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    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 24th Jun 11, 4:51 PM
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    MSE News: Olympic tickets can be re-sold to friends or family
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    • 24th Jun 11, 4:51 PM
    MSE News: Olympic tickets can be re-sold to friends or family 24th Jun 11 at 4:51 PM
    This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

    "The second batch of London 2012 tickets went on sale today - but you can also re-sell tickets to friends & family ..."

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    • Arthurian
    • By Arthurian 24th Jun 11, 4:59 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 4:59 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 4:59 PM
    Why on earth say they are non-transferable, then say you can re-sell them to 'friends'? And without photo ID, which concert promoters are now starting to insist upon? The article says you can't re-sell online for a profit and you can't re-sell at an online auction site - so what about re-selling offline for a profit, via a newspaper or magazine? Or by writing to a corporate hospitality organisation? Lots more to uncover, I think.
    Last edited by Arthurian; 24-06-2011 at 5:05 PM.
    • nedski
    • By nedski 24th Jun 11, 6:16 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 6:16 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 6:16 PM
    "You should not, however, sell tickets online for a profit as this is a criminal offence. It is also illegal to sell tickets via online auction sites"
    Under what law is this illegal? I know that the resale of Football tickets is illegal under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, but I wasn't aware that this covered the Olympics too.
    Sounds like scare tactics to me...
    • ashleypride
    • By ashleypride 24th Jun 11, 6:50 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 6:50 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 6:50 PM
    "You should not, however, sell tickets online for a profit as this is a criminal offence. It is also illegal to sell tickets via online auction sites"
    Under what law is this illegal? I know that the resale of Football tickets is illegal under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, but I wasn't aware that this covered the Olympics too.
    Sounds like scare tactics to me...
    Originally posted by nedski
    London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 Section 31.
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/12/section/31

    "(1)A person commits an offence if he sells an Olympic ticket—
    (a)in a public place or in the course of a business"
  • D_Dickenson
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    • 24th Jun 11, 9:54 PM
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    • 24th Jun 11, 9:54 PM
    Does anyone understand section 2 (c) & 3 from the above link. Does it mean if we say we didn't know then it is ok?


    (2)(c) a person shall (without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1)(a)) be treated as acting in the course of a business if he does anything as a result of which he makes a profit or aims to make a profit.

    (3)A person does not commit an offence under subsection (1) by advertising that a ticket is available for purchase if

    (a)the sale of the ticket if purchased would be in the course of a business only by reason of subsection (2)(c), and

    (b)the person does not know, and could not reasonably be expected to discover, that subsection (2)(c) would apply to the sale.
    • Le73Uq86Uv
    • By Le73Uq86Uv 26th Jun 11, 9:24 AM
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    • 26th Jun 11, 9:24 AM
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    • 26th Jun 11, 9:24 AM
    I guess they don't give a (insert what you like) about security.

    What if those tickets came into the hands of terrorists?
    Signature removed club member No1.

    It had no link, It was not to long and I have no idea why.
    • mynameisclare
    • By mynameisclare 26th Jun 11, 10:11 AM
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    • 26th Jun 11, 10:11 AM
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    • 26th Jun 11, 10:11 AM
    What was stopping terrorists buying tickets through the official channels?
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 26th Jun 11, 9:17 PM
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    • 26th Jun 11, 9:17 PM
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    • 26th Jun 11, 9:17 PM
    For those who didnt get tickets you have saved yourself some money and you could buy a tv and invite your friends over to watch the games
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 27th Jun 11, 9:10 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 9:10 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 9:10 AM
    I wish stricter laws where in place with all tickets, every concert which will be big leaves many fans without tickets and half the tickets on ebay and such like.
    • beagle
    • By beagle 6th Jan 12, 6:36 PM
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    Anybody know what happens when you've got childrens' tickets which were priced at their age in pounds? If we've got 2 adult tickets and one 8 year old and one 6 year old, could we only sell the childrens tickets to friends/family who had children of that age or younger?
    • goody2
    • By goody2 7th Jan 12, 8:25 AM
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    We re in the same boat..we need to sell our tickets......

    my wife whose bought a ticket for is disabled, I go free as a carer and we got another ticket for my daughter, how do we sell them correctly?

    'The Olympic games is there for everyone in the UK' ...my foot it is!
  • Howardtim
    Hi I ve just phoned the olympic customer service line, the person who purchased the tickets has to be at the venue.

    This seems contradictory to the associated article about transferring olympic tickets to family.

    I have purchased tickets for my family but do not propose to go to all the events, some events I have 2 tickets and they are more suited for other members of my family.

    Does anyone know the exact ruling about family and friends?
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    • beagle
    • By beagle 17th Jan 12, 9:56 PM
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    Hi I ve just phoned the olympic customer service line, the person who purchased the tickets has to be at the venue.

    This seems contradictory to the associated article about transferring olympic tickets to family.

    I have purchased tickets for my family but do not propose to go to all the events, some events I have 2 tickets and they are more suited for other members of my family.

    Does anyone know the exact ruling about family and friends?
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    Originally posted by Howardtim
    Just got a response back from the ticketing team. Whilst they didn't answer my question about how the "pay their age" tickets can be resold, they did answer about the purchaser being present:

    Our ticketing policy states that the lead booker must be in attendance at the time of the event, however, if the lead booker is unable to attend and would like to pass their tickets on to a family member or friend, we will be sensible in our approach towards this. If an issue were to arise on the day of the event we would ideally want to contact the lead booker and communicate with them directly for confirmation.

    If the card holder contacts us in June, we will have a much clearer plan of how it will work.
    • gemma.zhang
    • By gemma.zhang 19th Jan 12, 8:18 PM
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    I have called them with the same question.

    they said similar things, and they need to be able to contact the card holder in case of issues, and they have the right to refuse entry etc.

    I am concerned as I plan to sell them to friends / family, just hope things will be fine.. I don't understand how come they couldn't have a definite answer. This is frustrating.. I will be 9 month pregnant during olympic games, and certainly can't go!.
  • JohnW
    Gemma,

    You really shouldnt worry about this - as stated in the post above, LOCOG will be sensible about this. Me and loads of other on Twitter have bought tickets from around Europe not just for ourselves, but for friends, family, colleagues, on the understanding that all be OK - I am completely relaxed about this to be honest. This is huge event and there will be big long queues at every venue as security will be tight. LOCOG will want to minimise any inconvenience and bad headlines (Daily Mail!) and will want to get spectators into the venues ASAP.

    So, as stated above, if worst comes to worst and the ticket 'holders' are questioned, the ticket 'purchaser' should in the words of Paul Deighton, the CEO of LOCOG, "make themselves available" to reassure the people who are checking the tickets. What does this mean? A simple phonecall to you probably. Thats all. But in all likelihood, this won't happen in the majority of cases.

    John [for Olympic tickets info & news - Twitter: @volshy]
  • JohnW
    Hi I ve just phoned the olympic customer service line, the person who purchased the tickets has to be at the venue.
    <snip>
    Does anyone know the exact ruling about family and friends?
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    Originally posted by Howardtim
    There is NO exact ruling on this, because they have to stick to the legal framework laid down in the Anti-touting Olympics 2006 Act (or something like that!) which was put in place specifically for the Games.

    BUT... this is a HUGE event and there will always be cases where people cant make it for loads of reasons.... so LOCOG have no choice but to be sensible.

    If you search for information about this, you find plenty of news articles on BBC or the Telegraph, Times or Guardian.

    In fact go on Twitter, follow James Pearce of BBC News (@pearcesport) and ask him - he has great contacts with LOCOG and has been extremely helpful in the ticket hunt around Europe. He has stated several times that it is perfectly fine for tickets to be given/sold to family/friends/colleagues. AND the ticket PURCHASER does NOT have to be at the event... but does have to "make themselves available" (eg on end of phone) should there be a problem.

    John [Twitter: @volshy]
  • JohnW
    We re in the same boat..we need to sell our tickets......

    my wife whose bought a ticket for is disabled, I go free as a carer and we got another ticket for my daughter, how do we sell them correctly?

    'The Olympic games is there for everyone in the UK' ...my foot it is!
    Originally posted by goody2
    Go to tickets.london2012.com... sign in to your account, then makr your tickets to be sold (Resale) - they will DEFINITELY be bought by LOCOG who are the ONLY buyer in this rejigged "Resale" process.

    John [Twitter: @volshy]
    • snakesam13
    • By snakesam13 25th Jan 12, 1:00 PM
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    Hi, wonder if anyone has any idea what I can do here without being thrown in a cell and given bread and water for the rest of my life........ I played one of the national lottery online scratchcards and won 2 olympics tickets worth 350 (for both) I cant go to the olympics even if i wanted to, I cant sell them back through the 2012 website as i dont have an account they told me to contact national lottery, they have said that its correct i cant sell them back to 2012, cant exchange them, but could give them away to family or friends, forgive me if this sounds greedy i love my friends n family to bits but 350 is 350 and i did win them fair and square by spending money on the scratchcard in the first place, so why should i be forced to give away my prize????? seems very unfair, have thought about mentioning them on Facebook to my "Friends" and see if anyone wants them but would have to pay 300 delivery charge would this still get me into bother?? or the hubby has suggested selling my friendship on ebay????.............

    Thanks to all posters you're all amazing!!
  • D_Dickenson
    Hi, wonder if anyone has any idea what I can do here without being thrown in a cell and given bread and water for the rest of my life........ I played one of the national lottery online scratchcards and won 2 olympics tickets worth 350 (for both) I cant go to the olympics even if i wanted to, I cant sell them back through the 2012 website as i dont have an account they told me to contact national lottery, they have said that its correct i cant sell them back to 2012, cant exchange them, but could give them away to family or friends, forgive me if this sounds greedy i love my friends n family to bits but 350 is 350 and i did win them fair and square by spending money on the scratchcard in the first place, so why should i be forced to give away my prize????? seems very unfair, have thought about mentioning them on Facebook to my "Friends" and see if anyone wants them but would have to pay 300 delivery charge would this still get me into bother?? or the hubby has suggested selling my friendship on ebay????.............
    Originally posted by snakesam13
    There must be lots of people in a situation similar to this where a mechanism to swap or sell tickets in needed.
    I'm desperate for an extra Olympic Park day pass for a 3 year old. We have family coming from France totalling 9 people and between us we have been lucky enough to get 8 basketball/swimming tickets on the same day. So it could be a great day out in the Olympic Park for the whole family but we need one extra entrance ticket so the 3 year old can join her 6 year old sister in the Olympic Park for a few hours and go home with their mother while the rest of us enjoy the sport in the evening.
    If anyone has a spare Olympic Park day pass for the 2nd August then please let me know.
  • LondonKM
    Any advice on this?
    My mum has tickets to one of the athletic events but she will be out of the country (as she only received one set of tickets, it did not seem worth changing her holiday plans).

    Although London2012 says it allows transfer of tickets to family, this requires the tickets to have been delivered, so they can be re-sold.

    1. Royal mail did not ring the doorbell, just put "failed to deliver slip" through the door
    2. The tickets immediately were sent back to London2012
    3. In order to collect the tickets, it requires the card and ID from the account holder.

    However, my mum is already on holiday and will not cancel her trip in order to present her ID.

    Can anyone see a way around this? It seems crazy that her tickets could go to waste through the incompetence of Royal Mail...?!?!

    Thanks for your help!
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