Charlotte theatre fighting ticket scalpers

Charlotte theatre fighting ticket scalpers

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the first time in 10 years, the musical Les Miserables is back on the Charlotte stage.

The ticket is so popular that scalpers are taking advantage of unsuspecting fans -- but the theatre is fighting back.

“I saw online -- Craigslist -- people charging inordinate prices. Doesn’t seem right to me,” said theatre-goer Perry Siegel.

NBC Charlotte checked Craigslist and found tickets for Thursday night's performance for $500. But face value for the most expensive seat in the house is only $150.

“There’s increasingly been an online market for our tickets,” said Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard, who included a letter in the program for everyone seeing Les Mis informing customers of the theatre's new policy which takes aim at scalpers.

“We want to protect consumers and real theatre fans who want to access our tickets,”Gabbard said.

During checkout on the theatre's site, customers agree not to sell a ticket for more than $10 above face value. If you violate that condition the theatre can void the ticket.

Gabbard said credit card companies will refund customers who paid inflated prices and the theatre will turn around and sell the customers the seat at the correct price.

The only way to avoid being taken advantage of in purchasing online is to go to the Blumenthal websites: www.blumenthalarts.org or www.carolinatix.org

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