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Crackdown nets ticket scalpers

A CRACKDOWN on illegal peddling inside and outside the Expo site has been stepped up with several scalpers caught, police said yesterday.

In a recent case a man surnamed Chen was caught at Gate 7 along Changqing Road while purchasing reservation slips to the China Pavilion, police said. Chen was buying the tickets for 20 yuan (US$3) each and selling them at higher prices, police said.

Police said since the crackdown started earlier this summer they had solved 20 ticket peddling and 12 fake Expo product cases.

Vendors or scalpers had been reported earlier for disturbing visitors at Expo gates, officials said.

Vendors move around and are difficult to catch, said Song Laixin, spokesperson of the Expo Visitors Service Center.

These vendors infringe the rights of both sponsors, who have been authorized to sell Expo souvenirs, and visitors, who receive poor quality goods, Song said.

The organizer also said that individuals selling Expo tickets or reservation slips to the China Pavilion would be sent to the police if it involved a "huge" number.

Song said a person was caught selling fake reservation tickets to the China Pavilion earlier last month. Police said the person had more than 100 fake tickets.

Previously, some travel agents were found selling tickets to the China Pavilion for 100 yuan each. Authorized agencies can get about a quarter of the 30,000 tickets to the pavilion every day. They sell any leftover tickets.


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