Is It Legal To Scalp Tickets?

By SupportAgent User

They are finally coming back on a reunion tour…your favorite hair band from the 80s. You camped out for 24 hours with a whole lot of riff-raff to get you and your friends tickets and, of course, one of your buddy’s kid’s has a soccer game that night and he can’t make it. Now you have an extra ticket and you want to know if it is legal to go to the arena and scalp it for more than you paid. Is it?

Ticket scalping laws vary from state to state, but there are a couple things to keep in mind. Often, it is not legal to sell the tickets directly in front of the venue. Instead, there may be a designated area for “resellers” to hawk their wares.

When there is an anti-scalping law in effect, it generally does not matter whether the tickets are being sold at, below, or above face value; scalping is scalping as far as the law is concerned.

It is generally legal to resell the tickets online, however, a “markup” fee—similar to a tax—may apply if you are selling the ticket at a higher price that it was originally issued for. If a scalper sells a ticket in another state, however, these markup fees will generally not apply.

SeatGeek provides a helpful summary of scalping laws on a state-by-state basis: http://seatgeek.com/blog/ticket-industry/ticket-resale-laws

If you have additional questions about ticket scalping and whether it is legal in your jurisdiction, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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