It’s been a huge week for Swifties Down Under. Even with two pre-sales, a general sale and tour dates addedmillion australians Taylor Swift Fans have missed out on getting tickets.
But that doesn’t mean the journey is over! If you lost through regular salethere is still a chance that you can see the Eras Tour when it comes to Australia.
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Although Ticketek is the only official ticket seller for the Eras tour, I’d bet a Taylor Swift signed CD that there will be a LOT of tickets to resell through other vendors.
Let me start by being very clear: WE DON’T LIKE CLIMBERS. But we love people who resell their tickets for face value when they realize they can’t go.
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Fortunately, all of his concerts have been considered major events, protecting each ticket from scalpers.
If someone tries to sell their tickets on a site like eBay, Gumtree or the Marketplace for more than 110 percent of the original price, they will be penalized.
This is in an effort to stop ticket bots, automated programs that collect tickets during the official sale and resell them at a high markup on other sites.
For Swift’s US tour dates, this was a big deal, with some tickets selling on Stubhub for over $10,000.
I’ve already seen people trying to resell tickets they bought in the pre-sale on Wednesday. If you’re wondering “now who the hell would sell their tickets after trying so hard?”, consider these examples:
- People who bought VIP tickets panicked, then managed to get cheaper tickets in another sale, and plan to resell their original seats.
- People who tried for both Melbourne and Sydney are done with both and want to sell a set.
- Group chats that got too excited: Everyone bought a set of tickets and now has 16 tickets to a show, but only four people.
- People who bought family tickets now saying “I don’t want to pay $300, sorry.”
- Girls who bought tickets for their boyfriends, but split between now and February.
- Casual fans who only know a couple of songs by folklore, that they bought tickets just because they got past the line, that they suddenly need money in December for the festival season and decide to resell their seats.
Yes, some of these can be super specific, and I don’t wish any breakups on anyone, but it’s all to show that there are many reasons people will sell their tickets.
I personally bought two last-minute tickets to the Eras shows, both just two hours before I was due to take the stage. This was in the US, so things may be different here – take everything I say with a grain of salt!
US ticket seller Ticketmaster made random deliveries of leftover tickets on the day of each show. This is probably because they canceled their general sale after the pre-sale was in such high demand – they had a couple hundred unsold tickets for each show, but not enough to sell in a large batch.
Will Ticketek do the same here? It is not clear. I recommend following a local Taylor Swift update account on social media to stay on top of what’s going on, like @TSwift which is run by a Kiwi.
As for buying resale tickets, you have a few options: Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay, Viagogo.
There will probably be Facebook groups dedicated to Eras Tour Resell. I have friends in the US who bought tickets this way.
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You just have to be SUPER careful about scammers.
If you really want to buy a ticket, message the seller and ask them to show you a screen recording of your confirmation email, instead of just a screenshot.
Ticketek will not send out digital tickets until a few weeks before the show. It’s an effort to stop scalping, but it’s a bit annoying for people trying to legitimately sell tickets to other fans.
Just keep in mind that if you buy a ticket through scalping, you won’t have it right away; it may be safer to pay the seller a small deposit and send the rest when you have the tickets.
The main thing is not to worry too much. It may seem like you’re the only one who missed the tickets, especially when you scroll through Instagram stories today, but statistics show that more people missed them than actually got them.
Good luck and good luck.
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