Phil Collins Mis­sion tick­ets on sale: $1500

Hawke's Bay Today - - Front Page - Astrid Austin

Or­gan­is­ers of next year’s sold-out Phil Collins Mis­sion concert are warn­ing buy­ers to be care­ful af­ter tick­ets more than 10 times the orig­i­nal value were be­ing on-sold through Vi­a­gogo.

Collins will per­form on Wai­tangi Day, Fe­bru­ary 6, fol­low­ing a gig in Christchurch as part of his world tour Not Dead Yet: Live!

The tick­ets were sold through Tick­etek and the Mis­sion site and snapped up quickly in Septem­ber. The ticket re-sell­ing site, which has at­tracted much crit­i­cism, has gen­eral tick­ets go­ing from $296, to $1840 for re­served seat­ing tick­ets.

Sim­i­larly, mul­ti­ple list­ings on Trade Me are of­fer­ing Mis­sion Es­tate Win­ery tick­ets in “no re­serve” auc­tions, start­ing at well above dou­ble the orig­i­nal price.

Based on sales this past week, pun­ters are will­ing to pay at least dou­ble the orig­i­nal price, with two $155 Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion (GA) stand­ing tick­ets sell­ing for $618. Two other $155 GA tick­ets had met the seller’s re­serve at $455 in an auc­tion end­ing to­mor­row.

Fans will­ing to travel to Christchurch to see Collins have more op­tions — 10 of 16 auc­tions on­line yesterday were for his Fe­bru­ary 4 concert.

SEL Mis­sion Concert di­rec­tor Garry Craft said they had mea­sures to iden­tify this kind of ac­tiv­ity, but so far had not seen any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

“We try to iden­tify any par­tic­u­lar pur­chase, by, or on be­half of, Vi­a­gogo on the days fol­low­ing when we go on sale.”

He said they is­sued tick­ets on Oc­to­ber 1, to give them time to “have a look at the his­tory of all the pur­chases to try to find or iden­tify any­thing that was bought fraud­u­lently . . . . and then we can take ac­tion against it by can­celling those book­ings or re­vers­ing those book­ing”.

On their web­site, they state: “Do not buy from Vi­a­gogo”. How­ever, Craft said he sup­ported leg­is­la­tion in cer­tain states in Aus­tralia and else­where which al­lowed peo­ple to on-sell tick­ets, should they no longer need them, for no more than 10 per cent profit.

“No one should be al­lowed to on-sell tick­ets and profit by them.”

This year’s can­celled Neil Di­a­mond show at the Mis­sion saw about $22,000 worth of trans­ac­tions be­lieved to have been made with stolen cards — equat­ing to about 160 tick­ets.

A Com­merce Com­mis­sion spokesman said they had re­ceived eight com­plaints re­lat­ing to Vi­a­gogo and tick­ets for Phil Collins shows.

“Com­plaint in­for­ma­tion does not typ­i­cally spec­ify a show lo­ca­tion so we can­not pro­vide a fig­ure for com­plaints about the Napier show.”

The com­mis­sion has re­ceived nearly 500 com­plaints and inquiries about Vi­a­gogo dur­ing 2018.

In March, the com­mis­sion is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing, not­ing it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing nu­mer­ous al­leged in­ci­dents of fake tick­ets be­ing sold via Vi­a­gogo or the same ticket be­ing sold mul­ti­ple times.

In Au­gust they filed civil pro­ceed­ings against Vi­a­gogo in the High Court, al­leg­ing mul­ti­ple breaches of the Fair Trad­ing Act and seek­ing a trad­ing in­junc­tion.

The com­pany also faces court or en­force­ment ac­tion in Switzer­land, Ger­many, France, Spain, the UK and Aus­tralia. It has been fined in Italy and sued by Fifa.

Vi­a­gogo did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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