WA Government warns boxing fans over unauthorised resale tickets

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The Western Australian Government has reminded boxing fans to avoid turning to unofficial resellers should they fail to secure tickets for a premium world title event in May. 

Perth’s RAC Arena (pictured) is set to host three world title fights, including the International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight world title on May 12. Tickets for the event are currently on sale through Ticketek, and expected to sell out quickly.

Officials also revealed that multiple offenders have been issued a A$2,000 (£1,034/€1,200/$1,300) infringement notice for the concerts from British band Coldplay at Optus Stadium in November. So far, nine A$2,000 infringement notices and six formal warnings have been issued, with illegal mark-ups ranging from 53-334%. Investigations are also ongoing.

The law in WA states that it is illegal for event tickets to be resold for more than 10% over the original ticket price. When listing tickets for sale, resellers must include the original cost, as well as booking fees, and details of the section, row and seat number.

Officials also warned that unauthorised resellers may try to disguise inflated ticket prices by offering a ‘package’ that may include food or accommodation. These sales are allowed, but only if the supplier is able to provide a specific breakdown of the costs before any money is handed over.

Fines range from A$2,000 infringement notices to A$20,000 should the matter head to court for individuals or companies – including unauthorised ticket reselling platforms and classified websites. Higher penalties of A$100,000 can also be handed out for those using ‘bots’ to bulk-purchase tickets, which is illegal in WA.

“Major sporting events like this are fantastic exposure for Western Australia, but their popularity creates an opportunity for ticket scalpers to take advantage of fans who are prepared to pay much higher prices but could risk disappointment if they are refused entry on the day,” said WA Commerce Minister Sue Ellery.

“If individuals purchase a ticket from an unauthorised source that doesn’t comply with the laws, contact the supplier or individual seller and seek a refund. If you suspect you have been scammed, lodge a chargeback request with your bank.”

Ellery added: “Individuals chasing some quick cash by reselling tickets at high prices risk losing that money and more after paying an infringement notice or being penalised further if they face court.”

The WA Government urged fans to only buy resale tickets through Ticketek Marketplace – the official reseller for the boxing.