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Jacko fans and auction sites try to thwart memorial show touts

By | Published on Tuesday 7 July 2009

Despite the Jackson family pleading with touts to not apply for free tickets to the Jacko memorial with a view to selling them on for profit to desperate fans of the late singer, tickets have started to appear for sale on the net.

Most auction websites, like eBay, are taking Jacko ticket sales down as they discover them, with one US rep at the flagship auction site quoted by USA Today as saying: “We believe it would be inappropriate to allow the sale of tickets for the Michael Jackson memorial service”.

However, new tickets are going on sale as quick as the auction sites take them down. Some fans of the singer have seemingly adopted vigilante tactics by making totally over the top bids from fake accounts to thwart attempts to sell the memorial show tickets. The bidding for one pair had thus reached $49 million.

It remains to be seen how effectively the ticket distribution system works once Jacko fans start to arrive at the Staples Centre and Nokia Theatre later today.