Police warn about 40 scalpers to leave town

2013-05-12T20:02:00Z 2014-05-01T14:37:42Z Police warn about 40 scalpers to leave townRegister staff Napa Valley Register
May 12, 2013 8:02 pm  • 

By Sunday afternoon, officers with the Napa Police Department have issued about 40 warnings to people illegally selling tickets outside BottleRock, Lt. Debbie Peecook said.

Scalpers were given a warning on first contact and had their tickets confiscated by authorities. A second contact would have resulted in a citation, but as of Sunday afternoon, none had been issued.

Uniformed officers, security guards and undercover officers all worked to spot out the scalpers that were within a few blocks of the Napa Valley Expo gates. Peecook said most were from out of town and were told to leave upon contact.

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  1. chunk215
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    chunk215 - May 13, 2013 10:54 am
    Does scalping mean selling the tickets for more than face value? I didn't think it was illegal to resell tickets. I see it every time I go to a Giants game and they're not getting arrested.
  2. napa1957
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    napa1957 - May 13, 2013 2:12 pm
    Would love to know as well. I know people who were just exhausted and couldn't make the Sunday show that sold their tickets to friends for less than what they paid for them. I wouldn't imagine that's the same as illegally scalping.
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    - May 14, 2013 9:10 am
    Scalping used to mean under-cutting the ticket price of an event by a small amount. However the bigger concerts and events brought on the market in which the ticket price could increase substantially. So you would buy the cheapest ticket you could and up the value at the gate. Selling tickets as part of personal sale is legal, but when it becomes an enterprise then Licenses are required. So out of town peddlers would require a DBA and State Incorporation to peddle tickets. When you have an individual who has 20 to 100 tickets or more on them they are not selling friend to friend. I was given a free ticket but in turn I gave it to someone who needed a 4th ticket to go in. I support moving the Ticket Scalpers back off 3rd street because sometimes scalping begins to be more like illegal vice as opposed to honest commerce. And believe me some residents were pretty worn out by having strangers in front of their house that were not selling real estate. If you want to sell tickets go internet
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