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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Securing Turin Tickets: Is This Way Worth the Risk?

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that numerous event tickets are still available for the Winter Games in Turin. I noted with interest some advice printed in the article's sidebar:

Buy your tickets directly through the Olympic Committee at torino2006.org and ship them to a friend in the European Union. There are tickets available from around $23.

I wondered if this might be a good alternative to purchasing tickets through CoSport, the official ticket vendor in the United States, which along with foreign sales agents in other countries, is allowed to and does charge about 20% over the face value of the ticket. (European Union residents can purchase tickets at face value.) I meant to get back to researching this, but last night read an interesting post from Seth Zurer (yup, related to Jim -- see below -- Seth is his son) of Select Italy on Slow Travel's Italy forum:

At Select Italy, we've had some experience researching and ordering tickets for the games. As far as EU delivery, the ticketing agency is being very persnickety about delivery. They're sending all tickets by courier and the person receiving the tickets must be able to demonstrate that they are the same person that ordered them or they must fill out a notarized "delego" form to officially name another recipient. The couriers are going to call the recipient by cell phone before delivery to make sure that the person will be there to accept delivery. They explicitly rule out dropping off the tickets with doormen, porters, or in a lobby. So, unless you actually live in Europe, it'll be hard to get the tickets you order.

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