Digging the Hole

Mallard now says he didn’t know how to set a Buy Now option:

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

Under fire for ticket scalping 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.

Really? Come on Trevor…you don’t expect us to believe that now do you?

David Farrar helps Trevor out:

A serial scalper, professional cyclist and very part time MP…now digging a great big hole….time for a song.


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  • Agent BallSack

    Let me have a crack at it…Has it got something to do with putting a numerical figure in the Buy Now box?

  • Jman

    oh FFS Trevor, try pulling the other one. Does he really expect anyone to believe that lame excuse?

  • middleagedwhiteguy


    When even the standard say’s you should go………

    • Sarrs

      They are properly baying for his blood in the comments…not so much love for The Duck there just now. 

      If it comes out that they were complimentary tickets that he sold for a profit then can he get reprimanded in Parliament or will it just remain a moral issue?

  • Pete George

    He knew how to set the reserve (at $400). And he knew how to talk up the price:
    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 



  • SalaciousTCrumb

    What’s that smell? Kind of like pants that are on fire……

  • davidw99

    Of course if you get your staff (taxpayer-funded) to set up the sale  seeing as how you are such a busy, important person, it is entirely possible that you don’t personally know how to set a “buy-now” price.  Of course to concede that you would need to accept a heap of flak over other things like the appropriate use of taxpayer facilities, where the proceeds of multiple sales went, whether they were declared for tax, etc etc.  Better to a) bluster, b) accuse the other party of being mean and threatening to be mean back to them, c) claim ignorance, d) look like a liar and properly hypocritical arsehole.
    I see Tau Henare looks like he might have a couple of digs during Question Time today.  Bet Trevor is “absent on other business”

  • Pdubyah

    I see people think it’s ok to sell things to the highest bidder, but not it seems when it comes to farms

  • Guestosterone

    “my eyes are too old to read the fine print” on the ticketek website

  • This whole thing seems to me simple – Ticketek’s own website says -“Selling tickets for above their face value via auction sites or any other unauthorised means is in breach of Ticketek’s Terms and Conditions of Sale. Any customers found to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions may have their tickets cancelled, their My Ticketek account closed and their credit card black-listed by Ticketek.

    If you can’t attend an event for legitimate reasons and want to sell your ticket via an online auction site, Ticketek will not object to your sale as long as the selling price is no more than the face value of the ticket. For example, you can use trademe.co.nz’s Buy Now function as long as the ticket price is set at face value or below.”

    So Mr Mallard – you’re off Ticketek’s books now buddy…..”account closed and …. credit card black-listed”

  • Chrish4

    Interesting that he also sold tickets to Homegrown in 2009 (2 of them) and 2011 (4 of them) – so why does he keep buying so many tickets to something he obviously doesn’t want to go to??!

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Can’t find the ‘Buy Now’ box.
    This from an MP who would like to be Governing NZ?
    Sad sad Trevor. You have to stop telling lies sunshine

  • Bobo the Idiot

    Mallard said “I’m tempted to breach their privacy the way they breached mine but I suppose that would be a bit silly,” he wrote.

    “I’m going to get a new trade me user name and others will front for my purchases and sales. Pisses me off.”

    What a dick, he does not regret it he will just do his dodgy dealings covertly……..