Parents outraged after Wiggles concert tickets sold for $1800 on Trade Me

With the popular Auckland Wiggles shows having sold out within minutes, some ticket-holders are making the most of the demand by taking to Trade Me to on-sell tickets - and it’s proved lucrative for at least one seller.

Ticket sales for the children's music act went on sale on March 28th after it was announced the Australia-based TV stars planned to visit seven Kiwi cities in seven days as part of their Wiggle Fun Tour.

The group added an extra show to both Auckland and Napier due to excessive demand.

With all Auckland shows now sold-out, demand it seems, hasn’t waned.

One Trade Me user based in Manukau, Auckland, is offering up her three front-row tickets at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre for a stunning $1800.

Ticketmaster, the original seller of the Wiggles tour tickets for Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, told 1 NEWS the tickets would normally have cost $36.90 each.

"That is quite a good price for The Wiggles," said a spokesperson for Ticketmaster. "That’s probably why they sold out so fast."

But the sale has proved unpopular with parents.

"Assuming its Trade Me, they shouldn't be allowing this!" a user on Facebook page The Mums Collective wrote. "They are pretty much promoting ticket scalping. So sad."

A Trade Me spokesperson told 1 NEWS that: "People are allowed to on-sell legitimate tickets for the vast majority of events, so Trade Me’s position is that we have always allowed them to be sold.

"At the end of the day these are trades between a willing buyer and a willing seller and the prices are simply market forces at work."

Sometimes people get tickets to events at cheaper prices on Trade Me so it's a "balancing act" according to the spokesperson.

Ticketmaster, say there are still a handful of tickets left for Wellington and Dunedin and Ticketek, the seller for other regions, says some seats are still available in Napier.

The issue of ticket scalping is a matter currently under review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

With the practise being a concern, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi has released a discussion document where submissions on ticket scalping are invited as the legislation is reviewed by the Government.

Written submissions are being sought until April 18.

Wiggles tickets for sale on Trade Me
Wiggles tickets for sale on Trade Me Source: Trade Me