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Buyers of bogus concert tix not exactly tickled pink

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DOZENS of Pink fans were feeling blue, seeing red and losing green at the MTS Centre on Tuesday night.

Kevin Donnelly, senior vice-president at True North Sports & Entertainment, said between 20 and 25 people were refused entry at the door for holding invalid tickets to the sold-out show.

"Whether each person represented two or four tickets, I don't know. Unfortunately, it looks as if it was north of 50 people. One hundred would be the max," he said.

If this sounds like a broken record, it is. Donnelly said despite True North's best efforts to educate concertgoers about the risks of buying tickets from secondary sellers, some are still willing to take the chance.

"We've said it before and we'll say it again -- the only way you can be assured your ticket is valid is if you've bought it directly from Ticketmaster," he said.

Compounding the problem with the Pink show was tickets went on sale last April for a concert originally scheduled for Oct. 26 and rebooked for Tuesday.

"The people who want to trade in that kind of business, selling fraudulent tickets, had lots of time and lots of demand," he said.

Donnelly said there is no recourse from True North with the unhappy Pink fans because it wasn't part of the transaction. He did recommend, however, that fans check with their credit card companies or PayPal to see if there's any kind of warranty or return policy.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 16, 2014 A2

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