John Mayer’s concert in Singapore sold out as ticket scalpers go wild making a quick buck online

Photos: Live Nation SG Facebook page; Sportshub Tix screengrab
Photos: Live Nation SG Facebook page; Sportshub Tix screengrab

Another day, another major concert sold out in Singapore within minutes. This would have been good news if not for the legion of ticket scalpers ruining everything for actual fans.

Concert promoters Live Nation Singapore launched the sale of tickets to the general public for John Mayer’s upcoming show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at 10am today, and it didn’t take long for things to get messy. Some fans weren’t even able to access the ticketing system, with various problems including website crashes, issues with the captcha codes, being unable to process payments, and, of course, a vast amount of scalpers who somehow managed to get their hands on tickets.

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It didn’t help that fans faced the same agony when Live Nation released the pre-sale tickets to their members on Tuesday.

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As expected, scalpers are already running wild on various online marketplaces looking to make a quick buck out of their purchases. On Carousell, they’re going for as much as $450 a pop.

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It gets worse on ticket re-selling site Viagogo, where scalpers are selling ’em for as high as over S$1,000. It’s important to note that the official price range for the tickets on the SportsHub website is between $128 to $248.

In response to this article, the platform wanted us to know that they’re not the ones setting the tickets prices.

“Viagogo provides a platform for third-party sellers to sell tickets to event-goers,” the company wrote in an email to Coconuts Singapore.

“Viagogo does not set ticket prices, sellers set their own prices, which may be above or below the original face value. Where demand is high and tickets are limited, prices increase.”

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Live Nation didn’t have anything to say about the scalpers, but from their post, it appears that they might release more tickets or have an additional show soon.


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