Ticket Resale

Tackling the touts

Another Hong Kong Sevens has come and gone, but for all its enduring popularity the curse of touts and fake tickets proved worse then ever this year.

Sunday, 1 April, 2012, 12:00am

Now for the scalpers' next target: Lady Gaga shows

Lady Gaga fans who attended the recent Hong Kong Sevens are bound to see a few familiar faces at the pop diva's four gigs in the city next month - and that'll be the ticket touts outside the venue.

The 'Born This Way Ball' hits the AsiaWorld-Arena on May 2, 3, 5 and 7, the final show having been hastily arranged after a ticketing fiasco left fans in a rage at scalpers.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Touts threaten to spoil the party

There are so many things that remind me how old I am - like my knees, my back and my hairline. But these days perhaps nothing makes me feel my age quite like the Sevens. Yeah, I'm so damn old I remember when you could buy tickets to this thing. Twenty years ago it didn't even sell out and a few years later buying tickets morphed into an event.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Union vows to blacklist Sevens ticket touts

Local rugby clubs or individuals caught selling preferential Hong Kong Sevens tickets face blacklisting following the Sunday Morning Post's discovery that tickets were being touted online for more than four times their face value.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Scalping already prohibited by law, but that provision should be abolished

Your correspondent J. Ferencova calls for the outlawing of ticket resales at a profit ('It is time to outlaw ticket scalpers', March 8). Section 6 of the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance already does so. It says: 'No person shall sell ... any ticket or voucher authorising ... admission to any place of public entertainment ...

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Company is trying to stop touts from getting hold of concert tickets

HK Ticketing appreciates the views expressed by J. Ferencova ('It is time to outlaw ticket scalpers', March 8).

Our first objective is to maximise the availability of tickets at their original price to those people who genuinely want to attend the event.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


It is time to outlaw ticket scalpers

On Friday, I spent more than one hour with one finger on the refresh button of my browser and the other on redial of my mobile phone, trying to get through to Hong Kong Ticketing in order to get tickets for the third Lady Gaga concert in May.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Queueing all for naught for some Gaga fans

Lady Gaga fans and ticket scalpers jostled to be in prime position in a last-chance struggle for tickets that go on sale at 10am today.

About 80 people were waiting in line outside a Tom Lee Music Store in Causeway Bay yesterday afternoon when a staff member broke the news that only the first 50 could buy tickets for the third and final show on May 5.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hope for Gaga fans as third show is set

Lady Gaga fans who missed out on prized tickets for the singer's first two Hong Kong shows may have a glimmer of hope - Mother Monster is staging a third performance.

Live Nation, which is promoting the Born This Way Ball, said the American would be back at the AsiaWorld-Arena on May 5 after 'Monday's overwhelming ticket sales resulting in two sold-out shows'.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Golden opportunity seen in Gaga rush

It looked like a crime scene. Cordoned off by police tape, dozens of people napped or played cards as they camped out in a Tsim Sha Tsui alley that rats and cockroaches would call home.

They were the hardcore group, the ones serious about getting tickets to Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball'. But these were not Gaga's little monsters, her hardcore fans.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Sevens tickets could be sold by lottery next year

Hong Kong Sevens organisers are planning to allocate tickets for next year's event by lottery in a further bid to reduce the influence of ticket touts.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Urbtix makes collection easier

Users of the Urbtix internet or credit card telephone booking systems can now collect their pre-paid tickets at any of the 36 ticket dispensing machines at performance venues across the city. Previously, they could only collect tickets over the counter. Users can also opt for postal delivery of tickets up to seven days before a performance. More information is available on urbtix.hk.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Tickets being sold for 72 times asking price

They might be hard to get hold of after this week's computer crash, but Olympic tickets are selling like over-priced hot cakes as mainlanders defy the law and go touting. As reported in the SCMP in September, 'Yellow Bull' scalpers are upping prices for the opening ceremony by as much as 72 times the asking price with a 5,000-yuan ticket to the ceremony going at an astronomical 360,000 yuan.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Tickets up for grabs in second round of sales

About 20,000 equestrian tickets are still up for grabs for the Hong Kong public.

Reservation started in June and closed last month, said the China Travel Service, the official ticket agent for the games in Hong Kong.

With 40,000 tickets sold from an estimated 60,000 made available for Hong Kong people by Bocog, the rest will go for public sale from October 15.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

New Wembley scores FA Cup final own goals


You would think the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley - between two top clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea - would be cause for celebration. After all, it had been seven years since the final was last played at the stadium.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am