Bruno Mars‘ 2018 Australian tour went on sale yesterday, with many of the tickets being snapped up in minutes.
Due to high demand, Mars will now play four shows in both Sydney and Melbourne, with C Reserve tickets the only ones available. That means the only way to snap up good seats now is to turn to a ticket reseller.
On Ticketmaster Resale, scalpers are selling tickets for up to $1277 which is almost eight times the original price of the ticket.
In Sydney, tickets are being resold for up to $750, if you’re looking at getting tickets on the floor.
Resale tickets selling for exorbitant prices has become common for most large Australian tours now. Tickets to Green Day’s 2017 Aussie tour are going for up to $900 while tickets to Ariana Grande’s upcoming tour are being sold for up to $500.
Consumer advocacy group CHOICE is currently asking fans and industry insiders to complete a survey about ticket scalping, asking people to dob in any dodgy ticket scalpers.
It’s also filed complaints to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against resale facilities Viagogo and Ticketmaster resale.
Yesterday, Ticketek attempted to stop scalpers reselling tickets to Harry Styles’ sold out Australian tour by not issuing any tickets for the events until October. Fans will then have to pick up physical tickets with ID.
It seems to have worked as resale sites are not selling any tickets to the shows.