If we were to bring you every single ‘scam’ story or tale of heartbreak because of tickets purchased through the secondary market that would be a lifetime’s work for hundreds of writers working around the clock, and so many of the stories would be heart-breakers. But don’t take our word for it. All you need to do to get the measure of the secondary platforms is to visit third-party review sites like Trust Pilot and type in the name of the companies who dominate these resale channels.
But from the New Paper in Singapore comes a wonderful story about how an online Liverpool supporters group came together to crowdfund the purchase of real tickets [for the recent Liverpool v West Ham match] after a husband and wife were scammed over Facebook but not before flying all the way from SE Asia. They didn’t realise the scam until after handing over cash for a pair of tickets that they letter discovered were forgeries.
Wife Nurazila Suparman expressed the emotion many feel when discovering the ruthless tactics and deception practised as a matter of course in the secondary market: ‘We were heartbroken and disappointed. I cried not because of how much money we had wasted, but the fact that this trip was now for nothing.
‘One moment we thought we were finally going to realise a dream and then suddenly it was such a nightmare.’
Please do remember – official ticket plus hospitality is the best way.
Thankfully – and unusually – this story has a happy ending: ‘Literally, it was the club's motto in action - You'll never walk alone. We really felt the love.’
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