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Last ray of hope for Aussie Taylor Swift fans as ticket resale platform opens ahead of Eras tour

Elena CouperNCA NewsWire
All Australian dates for The Eras Tour are sold out. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconAll Australian dates for The Eras Tour are sold out. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: Supplied

A devastated Melbourne woman has been scammed out of $900 while attempting to buy resale tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour on social media.

Fans who have missed out on tickets to the country star’s coveted Eras Tours have been thrown a lifeline, with more tickets going on sale this week.

The official resale tickets are being sold with measures in place to try to stamp out scalpers and scammers, renewing calls for concertgoers to remain vigilant when seeking to purchase tickets for highly popular events.

One desperate Swiftie recently succumbed to such an online scam, transferring $900 to a swindler who advertised resale tickets in a local Facebook group.

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The scammer took the woman’s money then blocked her on social media, leaving her out of pocket and without a ticket.

“She acted normal, showed me screenshots of her transferring the tickets,” the Melbourne woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, shared with Yahoo Finance Australia.

“Then, when I didn’t get them, she told me it was an extra $100 per ticket to transfer.”

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Camera IconThe fan was scammed out of $900 attempting to buy resale tickets on social media. Yahoo Finance Australia Credit: Supplied

Ticketek’s official resale platform, Ticketek Marketplace, will open up on Friday and give fans one last chance to get tickets.

Anyone who has bought tickets and no longer wishes to use them will be able to sell them on the platform.

Fans have been reminded that it is the only approved resale platform for buying and selling tickets for The Eras Tour.

Resale tickets for other artists such as The Weeknd, P!nk and Blink-182 are also listed on the website.

While Ticketek does not normally recognise tickets transferred from the original purchaser to a third party, it will officially accept tickets resold through the marketplace.

It’s the only way fans can legitimately purchase resale tickets.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NCA NewsWire Photos - 28 JUNE, 2023: Taylor Swift fans have reported a confusing message from Ticketek that has created chaos as millions try to secure seats at her Eras Tour.More than one million fans are fighting it out over just 450,000 tickets during the Frontier Touring presale event which kicked off at 10am on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconAll Australian dates for The Eras Tour are sold out. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: Supplied

Tickets for Swift’s shows will go live on Ticketek Marketplace at 10am AEDT on Friday and there are no purchase limits for buyers.

Ticketek has warned customers that it is unlikely a flurry of tickets will be made available tomorrow and it is not known when ticket holders might choose to list tickets for resale.

Nor is it known how many tickets will be listed for sale on the platform; however, they could be more likely to appear closer to the concert dates.

Swift will perform in Melbourne at the MCG on February 16-18 and in Sydney at the Accor Stadium from February 23-26.

Prices of the resale tickets will also be capped at an additional 10 per cent of their original purchase price in a bid to curb inflated resale costs.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Newswire Photos November 10, 2023: People queuing outside Ticketek on Exhibition Street in Melbourne for Taylor Swift tickets ahead of her Eras Tour. Picture NCA NewsWire / Aaron Francis
Camera IconHundreds of fans braved sweltering conditions in Melbourne on November 10, queuing at box offices for Swift tickets. NCA NewsWire / Aaron Francis Credit: Supplied

Original tickets, the allocation of which has been exhausted for every Australian show, ranged in price from $79.90 to $1249.90.

It’s hoped that the legitimate resale platform will help to tackle scalpers who might prey on desperate fans who have missed out on the highly sought after tickets.

This comes two weeks after hundreds of fans braved the weather to queue up for limited tickets sold at ticket offices in Melbourne and Sydney, with some waiting for more than 24 hours.

Originally published as Last ray of hope for Aussie Taylor Swift fans as ticket resale platform opens ahead of Eras tour

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