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11 arrested for ticket scalping outside Andy Lau concert

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    11 arrested for ticket scalping outside Andy Lau concert

    11 suspected mainland Chinese scalpers arrested in Hong Kong for trying to sell tickets to Canto-pop legend Andy Lau concert at up to 6½ times face value
    Six men and five women, aged between 26 and 53, tried to sell tickets to officers posing as clients outside the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom, quoting prices of up to 6½ times the face value
    For tickets of HK$580 each, they quoted between HK$1,700 and HK$3,500. And for tickets of HK$980 each, they tried to resell them for between HK$3,500 and HK$5,000,”

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    From RTHK:

    The police on Friday arrested 11 mainlanders with two-way permits suspected of trying to sell Andy Lau concert tickets, thereby violating their conditions of stay.
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    Is it legal for a HK resident to resell tickets at a mark up?


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    Quote Originally Posted by huja
    Is it legal for a HK resident to resell tickets at a mark up?
    No. Seems like it is an offense at private entertainment venues - but the only punishment is a $2,000 fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    No.
    That's stupid in a city where you have to take out a long-term loan to buy imported, fresh produce and meat from the grocery stores. Hong Kong is all about arbitrage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huja
    Is it legal for a HK resident to resell tickets at a mark up?
    From the ordinance:

    Restrictions on the unauthorized sale of tickets
    (1)No person shall sell, or offer or exhibit or have in his possession for sale, or solicit the purchase of, any ticket or voucher authorizing or purporting to authorize admission to any place of public entertainment licensed under this Ordinance or any place with respect to which duty on payments for admission is payable under the Entertainments Tax Ordinance*—
    (a)in any public thoroughfare, or in the entrance hall of, or approaches to, any such place as aforesaid, except at a box-office, booth, turnstile or counter appointed by the proprietor or manager of such place or by the organizer of the entertainment, exhibition, performance, amusement, game or sport held therein; or (Amended L.N. 65 of 1986)
    (b)at a price exceeding the amount fixed by such proprietor, manager or organizer to be charged therefor, inclusive of the duty, if any, payable.
    (2)Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $2,000. (Amended 22 of 1950 Schedule)
    Very weird wording... Also, LCSD venues are apparently not covered by the ordinance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    No. Seems like it is an offense at private entertainment venues - but the only punishment is a $2,000 fine.
    David Webb again has the low down on what venues the law says you can and can't sell tickets at a markup...

    https://webb-site.com/articles/tickets2.asp
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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    From the ordinance:



    Very weird wording... Also, LCSD venues are apparently not covered by the ordinance.
    Yep, I guess the headline is misleading since it seems all 11 were 2-way permit holders so they were arrested for working while visiting, rather than the ticket scalping itself (as the Coliseum is run by the LCSD, HK PRs should be OK to scalp away )
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    So can you legally sell a leftover ticket at face-value - or even with a discount?