Free P.E.I. 2014 concert tickets selling on Kijiji
Executive director disappointed over 'scamming'
The executive director of P.E.I. 2014 says she’s upset some people with free tickets to the sesquicentennial event's concerts are selling them on Kijiji.
All of the advance reserved tickets for the concerts at Confederation Landing and the Charlottetown events grounds were free.
But a scroll through the popular-classified site Kijiji shows postings for the Celebration Zone acts, including tickets to the Serena Ryder, Paul Brandt and Matthew Good concerts. Some tickets are listed at $40.
A number of other ads were posted for the Canada Day concert.
“It's very unfortunate that a small few would do something like that. You know the idea behind the celebration zone, the concerts and the 70 days of programming, is that it's free and accessible. It's disappointing that some people would do that,” said event head Penny Walsh-McGuire.
“Any scamming or inappropriate fees being put on these concert passes, we've reported that to Kijiji. People do have to use their best judgment and do some research.”
Walsh-McGuire says there's capacity for 5,000 people at each event so there's no reason for people to pay money for free advance tickets.
Shawn McIntyre, community relations manager at Kijiji, said the site is looking into the allegations.
“Should we find any ads that violate our posting policies they will be removed immediately,” he wrote in an email.
Charlottetown police say as far as they know selling free tickets is not illegal, and no one has been charged for this kind of activity.
They say it's a case of buyer beware.