eBay to Remove Gulf Concert Ticket Listings

posted June 23rd, 2010 at 3:01 pm

by Josh Martin

In a statement today, eBay said that they would remove all listings of tickets for the Jimmy Buffett Gulf Coast concert, and take steps to prevent them from being listed in the future.

From WKRG:

Free tickets to Jimmy Buffett’s Gulf Coast Relief Concert will be removed from eBay, according to a statement released by the company.

“While eBay in many cases allows the listing of event tickets that are initially distributed for free, we did not feel that the resale of free tickets to the Gulf Coast benefit concert was appropriate or consistent with the charitable spirit of the event,” the company said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the company said eBay is in the process of removing existing ticket listings from the website, and they have put “measures in place to try to capture new listings from going live.”

As of Wednesday afternoon a pair of concert tickets was still listed for more than $2400.

The article does not state what will happen with the tickets that were listed and then removed. If you were unable to get tickets this morning, you might continue to check TicketMaster as they may void sales that they can trace to scalpers and then make them available again.

Also, Alabama Governor Bob Riley is looking into the matter:

“Our office is asking questions about what happened because the purpose of this event is to benefit the Gulf Coast, not ticket scalpers,” said Riley spokesman Todd Stacy.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Tickets

  • Sally Perkins

    The tickets should be voided and re issued the correct way. The tickets were never available to normal customers. They jammed the lines. How can we help the people of the coast like this? Maybe they should charge for the tickets but donate the money to Alabama Gulf Coast victims only. I am sure this is not what Jimmy Buffett intended. I praise him for a good heart and good intentions.

  • Tiffany

    I think that this whole thing was screwed up from the beginning. I knew it would cause a horribl thing as this to happen. However I was a lucky one who did ONLY get 2 tickets. I was told to take what I needed, and that is 2, one for me, and one for my partner…Now all of this talk about taking away all tickets is a little out of hand. Yes, we will be willing to pay face value for these tickets if we must. However revamping all tickets and then selling them all over again…they need to track down who done this and get them. Not the inocent ones…

  • David

    Do the right thing ebay. I went on ebay at 10:15 this morning and there were already people trying to sell tickets for anywhere from $100-$750. There should have been no tickets required to begin with. This event is for a great cause and it’s a public beach. I know there has to be some limitations for security and safety reasons but they should just let anyone who wants to attend enter. If nothing else just require a $25 entrance fee.

  • Ivana

    i agree they should make it ticket free. because the people who are cleaning up they oil spill where at work so they couldnt get in line to get tickets. so what about them?

  • Cheri

    I think that they handled distributing the tickets the only way that they could, but I think this is how people are. Take advantage of anything they can. I am glad that ebay is stepping up and putting a halt to it. Hopefully this disaster won’t turn into another Katrina fraud where people were getting money when they were not even affected by the hurricane!

  • Jennifer McCallum

    I wanted to go to this so bad, but not as bad as my 58 year old Mom. And didn’t even have a chance to get a ticket. Was on phone with Ticket Masters @ 10:07 & they told her they where sold out. And I’m sure it qa to ll these folks getting them for the wrong reasons. While all of us with good intentions are left without! Really sad! !

  • Jennifer McCallum

    And another thing I hope that they did hold out tickets for the ones helping clean our coast. Because they really deserve to enjoy this! And THANKS to all of them for helping with the clean up! !

  • Patt

    It doesnt stop anyone from selling them to someone else and you will never be able to no matter how you distribute them or what you charge for them. Ebay should allow them to sell them but require them to donate the money to the charity…they have a donate feature on their listing engine. There is always such a small number of tickets available to the public anyways…they shouldnt be setting aside any tickets for brokers, agents, venues and every one else involved. When I wanted tickets for Conseco Fieldhouse I could never get them from ticketmaster no matter if I called on the minute that they supposedly went on sale or not, unless I wanted nosebleed section seats…the only way to get good tickets on lower level or floor was to contact someone you knew that worked for Conseco. They put their name on a list and got tickets that were set aside for the venue for their own people…its a scam no matter how you look at it.

  • Candace Primeaux

    Thank you, E-Bay and Alabama Governor for doing this. I logged on to 2 different computers at 10:00 on the dot and couldn’t get only the 4 I was trying to get for my family only. And I tried until almost 11:00, just in case. Then I saw that they were selling on E-Bay. I just wonder what will happen to the people who sold them on E-Bay, and believe me, there were MANY MANY that sold. Someone actually SOLD 4 tickets for $699.00. So what will happen to all the tickets that were already sold before E-Bay started pulling listings!

  • http://www.senorstag.com stag parties

    I’m not sure what you mean by the “haves” and “have nots,” claycity…..as I personally feel everyone has an equal opportunity in this country (or this situation).


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