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TheLoneRanger
Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:12:33 PM
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6426246/Mallard-offers-ticket-cash-back

Is it ethical for a ex cabinet minister and ex associate minister of finance to be onselling tickets at a profit.


"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
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Always28
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 6:31:03 AM
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Patrick, you make the mistake of assuming that politicians are people of ethics...there's plenty of evidence on this side of the ditch that this theory is grossly overstated.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 7:09:44 AM
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But he was a Labour Party politican.
I would have hoped that would have meant that he was more likely to identify with the "man in the street"
And to boot,he was the Minister for the Environment.
Before entering parliament,he was a schoolteacher.
It is a bit suspicious that he was a member of Trade Me since 2005,but thought that the only way you could sell was by way of auction,and did not know that you could specify a Buy Now price.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
spintheblackcircle
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 9:34:19 AM
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The prices people are willing to pay for concerts/festivals can at times get a little crazy. But there are swings and roundabouts with that. Take Big Day Out for example. A few years ago, people were buying up tickets when they went on sale and sold them on ebay for a 200% profit. This year the same people were selling the same tickets for a 75% loss. The market change of supply and demand dictates what people are willing to pay.

My personal view is that you should only be able to sell them for the face value of the ticket. But i know my moralistic stance on the matter is often outweighed by the factors mentioned above. As for the ethics, well that's a touchy subject. Many events have conditions printed on the tickets stating that it is illegal to sell tickets for above the listed price, therefore making it both legally, and by extension, ethically wrong. Policing of this is extremely difficult and fosters an environment where this behaviour continues unabated.

All that aside, for an elected parliamentary representative to be engaging in this practice is legally, morally and ethically wrong and he/she should be stripped of his/her position. There are no excuses for them behaving in this manner, they simply must know better.

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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 9:53:25 AM

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Its life, the market determines the price. If an event is sold out and people are willing to pay increased prices then scalpers have the incentive to snap up any cost price tickets offered. It could be argued that the pollie made sure his tickets went to real fans.
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davidmoses
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 2:23:37 PM
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Big believer in ticket karma. Whenever we've had tix for a show which we cannot attend, we never sell them for a profit. In return, we've had amazing luck in either getting freebies or upgrades to other shows.
freexone
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 8:40:51 PM
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Have 5 day tickets sold out?
Suddenly I've got 'very' serious family issues, and I may have to reluctantly sell my ticket..
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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:59:51 AM
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Sorry to hear that freexone,
It must be pretty serious if your thinking of cancelling,,

Hope everything turns out OK,,,


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greybeard
Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012 9:15:52 AM

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Bambambam, I think there was some humour intended by Freetimesone's posting

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freexone
Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 12:50:35 PM
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Sorry greybeard
    sadly, there is no humour this time ..

And thanks for the kind thought bambambam..
Your kind wishes lend me strength.
Slow, sad blues would seem highly appropriate.
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