But did you know there is an organized crime family specializing in fraud that has successfully operated throughout the world for almost 2,000 years? We have absolutely no idea how many Gypsies are in the United States. There are Gypsies in virtually every large town in America.
However, on the flipside, Trade Me provides fans who missed out with an alternative avenue for getting along to an event in a pure and transparent market. For the vast majority of events people are allowed to on-sell legitimate tickets, so Trade Me’s position is that we allow them to be sold.
At the end of the day these are trades between a willing buyer and a willing seller and the prices are simply market forces at work. It is impossible for us to enforce the terms and conditions of a third party like a ticketing agency for example, as we don’t have oversight of how the tickets were originally acquired.
It’d also be pretty hypocritical for us to step in to regulate the pricing around event tickets but not around everything else on site from toys to trains to trampolines to toilet brushes.
Does Trade Me make heaps of money from secondary tickets?
Assess the seller’s feedback on the site and make sure they are address verified.
And of course, hit the Community Watch badge to bring any listing that is of concern to the attention of our staff (who are available 24/7/365) so they can take a look and act as necessary.
No, financially, second-hand tickets are a tiny money-spinner for Trade Me.
Revenue is not a factor or part of the decision to allow tickets to be sold.
We don’t let sellers list tickets to events which are subject to the Major Events Management Act 2007.