Scalpers Reselling Ariana Grande Manchester Benefit Tickets at 2,000 Percent
The bad news is that scalpers are raising a lot of money for their wallets. Tickets to her benefit concert are already being resold for 2,000 percent of their original cost.
Tickets for the event went on sale at 10 a.m. U.K. time on June 1, and sold out within six minutes, as the Twitter account for One Love Manchester announced.
The tickets to the event cost a mere £40, or $52, but already resellers are trying to make a huge profit off those who missed out on the original sale.
Twitter user @samchaernin took a screenshot of one ticket being sold for £800, or $1,032, which is 20 times the original price.
“PROFITS TO CHARITY,” the listing claims, dubiously.
Additionally, fans who attended the May 22 concert are entitled to free tickets to the benefit concert, but those who purchased their tickets through resale websites are having difficulty claiming their benefit tickets, The Guardian reports, because Ticketmaster can’t authenticate them as May 22 attendees.
@1LoveManchester shared a screenshot of a shady conversation between a fan and a reseller.
The fan asks for a confirmation of the tickets, and the seller responds “I can’t screenshot right now as my button on [my] phone is broken.”
The One Love Manchester Twitter account also retweeted a post by eBay UK, which is taking action to combat resellers who try to bilk concertgoers.
“Please do not attempt to sell #OneLoveManchester tickets on our site,” the company tweets. “We are actively removing all listings & restricting sellers who try to.”
Meanwhile, if you cannot attend the concert but would like to support those affected by the bombing, you can donate to the British Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.