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Scalpers offer Expo souvenirs

SCALPERS are charging Expo visitors up to 3,000 yuan (US$440) for each Expo passport, a traditional souvenir containing stamps of 40-plus pavilions, Shanghai newspapers reported today.

Although the passport scalpers are hard to spot inside the Expo sites, a Shanghai Daily investigation found online businesses are active.

A seller surnamed Li recently offered 15 stamped Expo passports for sale on Baidu Tieba, one of the largest Websites in China.

Li charged 300 yuan for one passport with a full collection of 47 pavilion stamps. A passport with stamps from 10 national pavilions is priced at 200 yuan and 100 yuan will buy a passport with a stamp commemorating the opening of the 2010 World Expo on May 1.

"I, together with two friends, spent two and a half days, 9am to 12pm, traveling among pavilions inside the Expo site to get the stamps," said Li.

He said he had sold two 300-yuan Expo passports by yesterday.


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