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Proposed new anti-scalping laws

7 June 2018

Proposed laws aimed at better protecting South Australian consumers from scalpers have been introduced to State Parliament.

Proposed laws aimed at better protecting South Australian consumers from scalpers have been introduced to State Parliament.

Under the Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill 2018 corporations who rip off South Australians could face penalties of up to $100,000, with fines for individuals of up to $20,000.

“Scalping is a scourge perpetrated by professional predators that results in ordinary punters paying exorbitant prices to attend sporting and entertainment events,” said Attorney General Vickie Chapman.

The proposed laws would also tackle the rise of the ticket bots - software that scalpers use to buy tickets far faster than ordinary consumers, before flooding retail sites like eBay and Gumtree with tickets at massively inflated prices.

For example tickets to Adele’s Adelaide Oval concert last year were being offered at 700 per cent of the original asking price.

Under the proposed laws, the advertising, hosting of an advertisement for the resale of tickets or the actual resale to an event in SA to which the provisions apply for more than 110% of the original supply cost of the ticket will be prohibited.