Friday, August 13, 2004

Scalpers on the bound
We see them everywhere sadly. And even here for Rowlings' only book appearance this year, we find them. 400 of the 500 tickets that were available for the reading at Edinburghs' Book Festival made it into the hands of Harry Potter fans. But four tickets managed to make it to the Ebay circuit. Ebay, as in the online auction site. Luckily, Rowlings' publicity team were able to contact Ebay, and have all four tickets removed. Explaining that the tickets were never meant to be sold in this manner.
As for the man selling them? In his ad, it was written to be a "once-in-a-lifetime chance" to see the Harry Potter author at a reading. And that the show would be "an unforgetable family event".
Explaining that the tickets had been put up for sale because the event clashed with a last-minute holiday booking, the seller said that the main ticket holder had to be male, and would be required to provide address identification and proof of payment. Both of which, he would provide.

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