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Scalpers make most of coupon book

A BOOK of ticket coupons for scenic spots, issued by the Shanghai Post Co, is proving to be a boom for scalpers who are cashing in on it.

The book has discounted entry tickets to 39 scenic spots in Shanghai and neighboring cities and is proving to be popular with the scalpers. The book is available for 298 yuan (US$48.06) and includes admission tickets to the Shanghai Wildlife Park, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion and Dongtan Wetland among others.

The total value of the tickets is nearly 1,600 yuan.

Officials from many scenic spots claimed they receive, on an average, more than 100 coupon holders every day. At least 200 to 300 tourists use the coupons on weekends.

Since November, scalpers were found selling single coupons outside the tourist spots. They sold the coupons at lower prices than the admission fee at the ticket counters.

“We did not expect that the coupons will be taken advantage of this way by the scalpers,” a Shanghai Post Co official said yesterday. 

A total of 100,000 books went on sale from early August. The Shanghai Post Co said about two thirds of them have already been sold, but the company is having a rethink because of its blatant misuse.

From next year, the company plans to use real-name registration for anyone keen to buy the book.

The Shanghai Wildlife Park has already started registering the number on each book while admitting tourists and may take measures like real-name reservation in the future to stamp out scalpers, said Ni Jun, a park official.



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