Wimbledon Ticket Winner Fails To Net eBay Cash In!

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by Jason 17 Comments

Sports brand, Activinstinct, have reacted strongly towards a winner who placed their Wimbledon tickets on eBay. They have made the tickets null and void. This means that whoever ends up with them will possibly find that they will be stood outside SW19 rather than inside enjoy world class tennis and overpriced strawberries.

Activinstinct made the following announcement on their Facebook wall:

It has been brought to our attention that the winner of the ActivInstinct/Slazenger promotion has placed the tickets on ebay. It was clearly stated that the tickets were not for re-sale and not to be placed on auction sites such as ebay. These tickets are now null and void and will not be accepted.

We had thousands of entrants, of which the majority keen tennis enthusiasts who would have loved the opportunity to go. Please make sure to read the T&Cs, we want to keep providing our fans with great prizes and wouldn’t want a minority spoiling it for the rest of you.

Ticket competitions often have such clauses – perhaps not initiated by the competition promoter but by the sponsor. The tickets for example may be part of their hospitality set up for example and therefore shouldn’t be resold. However, even when you buy tickets for big events, many now come with sell on clauses.

Reading through the comments on Activinstinct’s Wall it appears that it was the sponsor who intervened after spotting their prize on eBay. For the most part support towards the announcement have been largely positive. Mind you, when you look at the price of some Wimbledon tickets being sold on eBay (£600 to £17,999) it’s no wonder people get tempted to cash in!

With London 2012 just around the corner, plus a whole bunch of Festival ticket competitions around, entrants really do need to make sure they’re familiar with the terms and conditions. It may be that the prizes are not transferable and that you aren’t able to sell them on. Of course there’s a whole argument about the morals of selling on prizes – but in this case the promoter had specified a no sell on clause, which the winner should have abided by.

A few moments checking the prize on offer and the rules may save you wasting time – not just in cases like this but for all comping. Holidays may have date limitations or number limitations, prizes may have to be collected, vouchers may be for local stores and not UK wide etc. It’s always worth familiarising yourself with things like this too.

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  • janeg88

    I agree, I’m a fence sitter whenn it comes to selling prizes, but firmly believe that as long as you abide by T & C you can do what morally seems right to you, i8n this instance the T & C have not been followed so the promoter is right to make them null and void.

  • debbied

    Good job to the promoters. I know some of us take the time to enter for tickets we want, but sometimes things don’t work out ( we don’t always check runner up prizes – but this isn’t one surely) – so either give them away or ask the promoter if they can redraw – they probably could have gone, but maybe greed got the better of them.

  • EveBurke

    I feel sorry for whoever has brought them as they may not know and have paid alot of money just to be tured away now. I would not be a happy bunny.

  • xameeurc

    I feel sorry for the people who buy the tickets! I hope the person selling them has the decency to close the ebay auction now they know that the tickets are void.

    I don’t see anything wrong with selling physical items that are won, but tickets are a different matter and I never enter for tickets when I know I won’t be able to attend. As the promoter said, lots of people would have loved to go.

  • bluekit

    I think the promoter is right to do this. I did sell some tickets once, remember the Beyonce Trident comp? I won three pairs so gave a pair to my sister in law and sold a pair to two of her friends.
    I agree don’t enter for tickets unless you know you can go or are planning to give them to a family member or friend.

  • suroben

    I only enter for tickets I want to use or give family members and, personally, tennis and football don’t interest me so I leave the comps for those who want them. I can understand how people would be tempted to sell though as even the most ardent fan could look at those prices and think how a few thousand pounds could pay off their debts for instance. It will be very unfair if the auction concludes and the ‘winner’ can’t get in while the seller gets the money. Wonder how PayPal will deal with that one.

  • aneesh85

    I agree with the promoter, you know wether you can travel when you enter the competition, I only enter for tickets that are local, ie metro arena, stadium of light, and never try for further affield unless it includes travel.
    I have only had to sell a few physical items, when no one I know could use them, mostly runner up prizes, I have a favorite animal charity that I donate to, if I win bundles of books, any in the bundle that I already have or dont interest me the local library gets.
    Comping for me is still a fun hobby, I doubt I will ever make a profit from it, but I dont care

  • susiecute

    Well done to the competition provider for doing this! Some folk are just pure greedy. Let prizes be won by people who GENUINELY want to win them. I hope other companies take note!

  • keriku

    I have tickets for a show next week and can’t go as I have a funeral, so I have given them to a young friend of ours. I don’t enter comps unless I know I can attend the event. I would hate to win then not be able to go to something!

  • Meringue

    I only enter for tickets I can use and I have been lucky enough to win tickets for a few events I have loved.
    I think its a bit mean to enter a competition for tickets when you know you’d never be able to use them – especially big sporting events where there will be genuine fans who’d absolutely love to go instead.

  • josie301

    I only ever enter for ticketed events I want to go to, even then I’m always on tenterhooks as to whether everything will go ok, especially guestlist admissions!

    I was lucky enough once to win 2 sets of tickets to an event – I gave the other set to my brothers who went with me 🙂

    Well done on catching this – maybe will put off the ‘profit compers’!


    I only enter for tickets I want to go to, and will be able to use, having said that…whistle…how many of you entered the Lavazza comp in the hope to win a brand new coffee machine? I did and ended up winning tickets to the men’s final of Wimbledon (not complaining lol, as lucky for me, live in London, so all I need is a babysitter as OH dying to come with me) and my best frocks..My tickets won’t be sent to me, but given out on presentation of an ID so that’s one other way for promoters to ensure they are not sold.

  • aneesh85

    Ok I own up, I only want a coffee machine, the day I win the tickets pigs will be flying, if I won them I would just check with relatives, then ask them to be redrawn

  • karenelowe

    It’s not fair to sell tickets to make a profit. I have no arguements if someone wins a holiday ot tickets and want to give them to a friend or family etc I also have no problem with people selling ‘items’ they have won and may not want especially if they already got an item. My comper friend sold a PS3 as she won one in an electical bundle prize but already got a PS3 but still wanted to win the remainder of the prizes.

  • keithydee2

    If its in T&Cs then fine, if not they should leave it to the winner, I enter lots of comps, I give away a lot of stuff to friends and charity, I also sell some stuff if I dont need it, who is to say I cant dispose of it as I see fit if its allowed?
    Its personal choice as far as Im concerned, I returned a trip to france and gig tickets last year because I couldnt use them due to silly restrictions which were never mentioned.
    Most Wimbledon tickets cant be just sold anyway, there are only certain types that can so anyone who touches them is mad.

  • mandyjaneslater

    Everyone knows that Wimbledon tickets can’t be re-sold — especially on Ebay …


    Do comps for fun, not for profit.