Yesterday was the Super Bowl of ticket flips due to the Harry Potter release. Let’s recap what happened:
- The codes on Ebay were going for $1500. While Ed Sheeran codes were tied to a TM account, it seems these codes weren’t, which I found very odd. Regardless, selling the codes on Ebay is very risky because the buyer could easily file a chargeback and you’d most likely lose.
- The 11AM time slot people essentially bought out all Saturdays through July 2018
- The ticket limit was 6 per show. However, the 11AM folks also figured out that you could buy 2 orders of 2 tickets, but someone who bought 4 tickets couldn’t go back and buy another 2. No one tried 3 x 3.
- The 11AM folks also figured out the only delivery options were MOBILE ONLY and WILL CALL. I mean, you can’t pick WILL CALL, so the only option was MOBILE ONLY (more on that later)
- The 12PM folks like myself had slim pickings after that. I tried 6 tickets for Saturdays through the summer, but the site kept spinning and spinning. I eventually gave up on a Saturday and picked the July 4th time-frame and was able to get 6 tickets
- A few readers who were on standby goes codes via text (no email notification) after 12PM.
How to sell
After the purchase went through on TM, we all realized that TM disabled the ability to 1) sell the tickets and 2) transfer the tickets. Off to Stubhub we go. When you tried to list it, you got this popup:
I emailed email@example.com and requested access. I got a reply within 2 hours approving me to list the tickets. After that, I listed my tickets and chose the “I will deliver later” option as well as “Mobile Transfer.” And now I wait… You also do NOT need to be approved for Mobile Tickets if you are approved for Harry Potter. It seems once you have HP approval, you can list.
You can return the tickets. This is the policy. I’m not sure if there’s a fee associated with this, but it’s interesting this is even an option. Maybe they want people who can’t make the show to be able to refund it since they know they can easily re-sell those tickets.
Return Policy – If you would like to return a ticket, please contact Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000.
All tickets purchased over 28 days prior to a performance can be returned for a refund any time up to 14 days prior to the performance time.
Refunds may not be guaranteed for tickets purchased within 28 days of a performance. However, please do contact Ticketmaster if circumstances mean you are unable to attend and they will endeavor to assist you.
All returns are at the discretion of the box office.
TM has this:
How to transfer Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets to friends and family.
Ticket Transfer may alternatively be referred to, Alternative Pick Up.
Locate your order number provided in your purchase confirmation or visit My Account.
Have the credit card used for purchase available, you’ll need to reference the last four (4) digits of the card.
Once you have your order number and credit card handy – please contact Ticketmaster Fan Support. Within your Order Details page on Ticketmaster, locate the Live Chat button and connect with us there. Or visit our Contact Us to learn more about the ways to get in touch. When you contact us, you’ll need to provide your order number, last four (4) digits of the credit card used for purchase, and the name you wish to transfer the tickets to.
All transferred tickets will be available via Theater Will Call 72 hours prior to the performance date.
Stubhub Sales Process
At this point, we don’t know how the exact process will work. It seems that the show won’t send you the tickets until 72 hours to the show. At that point, you’d have to transfer the tickets to the Stubhub buyer. I’m not sure how that’s going to work, but if you trust the rules above, it looks like you’ll need to contact TM with the last 4 digits of the card you used and have them transfer the tickets to the buyer’s name. That buyer will then pick it up from Will Call at the theater. Sounds very kludgy, but that’s what the process sounds like. I’m not sure if these are QR codes and we’re able to send screenshots (would be easiest.) I’m sure Stubhub will figure all this out in due time.
All in a day’s work
Right before I started typing this up, it looks like a reader got a sale already. Paid $2500 for tickets and sold them for $6000 net. A profit of $3,500 in a day’s work (better than flipping the Ebay codes.) I think he could have held out for more seeing those listed prices. Once more people learn about the play, prices should go up since all the shows are sold out now. Good luck!