The China Super League season is winding down and the city’s ticket scalpers are as busy as ever … hocking tickets for Mid-Autumn Festival moon cakes. Some of these entrepreneurs are internet savvy, too, the Shanghai Daily reports:
At some large bakeries on busy downtown streets, the scalpers were hovering like vultures yesterday asking to buy mooncake coupons as well as selling them.
The scalpers usually buy the coupons for half the price of the mooncakes they can be redeemed for and sell them at a discount of 30 to 35 percent. The business is so good they can easily earn a daily income of several hundred yuan, according to several scalpers.
Since the value of the coupons will drop drastically on the day of the festival, the scalpers are trying every means possible to move as many coupons as possible by the end of this week.
One local Website (www.shanghai.kijiji.com.cn) lists a mobile phone number along with a message asking to trade mooncake coupons and offering to pick up and deliver the tickets free of charge.
Similar messages can be found on many Websites in the city. Some scalpers say the Websites give them access to a large number of potential clients while avoiding the police, who often hassle them on the street, although few if any scalpers are arrested for trading the coupons.
Shanghaiist smiled while reading the paper’s description of moon cakes: “[A] seasonal treat that many don’t particularly enjoy eating.” Nice to know we’re not the only ones.
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Have your (preservative-filled) moon cake and eat it, too
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