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07-20-2008, 05:18 PM
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Is ticket scalping legal?

This information has been surprisingly hard for me to find! My friends and I were arguing over whether or not scalping is legal in Canada. I'm assuming it varies by province...anyone know which provinces allow it and which don't, or have a link to any information on it?

I'm from the Maritimes, and this has been a hot topic around here since Elton John concert tickets went on sale recently!

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To my understanding...yes, it's illegal.

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Yes.

But you can sell the ticket for face value... in a package that includes a $10 CD which you're selling for $500

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Haha, I'm sure there are a ton of loopholes. Are you positive its illegal everywhere in Canada though? I've heard a lot of conflicting opinions, but can't find anything from an 'official' source.

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It doesn't help when half the people think the words legal and illegal are synonymous...

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At the very least, they can kick you off the premise of the venue if you're scalping. So at GM place in Vancouver the scalpers are always there but can't get too close to the doors.

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Scalping is technically illegal, but the law is not enforced at all.

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It can be tricky. For the most part you are not allowed to sell tickets at more than face value, in most provinces. Therefore if you have season seats to something your actual ticket prices are lower and you can charge up to the face value of an individual game. For other venues I would imagine it is slightly frowned upon.

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In Vancouver they are not allowed to say " Anyone looking to buy tickets". So they pretty much cant initiate the transaction.

To get around this they say " Anyone looking to BUY tickets" with a huge emphasis put on buy,

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In Vancouver they are not allowed to say " Anyone looking to buy tickets". So they pretty much cant initiate the transaction.

To get around this they say " Anyone looking to BUY tickets" with a huge emphasis put on buy,

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In Vancouver they are not allowed to say " Anyone looking to buy tickets". So they pretty much cant initiate the transaction.

To get around this they say " Anyone looking to BUY tickets" with a huge emphasis put on buy,
In Montreal they just scream ''Tickets!!'', ''Tickets''!!.

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It doesn't help when half the people think the words legal and illegal are synonymous...
It's still the LAW. Irregardless.




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It's still the LAW. Irregardless.



Nah, just activist judges legislating from the bench.

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Not sure if anyone other than me cares, but I did find the answer. Apparently only Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario have ticket resale regulations.

http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/event-tickets.html

If you expand the 'Additional Information' down the page, you can see it. Seems like scalping is legal most places in North America.

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