Legal-Ease: Is scalping event tickets legal?

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

The term scalping refers to the original practice of selling counterfeit tickets. Now, scalping just means selling any tickets individually instead of through a service. While some states allow scalping, many have rules and restrictions dictating what can be done with tickets.

In states that scalping is legal, the biggest risk is buying counterfeit tickets. If you’re going to buy tickets through an individual, it’s best to go through someone you know and trust to ensure you’re not wasting your money.

The holidays usually bring about irregular work schedules and a chance to host out-of-town relatives. As a result, people often find themselves at more movies, concerts, and athletic events. Usually, each event will require a ticket for each person.

In our region, tickets to anything other than high school basketball games are pretty easy to purchase. However, the most popular events can drive ticket demand higher than its supply. In fact, encountering people who are buying and selling tickets is usually the telltale sign that you are close to a popular event’s location.

Read Lee’s full article on scalping tickets in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Is scalping event tickets legal?

Source:, Legal-Ease: Is scalping event tickets legal? by Lee R. Schroeder, December 27, 2014

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