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February 16, 2012

Death of retail watch

Filed under: general news — danylmc @ 6:00 am

I don’t have any opinions or insights into the Trevor Mallard ticket scalping story. I just think it’s funny:

The tickets to Saturday’s sold-out Homegrown festival have a face value of $95 each.

Whitireia music student Laura Signal, 19, and her three friends were desperate to attend so they bid for four tickets on Trade Me, paying a final price of $656.

Miss Signal was surprised when the trader turned out to be the Hutt South MP, who used his parliamentary email address for the auction.

She and her friends went to Mr Mallard’s Naenae office to collect the tickets from him in person.

“He came out and gave us the package really quickly and he kept saying: ‘It’s not what it looks like; it’s not what it looks like,’ to random passers-by.”

Mallard must have multiple electorate offices, because we often go out to Petone for lunch in the weekends and he has an office on Jackson Street. Maybe they are all fronts for his vast mercantile empire?

Anyway. back when I worked at IBM in the early 90s, our main center was in Petone, and Jackson Street was something of a wasteland. It’s now a thriving, vaguely bohemian (not irritatingly so) bustling stretch of used book stores, antique stores and excellent cafes, with few – if any – empty shops. Compared with central Wellington – ruinous parking fees, empty shop fronts and international chain stores, mostly empty except for bored tourists – it’s really bustling. But it still seems odd to find myself suggesting, ‘Hey! Let’s go to Petone!’

62 Comments »

  1. This is called middle age.

    My favourite second hand record store is in Petone.

    Comment by John-Paul — February 16, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  2. A trivial personal matter, but an MP of his standing should know he is a high profile duck in the shooting gallery of the media fun fair.

    Comment by Sanctuary — February 16, 2012 @ 7:16 am

  3. Using Parliamentary resources to engage in personal commerce? Is that permitted?
    🙂

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — February 16, 2012 @ 7:52 am

  4. Ruinous parking fees. Yes how dare they try to get an economic rate of return from prime real-estate.

    Comment by swan — February 16, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  5. Wow, what a non-story.

    Comment by derp de derp — February 16, 2012 @ 8:24 am

  6. Irrespective of the seller’s identity or misuse of taxpayer resource, Miss Signal has correctly read marketing signals about the value of a specific product. Signals that placed an almost 700% increase in real value on the product she coveted.

    I’d say ‘Welcome to the real world of global free markets!”.

    A valuable lesson in life for her and her ilk.

    Comment by pmofnz — February 16, 2012 @ 8:32 am

  7. Not a non-story. The story of the MP for a pretty poor community, a senior member of a party that stands on principles of a fair go for the little guy, who is in his own party’s terms a “rich prick”, taking a handy profit out of a few kids, then claiming HE is the wronged party when they reveal his identity. Oh, and he’s also the MP responsible for the anti-scalping laws passed for the Rugby World Cup. Seriously, Cameron Slater couldn’t have devised a better sting to smear Trevor Mallard’s name and his party’s brand.*

    L

    * Actually, he probably could have. It would likely have involved dwarf prostitutes and a lycra-clad monkey.

    Comment by Lew — February 16, 2012 @ 8:36 am

  8. Wow, what a non-story

    It’s amusing, but it could turn into a major story if the tickets were a gift from, say, a lobbyist, or the festival itself.

    Comment by danylmc — February 16, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  9. Would it be a non-story if a National party MP had done the scapling?

    Comment by Gerrit — February 16, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  10. It is kind of hard to imagine Trevor Mallard having purchased the tickets to this event himself….

    Comment by DT — February 16, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  11. Petone: Rich mans Lower Hutt

    Comment by max — February 16, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  12. Perhaps its a cry for help. Maybe he needs a twelve step programme to get him out of the political world.

    Comment by Tinakori — February 16, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  13. It would perhaps be a non story if The NZ Herald’s add on is not true.
    But they are saying that ‘Last year, his account also sold four tickets to the Homegrown event in two separate Trademe auctions, and in 2009 two Homegrown and two Wellington Sevens tickets were sold. The bidding history for these auctions is no longer viewable on the site”
    If this is true it looks as if Trevor is a serial scalper.
    Doesn’t he trough enough out of the taxpayer without having to do this.
    It also begs the question why is he buying all these tickets to Homegrown when he doesn’t attend

    Comment by Jeff — February 16, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  14. But it still seems odd to find myself suggesting, ‘Hey! Let’s go to Petone!’

    This is called middle age.

    When you start extolling the virtues of Johnsonville, THEN we worry

    Comment by Phil — February 16, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  15. Signals that placed an almost 700% increase in real value on the product she coveted.

    With math like that you must be working for Treasury.

    I’m waiting for Mallard to slam Paula Bennett, by explaining that his scalping was a cunning ploy to point out the lack of controls in place over spending in the student allowance system.

    Comment by Gregor W — February 16, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  16. Mallard on Radio Live stated that he had bought the tickets himself.

    Comment by The Double Standard — February 16, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  17. It’s a “non-story”, in the same way that watching porn on the taxpayer is a non-story compared with billions of taxpayer dollars being chucked at finance companies. Mathematically, it’s “non”, but the rules for human news are not Vulcan logic.

    It’s been a bad few weeks for the government, so it was inevitable that they would be (temporarily) rescued by their greatest asset, the campaigning genius who blogged and biked his team to electoral embarrassment. Mallard’s judgement by-pass and dedication to self-destruction provides enough material for an annual conference of psychologists.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — February 16, 2012 @ 9:48 am

  18. “16.It’s a “non-story”, in the same way that watching porn on the taxpayer is a non-story compared with billions of taxpayer dollars being chucked at finance companies.”

    Thats funny because Mallard and Jones are definitely my favourite two Labour MP’s. I still dont know why Jones didnt go for the leadership (or should I say, I dont understand why he didnt have support – he could have pulled Waitakere Man over to Labour – hes cool as shit).

    Comment by swan — February 16, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  19. I always like Mr Mallard’s outspoken fearless authority. Compared to some mealy-mouthed MPs he is great. Selling unwanted tickets which he had purchased, and getting a good price seems to be what Trademe is all about. Big deal!

    Comment by ianmac — February 16, 2012 @ 10:28 am

  20. “Ruinous parking fees. Yes how dare they try to get an economic rate of return from prime real-estate”

    “They” get to charge rates on the value of property but “theys” is greedy and the ruinous parking rates cause vacancies as retail 101 says ya gotta have the parking. But “theys” dont give a shit about business or employment.

    “Trade Me is a good system, it encourages people to get rid of things which are no longer useful.” Mallard.

    The reserve on Mallard will be set mighty low. Perhaps a compound in Afghanistan will start the bidding.

    Comment by Simon — February 16, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  21. Thats funny because Mallard and Jones are definitely my favourite two Labour MP’s

    You know, I agree with you swan. The NZLP would be goddamn tedious without them.
    You could never accuse either of these guys of not being precisely what they appear to be – calculating, smug, mouthy arseholes.
    This concordance is refreshing – I was going to say ‘honest’ but that is not a word that I felt comfortable in applying.

    Comment by Gregor W — February 16, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  22. Petone does have ruinous parking fees. Their free parking is only for an hour. try eating a decent lunch in that time. Parking often costs at least $12 thanks to the parking wardens in the blue hats.

    Comment by insider — February 16, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  23. A backbench MP has to supplement his income somehow. I suspect it’s a little more legitimate than Richard Worth’s.🙂 Maybe Trevor is really a Tory in drag.

    Comment by Ross — February 16, 2012 @ 11:09 am

  24. That’s some slow pitch softball there Ross.

    Comment by merv — February 16, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

  25. It would perhaps be a non story if The NZ Herald’s add on is not true.

    Didn’t see the Herald article. The potentially serial aspect is definitely pretty dodgy-looking. All I got from the Stuff article was “dude buys tickets to music festival; plans change so he can’t go, so he sticks them on Trademe”.

    Comment by derp de derp — February 16, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  26. The update is that this is the third year Mallard has happened to have tickets for that festival which he’s then sold.

    Comment by danylmc — February 16, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  27. Perhaps this is a (minor) example of the “culture of impunity” Paul Buchanan was talking about.

    Well that and incompetence.

    Comment by TerryB — February 16, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  28. I agree this is not much of a story, but if Mallard had given the tickets away to someone poor but deserving, or sold them at a profit and given the money to charity, he would have looked both cool and generous. Instead he just looks like a bit of a dick. Sigh.

    Comment by helenalex — February 16, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  29. “A backbench MP has to supplement his income somehow. I suspect it’s a little more legitimate than Richard Worth’s.🙂 Maybe Trevor is really a Tory in drag.”

    I could probably live on $130,000 per year, though it’s hard to know for sure when I don’t have that much.

    My instinct is that it’s less dodgy than the arms dealing Ross Meurant did from his Parliamentary office in the early 1990s.

    Comment by kahikatea — February 16, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  30. I could probably live on $130,000 per year, though it’s hard to know for sure when I don’t have that much.

    I can tell you it’s pretty hard.
    I’m down to only 4 champagne baths per week.

    Comment by Gregor W — February 16, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  31. It may be a non story, but perhaps this is just what Labour needs to sideline Mallard, who frankly has been a bit off his game recently.
    http://afinetale.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/its-exactly-what-it-looks-like.html

    Comment by alex — February 16, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  32. “I’m down to only 4 champagne baths per week.”

    Try using méthode traditionnelle instead – you could get bubbly just good for maybe 1/4 the price. Be able to have two on sundays!

    FM

    Comment by Fooman — February 16, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  33. What about Pink cHardon or Spewmante?

    Comment by insider — February 16, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  34. Real men bath in Speights.

    Comment by merv — February 16, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  35. Blogging segway of the year…

    Comment by garethw — February 16, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  36. Ahem! What exactly is chatterable about selling tickets to a concert?

    Fairfax is bloody desperate if they have to make a front page headline splash about it.

    How many hundreds (thousands ) of tickets to concerts have been on sold?

    Mallard sells 4 and and Danyl invents another excuse to snipe at MP’s.

    Danyl you are desperate and bored as well being boring.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — February 16, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  37. Um…I think you are forgetting the high ratio of adult sex shops to population in Petone. It amazes me that they have the same number of sex shops in Petone as the whole of central Wellington. What are you doing out there Petone?

    Comment by Tim — February 16, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  38. I don’t think it’s desperation so much as amazement at the incredible number of straws that can be piled on the camel’s back that is Mallard’s viability; any one of them could be the last.

    Comment by Rhinocrates — February 16, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  39. The Teflon Teal?

    Comment by Gregor W — February 16, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  40. peterlepaysan

    Whats funnier? Trev “Delboy” Mallard (sorry “Bub”), or the Labour apologists saying nuffink to see ‘ere, move ri’ along now…

    f-ing hilarious…

    Comment by gn — February 16, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  41. @ tim

    We ooze pheromones at this end of the harbour. We need plenty of supplies

    Comment by insider — February 16, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

  42. Mallard sells 4 and and Danyl invents another excuse to snipe at MP’s.

    His involvement with anti-scalping legislation is surely notable.

    Comment by StephenR — February 17, 2012 @ 12:47 am

  43. Apart from scalping being a pox, and the blatant hypoxcrisy due to his legislative stand against it, this ain’t even good capitalism. It’s 1% capitalism, bugger all effort profiteering pissing on genuine buyers type capitalism.

    Maybe Mallard is not very familiar with productive capitialism.

    Comment by Pete George — February 17, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  44. back when I worked at IBM in the early 90s, our main center was in Petone, and Jackson Street was something of a wasteland.

    I recall there was a family of feral cats living in the flax bushes out the front of the building that occasionally brought in fair size rats from the foreshore to devour in the front car park.

    Good times.

    Comment by Gregor W — February 17, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  45. I agree it sucks and Mallard is a lame duck (in every sense) but:

    It’s not really all that important w/r/t like teh economyz and stuff… is there anything actually interesting happening in Wellington at the moment?

    Comment by nommopilot — February 17, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  46. “Good times.”

    Demz were the days!

    Comment by nommopilot — February 17, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  47. “The update is that this is the third year Mallard has happened to have tickets for that festival which he’s then sold.”

    Who ever said Labour MPs weren’t entrepreneurial eh?

    Comment by NN — February 17, 2012 @ 10:42 am

  48. Nommopilot asks: is there anything actually interesting happening in Wellington at the moment?

    I believe there is a music festival happening (the waterfront traffic was murder last night!)

    Comment by MeToo — February 17, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  49. “It’s not what it looks like, it’s not what it looks like”

    Hilarious. Making a profit from ticket scalping while ‘cleverly’ maintaining political integrity by rapid assurances to passers-by! This could be the start of Mallard’s journey from politics into holding seminars on how to effectively manipulate money markets while remaining completely dignified and composed.

    Comment by Daniel Lang — February 17, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  50. this is the third year Mallard has happened to have tickets for that festival

    Maybe he bought them and realized the band were the usual selection of has-beens and never-weres.

    And that the dance tent would feature some bloke shouting “all you laydeez in the house” every 30 seconds all night. I assumed at first he was a drunk who was about to be thrown out, but after a few minutes had the horrific revelation he was actually a paid performer.

    $95 – that’s the real ripoff.

    Comment by Rich — February 17, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  51. Gordon Campbell nails it

    “Yesterday, as the story finally ran its course, the end game was just as instructive.

    During Question Time in Parliament, the National Party treated Mallard’s discomfort merely as a joke. No surprise there. Mallard’s own closing gambit though, was interesting. Did he pay the kids back the excess he’d charged them? No. Instead, he offered to buy back the tickets.

    You can almost hear Mallard and his dickhead advisers working this one out. ‘Look, they paid you the price, Trev. They can obviously afford it. The only reason they’re pissed off is because you’re an MP. So screw them. Offer to buy back the tickets. It’s a win/win. If they refuse, you keep the money. If they use the tickets and go to Homegrown it shows everyone they were willing to pay the price…And if they accept the buyback – which they won’t – at least the little bastards won’t get to go to Homegrown.”

    Dismayingly, RNZ carried a sound clip of David Shearer saying that this offe r from Mallard was the only right thing to do.”

    Comment by Gregor W — February 17, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  52. Dismayingly, RNZ carried a sound clip of David Shearer saying that this offe r from Mallard was the only right thing to do.”

    Jeezus…Shearer may have an awesome backstory, but if he has only backstory and nothing but rank stupidity for the present…

    Comment by Leopold — February 17, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  53. ‘It’s not what it looks like; it’s not what it looks like,’
    Erm, wasn’t he just making a joke “No I’m not selling drugs to/buying drugs from young people”.

    I bit like the time a mate was fishing about on the floor for his keys and called out loudly as a group of young ladies passed us by “No I’m not sucking your dick now, darling, you’ll just have to wait”. But I guess you had to be there to see there reaction..?

    Not that I’m a Mallard fan.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 17, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  54. their

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 17, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  55. CF: That was certainly my reading of it. Probably the least interesting part of the whole story. Although, the whole thing is fairly uninteresting.

    Comment by Simon Poole — February 17, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  56. the last time Mallard got roundly bollocked was by Clark. Since then he’s ben able to do his own thing. Goff didn’t appear to have any idea of how that damaged Labour and the pattern looks to continue.

    Comment by NeilM — February 17, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  57. NeilM. Redundant.

    “The last time Mallard got roundly bollocked was by Clark. Since then he’s been able to do his own thing. Goff didn’t appear to have any idea.”

    Comment by Gregor W — February 17, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  58. that does read better, implying the same point and not so heavy handed.

    Comment by NeilM — February 17, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  59. On the subject of NZ music, Mallard is probably the sharpest knife in Labour’s drawer, in that he appears to care about it to the degree that he actually knows something about it. It was he, along with Steve Maharey and Pete Hodgson, who regularly scored in Judith Tizard’s NZ Music Month Challenges. As a good team player he never drew attention to the pious fraud that Tizard herself didn’t have a clue herself about such matters beyond what she was able to retain from what her minders fed her.

    Perhaps it’s a sad indictment on Labour that their historical concern for NZ music has been reduced to opportunistic ticket scalping. Or perhaps Mallard simply realised too late that he’d bought tickets for a slab of meathead pub cover acts with a chunk of barbecue reggae.

    Comment by Joe W — February 18, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  60. hmmm, Trev and co as the champions of NZ music because they aced the MPs’ NZ music quiz? Staffers used to answer them…

    Comment by Augie — February 19, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  61. I’m shattered. What next, NZ First’s singing MP has a warbling staffer crouching out of sight?

    Comment by Joe W — February 20, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  62. “opportunistic ticket scalping”
    Scalping is only scalping if you bought with the intention of resale at a profit?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 20, 2012 @ 1:06 pm


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