The AFL has warned fans to only purchase finals tickets through approved sellers Ticketek as the ACCC launches legal action against ticket resale website Viagogo, which has duped unsuspecting AFL fans in the past.
The warning came as footy fans took to Twitter in fits of anger claiming they had been locked out of the official Ticketek website while buying finals tickets on Tuesday morning.
And it emerged on Tuesday afternoon that tickets for all of the first-week finals were already being resold high above face value on the Ticketmaster Resale website. Tickets do not have to have been originally purchased on Ticketmaster to be sold on the resale site.
AFL Fans Association spokesman Gerry Eeman described the Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale websites as allowing “legalised scalping” that “fleeces” fans.
“They are a tool to enable price gouging,” Eeman said. “There is nothing stopping the AFL from contacting the government and working with them on a fix.
“You can’t scalp AFL grand final tickets because of legislation so what’s stopping the AFL from pushing government to make it the same for all tickets?”. They’re at it already. Ticketmaster Resale is flogging tix for all four #AFL finals for up to $343.85. This must stop. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/leQeKp8qCW??? AFL Fans Association (@FansAFL) August 29, 2017Ticketing tip – if the @Ticketek_AU website is saying “Allocation Exhausted”, try another category or another bay. Keep searching??? Richmond FC (@Richmond_FC) August 29, 2017And, sadly, @Ticketek_AU won’t cope. They never do. https://t苏州夜场招聘/ruSDbiw2hd??? Erica Spinks (@ericaspinks) August 28, [email protected]_AU fail again. 2 hours of this. I want my #sydneyswans finals tickets! pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/3heeRJvQCx??? Matt Hampshire (@mjhampshire) August 29, 2017