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Touts attempt to sell One Love Manchester tickets on Ebay

By Jordan Harris | Sandwell | UK News | Published:

Ticket touts – including one seller from the Black Country – put tickets to the Manchester terror commemoration concert for sale on Ebay at inflated prices just minutes after they sold out.

The listing, which has since been taken down.

Tickets for One Love Manchester, which features Ariana Grande, whose concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 was targeted by terrorists, went on sale today and sold out in six minutes.

The show will include performances from Take That, Coldplay and Justin Bieber, amongst other pop stars.

However, music fans were left disgusted after tickets appeared on Ebay at inflated prices just minutes after selling out.

One seller, whose account is registered to Oldbury, put two standing tickets on sale for £400 before they were swiftly taken down.

The stage being set up for One Love Manchester

Tickets for regular fans were priced at £40, while those who had attended the tragic gig were able to go for free.

An Ebay spokesman said: "We don’t allow the sale of any type of ticket on eBay so these will be removed automatically.

"All tickets for this event will most certainly be removed by the team who are doing manual sweeps to pick up any that slip through.

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"You’ll see that listing has been ended by our team, so a sale did not take place.

"We also aren’t allowing the sale of any item which profits in any way from the tragedy in Manchester.

"All of these items are being removed if they appear, and the sellers’ accounts will be restricted.

"Customers can give at checkout to the Manchester fund via the Red Cross."

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All proceeds from the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross to support grieving families and victims of the attack.

One music fan, Nicola Pettener, from Shrewsbury, shared a screen grab of the Oldbury listing before it was taken down by Twitter with the caption 'this is actually disgusting'.

She said: "I came across it on Twitter and thought it was bang out of order what was happening.

"It's just so wrong what people are doing, reselling tickets for their own selfish needs when all proceeds should be given to the British Red Cross as that is the whole point of the concert."

Ticketmaster also moved to reassure fans that it would be giving those who attended the first concert a free ticket to the show on Sunday, which will take place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

A statement said: "We would like to reassure any fans that were at the show, that they will receive a free ticket for One Love Manchester, provided we can verify their initial booking.

"We thank fans for their patience as we continue to process the registrations.”

Jordan Harris

By Jordan Harris
Senior Reporter - @JHarris_Star

Reporter covering Staffordshire/Walsall - also a keen gig goer

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