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post #1 of 12
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Hi -

 

Has anyone bought lift tickets on Ebay? 

 

I was looking around the other day and saw listings for lift tickets (often seemed like they were actually vouchers for free tickets) for various mountains. Some of them heavily discounted - $30 per lift ticket.

 

Seems a bit "odd" to me so I would be curious to know if anyone has any experience purchasing these type of tickets.

 

Thanks -

post #2 of 12
Have bought in person via craigslist but not via ebay.
Somone looking to make the most money would try to avoid the eBay fee middleman
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

Have bought in person via craigslist but not via ebay.
Somone looking to make the most money would try to avoid the eBay fee middleman

The few mountains I was looking at were over 50% off the price at the ticket booth so that is good enough for me. I was more concerned about the legitimacy of these types of offers - if the tickets/vouchers were real or if there were any issues upon trying to use them at the mountain. Thanks

post #4 of 12
I've seen some for here that appear to be the free, non-transferable type given for helping with course work at races, etc. Not sure if that's what you're seeing, but I wouldn't touch them. Used to be, people sold these in parking lots and got arrested. Not sure how likely you are to get caught on eBay as the customer, but is it really worth it?

We also get vouchers for friends here, but they're more like discount coupons.
post #5 of 12

Most comp/discount vouchers like that are given to employeers/volunteers. The idea being it's a benefit they can give to their friends/families to come ski with them. Selling them is usually illegal, and if caught, you can get tagged with a theft of services charge. That's if they're legitimate at all. 

 

In general, if it's too good to be true... it probably is. I'd avoid them. 

post #6 of 12

I think it would depend on the the ticket itself. If it explicitly says non-transferable then you could potentially have problems. The best thing to do would probably be to ask to see the fine print of the ticket before bidding/buying. 

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post
 

I think it would depend on the the ticket itself. If it explicitly says non-transferable then you could potentially have problems. The best thing to do would probably be to ask to see the fine print of the ticket before bidding/buying. 

Makes sense. 

post #8 of 12
There are definitely transferrable vouchers too, so are all not scams.
For example they bought vouchers in advance from rei or whatever and had to change plans and so have leftovers and cant return it.

If you see any saying selling a ski pass and says stuff like you need to look like 20something 5'4 asian female,probably a bad idea to take that deal.
Edited by raytseng - 2/18/16 at 5:51pm
post #9 of 12

I have bought lift tickets for many different areas, Day pass ticket, Never had to produce ID to purchase or use. How does the Area know where you purchased the ticket. Season Area passes usually ask for ID when purchasing. I have purchased day pass tickets in parking lots(frowned on) but not illegal just saying.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Steve2ski View Post
 

I have bought lift tickets for many different areas, Day pass ticket, Never had to produce ID to purchase or use. How does the Area know where you purchased the ticket. Season Area passes usually ask for ID when purchasing. I have purchased day pass tickets in parking lots(frowned on) but not illegal just saying.

 

That depends where you are at:

 

Quote:

Park City leaders recently enacted a law prohibiting reselling lift tickets, something that Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort supported.

The Park City Council cast a unanimous vote in favor of the law. Violations are class B misdemeanors, punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

 

Park Record Article

post #11 of 12

I saw an ad on Craigslist in Chicago for someone selling their Epic Season Pass, with a picture of the pass - complete with her name and photo!  She said it would be OK as long as you were a young Asian female.  


I forwarded the link to Vail Resorts and they told me they handled it.

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by NWIski View Post
 

I saw an ad on Craigslist in Chicago for someone selling their Epic Season Pass, with a picture of the pass - complete with her name and photo!  She said it would be OK as long as you were a young Asian female.  


I forwarded the link to Vail Resorts and they told me they handled it.

They probably placed the ad.

 

I don't know the law, but selling a lift ticket or voucher that you purchased and haven't used yourself for face value or less seems like a very legitimate transaction. If in fact it is illegal in some jurisdictions it's a one sided contract (like the airline ticket you can't change or cancel but the airline can) and is one more example of the big guy screwing the little guy.  Of course if it is legal it is still buyer beware as things like that are easy enough to fake, or one could be sold a voucher that's already been used or is expired. Professional sports have gotten wise by getting into the resale business for their season ticket holders--more expensive, especially for non-competitive games and teams but at least you know it's legit.

 

Couple of items in the Truckee paper from last Fri about 2 different people who paid for vacation rentals they found on Craigslist only to find out on arrival that the perople they paid didn't own the properties.

 

Then there's the tiny downstairs apartment that the seasonal ski employees renting the upstairs unit for the winter are renting on Air B and B--no parking and several people have been ticketed for parking illegally on the right of way. But the reviews on the Air B and B site are all 5 star (and there are more of them than there have been renters.

 

Beware the on line economy--makes it easy to buy and sell, but also easy to steal.


Edited by oldgoat - 2/23/16 at 2:51pm
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