Dear A.S.S. Editor

We all know how the tickets for Ed Sheeran’s concert was sold out about 40 minutes after they went on sale. And now, we also know that while the tickets were sold out, not all were bought by fans who really wanted to watch him.

Seems like minutes after the tickets were all sold out, the ticket scalpers swung into action, and offered the tickets for sale on sites such as Carousell and Viagogo. The tickets, which went on sale for $108 to $248 via official channels, are not being hawked around for $2,520. The resale tickets appeared despite organisers AEG Presents having warned that “unlawful resale (or attempted unlawful resale) of a ticket would lead to seizure or cancellation of that ticket without refund or other compensation”.

These scalpers are making easy money out of the pockets of real fans. Is there anything the authorities can do about this? Like contact the sellers themselves and get them arrested for scalping? Surely scalping is a crime? This is clearly daylight robbery! But people will still be dumb enough or desperate enough to buy these tickets, and the scalpers will get away with it, making huge profits for not doing much.

Elvin Soh

A.S.S. Contributor

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