State Government issues warning over scalped Eagles finals tickets

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FOOTY fans are being warned against buying tickets from anyone but Ticketmaster for the Eagles blockbuster preliminary final against Melbourne this weekend.

Tickets for members go on sale at 9am this morning with the general public to follow at 2pm, and the State Government says fans risk disappointment should they buy from anyone other than the approved seller.

“Patrons at some of Perth’s major venues are regularly left disappointed and out-of-pocket after purchasing tickets from unauthorised sellers and being unable to enter events,” the warning said.

“Professional ticket scalpers employ sophisticated technology to buy tickets in bulk, before offering them for heavily inflated prices on online platforms such as Viagogo and Gumtree.

“Some unauthorised online resellers design their websites to appear legitimate, while others purchase special arrangements from search engines to display their platforms more prominently than authorised sellers.

“For the 2018 AFL Finals series, tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are sold at a price set by the AFL, with the tickets 100 per cent guaranteed.”

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray urged the public to use Ticketmaster only.

“The only safe way to purchase tickets is to buy direct from the authorised primary seller,” he said.

“Online resellers use tricky tactics, including making their websites appear as if they are authorised sellers, and paying to appear at the top in online search engine results.

“We don’t want members of the public paying way above fair price only to not even gain entry to the event.”