The Taiwan leg of BLACKPINK’S “BORN PINK” World Tour is about to commence, but ticket prices for the upcoming concert became viral recently after reaching up to 400,000 Taiwanese dollars (approximately $13,000) due to scalping.
Local news outlets shared early this week that police apprehended two men for selling marked-up tickets to over 50 people, including young elementary students.
BLACKPINK will hold their two-night concert at the Kaohsiung National Stadium on March 18-19. It will be part of the K-pop sensations massive world tour.
Aside from the high concert ticket prices, reports also mentioned that prices of accommodations around the concert venue also increased significantly. One of the hotels was criticized for raising their rates to 97,500 Taiwanese dollars from the usual 5,660 Taiwanese dollars.
Due to the issue, the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture released a statement about their plans to implement strict measures to penalize the scalpers.
“We already held several meetings to tackle this issue,” a ministry representative stated. “We will amend the law so that the scalpers can be criminally punished. We will have a deliberation as soon as possible to protect the rights and interests of our public, and also continue to cooperate with the event organizers to prevent scalping in the future.”
Source: The Korea Times