Ask Joe: Is ticket scalping legal?

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Updated: 1/07/2014 6:39 pm
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about how the law works when it comes to ticket scalping.

I purchased tickets online from a company called Absolute Tickets for the upcoming Dolly Parton Concert in Reno. The tickets were $335 each, and my card was billed a total of $872. The face value of each ticket says $89.50. Is it legal for them to charge that much?
- Donna Antraccoli

I checked with both the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's office about this. According to the Attorney General, there is no law in Nevada to outlaw ticket scalping. There is a city ordinance in Las Vegas which prohibits it, and state law does regulate how much can be tacked on in taxes to ticket sales, but that's it.

So if you're outside of Las Vegas, and this concert is in Reno, there is really nothing to prevent people from hiking those ticket prices. The only advice is to purchase your tickets through the box office, or call them and find out their provider is. In the case of the Reno Event Center, it is Ticketmaster so that is where you'd want to purchase your tickets for a show there.
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