NDP tickets on sale online at up to $400 apiece
HIGHLY sought-after National Day Parade (NDP) tickets were found on mobile marketplace Carousell - but only if you were willing to fork out up to $400.
One user, known as "kox koh", put up more than 10 posts to sell the tickets, pricing them from $200 to $400.
The $400 ticket was captioned "actual day, padang" and was listed on Friday. The latest post, touting "n/.s/.p tick" at $250, was put up yesterday.
The webpage was last seen by The Straits Times at around 12pm yesterday, but it was taken down by 1.45pm.
There were about 100,000 NDP tickets available this year, for the Aug 1 preview and the actual show on Aug 9.
This year's Golden Jubilee Parade is expected to have the largest fireworks display, a vintage parade and special aerial displays by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
The tickets are free but members of the public had to participate in a ballot to get them. The results of the ballot were announced from June 1 to 5, and successful applicants collected their tickets from June 5 to 14. Sale of the tickets is prohibited.
Writing in to citizen journalism website Stomp, student May, 25, said she hoped action will be taken against the seller. She has reported the matter to Carousell.
May said she was disappointed at not getting any tickets, but seeing the Carousell post made her even more frustrated.
"I wanted to take my grandfather and grandmother to see the parade. I'm fine with a fair ballot, but now this?" she told The Straits Times. "He's selling them at $300, which I find really ridiculous."
Carousell said yesterday that it has reviewed and removed all listings related to the sale of NDP tickets.
"We have found them to be in violation of item 12 of the ticketing terms and conditions issued by the event organiser, who has reached out to us for assistance on this matter," a spokesman for Carousell said in an e-mail message.
The website also asked users who come across such listings to report them by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com
This is not the first time NDP tickets have been put on sale online. Back in 2012 and 2013, some ticket holders attempted to auction them on auction website eBay, as well as on online classifieds service Craigslist, reports said.
To get around the prohibition on the sale of the tickets, sellers offered the tickets "free" with other items, including diamond pendants, Hello Kitty toys and in one case, a $300 hair clip.
Last month, tickets for sold-out events at the 28th SEA Games were also re-sold at inflated prices.
The June 5 opening ceremony tickets - which originally cost between $12 and $60 - went for up to $600 online.