Resale websites push local ticket costs up

Tickets for the recent WWE Smackdown at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Twp. sold on a resale website for $450, more than four times the actual ticket prices, which ranged from $15 to $95.

Tickets to see Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons recently at the Scranton Cultural Center sold for $66 on the resale market when the face value was actually $48.

While ticket scalpers have been around for a long time, area venue officials say their methods today are more sophisticated and deceptive on the Internet.

The reselling of tickets for admission to events for inflated prices on secondary websites is growing. Today, scalping has taken the form of big reselling Internet companies such as StubHub and TicketLiquidator. According to Consumer Reports, the online resale market was a $2.6 billion business four years ago; this year, it’s projected to almost double.

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