Helping Trevor out

February 16th, 2012 at 10:13 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Labour MP says he didn’t know how to set a “buy now” option on – despite being a member since 2005 and on-selling tickets to Homegrown and the Wellington Sevens in the past.

Under fire for ticket after selling four tickets to the sold-out Homegrown festival at a $276 profit, Mr Mallard told Radio Live this morning that he hadn’t been aware he could put a “buy now” price on the auction.

However, his TradeMe account shows he has been a member of the online auction site since 2005, and has sold plenty of tickets in the past.

Did not know how to set a buy now option? Really? Well in case Trevor needs a hand in future, I’m happy to assist.

If you are selling tickets to a concert on Trade Me, this is the screen you will see.

As is obvious, setting a buy now price is incredibly simple. You just enter the price you want in.

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28 Responses to “Helping Trevor out”

  1. Roflcopter (465 comments) says:

    What a liar, he told the students he wanted to let the auction run.

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  2. La Grand Fromage (145 comments) says:

    Dead man walking

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  3. ben (2,384 comments) says:

    There is nothing wrong with selling to the highest bidder, and actually its nobody’s business but his, those tickets being his property to sell. Too bad Trev didn’t just say that.

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  4. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    So Trev says he buys tickets about 10 times a year, but can’t use them about 1 third of the time. What conveniently poor time management skills!

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  5. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    Trev is easily confused though…

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  6. La Grand Fromage (145 comments) says:

    Brilliant stuff from some of the commenters at the Standard.

    Apparently this is an elaborate sting by Act on Campus involving Jedi mind tricks and secret trusts.

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  7. Dave Mann (1,248 comments) says:

    Oh FFS give the bloke a rest and get a life. There’s nothing morally wrong about selling something in a free market for the highest price that bidders will pay. People and corporations do it (on the stock market and in other maketplaces) all the time and its called trading.

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  8. James Stephenson (2,223 comments) says:

    There is nothing wrong with selling to the highest bidder, and actually its nobody’s business but his, those tickets being his property to sell. Too bad Trev didn’t just say that.

    Nothing wrong with it, unless you happened to be the MP sponsoring a bill to make it illegal…

    Mallard is past his use-by date and then some, sheesh if that’s the best excuse he can come up with, it’s hardly surprising that they’re even attacking him on the Stranded.

    Surely the sensible excuse would have been that an auction ensures that the tickets go to the biggest fans and that the profit will be donated to charity?

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  9. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    “give the bloke a rest and get a life”, why??? Do you think if the boot was on the other foot Trev would “give the bloke a rest” your are in dream world if you do.

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded cheesy.

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  11. david (2,561 comments) says:

    Using his (taxpayer-funded?) electorate office to conduct a profit-making enterprise would also raise a few eyebrows. One would think that serial profiteers like Trev would also attract the interest of IRD – what frequency of trades constitutes a “taxable activity”?

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  12. tvb (4,494 comments) says:

    Mallard sets up a red herring about a stupid nOn issue so that becomes the story. The man is as cunning as a shit house rat.

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  13. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Oh FFS give the bloke a rest and get a life.

    The point is his hypocrisy – not the fact he did it. It shows him to be of very low character.

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  14. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    He managed to set the reserve (at $400). He also commented:

    Questions and answers
    hey there mate il come pick tickets up now for 500 hingpett (0 ) 11:56 am, Thu 9 Feb
    I will let the auction run. And i think your price is cheeky. 11:59 am, Thu 9 Feb

    Once a bid is on an auction you can’t switch to buy now, so he’s right to have turned down this offer.

    But a bit cheeky to call the price cheeky. It suggests he had a profit motive.

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  15. donbee (1 comment) says:

    Far more likely than poor time management is the scenario that Trev gets given quite a few complimentaries during the year to events that he doesn’t/cant attend – so sells them off. This is even worse in many respects as it is pure profit.
    This story may have legs.

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  16. Ed Snack (1,925 comments) says:

    It WAS the “force”, “These are not the tickets you are looking for”…

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  17. Alan Wilkinson (1,886 comments) says:

    He doesn’t know Trademe can set a Buy Now price? And aspires to run the country? Either a complete dork or a liar – no other possibilities.

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  18. DavidC (179 comments) says:

    Alan Wilkinson, the other must more likley scenario is that he is a dork AND a liar :-)

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  19. Keeping Stock (10,406 comments) says:

    Sean Plunket tears Mallard limb from limb:

    http://arntrnassets.mediaspanonline.com/radio/n00/225893/A673_20120215214402778_0.mp3

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  20. PaulP (155 comments) says:

    Would be VERY interesting to check if all the tickets he sold were purchased by him or was he onselling some given to him as gifts due to him being an MP.

    That would be much worse.

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  21. Alan Wilkinson (1,886 comments) says:

    DavidC, I’ll buy that!

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  22. Elaycee (4,403 comments) says:

    Dave Mann (813) Says: “Oh FFS give the bloke a rest and get a life.”

    Haha – you’re joking, right? Mallard was the senior Labour member who was behind the legislation designed to prevent scalping.

    If you can’t see Mallard’s bare faced hypocrisy, then perhaps your eyes are still blinkered by your taxpayer funded Labour pledge card.

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  23. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    I swore to myself that I’d never, EVER say “nek minnit”… But this is just too precious.

    The former Minister Against Ticket Scalping… nek minnit… scalping Homegrown tickets.

    And busted. Fo’ SHAME, Mr Mallard! :-(

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  24. DavidC (179 comments) says:

    So it turns out he does this a few times a year (a third of the times he buys tickets) he values his reputation so little that maybe $1000 a year in profit is worth the shit he is getting over this?
    It must has occured that it was a matter of when not if he was busted?
    What a ‘tard!

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  25. Longknives (4,858 comments) says:

    To be honest- If the guy can get a $200 profit scalping tickets to a shitty ‘Music’ festival that includes the more-than slightly tainted P- Money, The ‘Killer Bees’ members Smashproof and an assortment of ‘Gangsta’ Rappers from South Auckland then he has nothing but admiration from this end….what a ‘Homegrown’ pile of shite…

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  26. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    As usual, a big “meh” from Danyl @Dimpost, because the MP concerned isn’t an ACT or National member.

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  27. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    LMAO bet they were comps!!

    Bet the sevens tickets were too – doesnt that thing sell out in 30 mins? if they werent comps then i wonder if he had access to purchase tickets early? using that privilege to then onsell at a profit is not cool.

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  28. Steve (4,587 comments) says:

    Well well well, a schoolteacher needs to be taught how to do a simple thing like use TradeMe.

    This guy is a dumb liar

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