2012 tickets Q&A
The process for buying London 2012 tickets has led to some controversy and confusion and questions remain:
Will there be another chance to buy tickets?
Yes, at least one. Locog has always said it will hold another sale of the remaining tickets and I gather that is more likely to be this summer than next year now.
The plans are fluid at the moment and there could be an announcement fairly soon. Do not forget you can still get tickets through the two official hospitality providers, Thomas Cook and Prestige, which will be offering hotel and event packages.
There is even a small chance that some events might end up being box office on the day, but there is no confirmation of that. If you are really disappointed and have missed out, there is always the Paralympics. Tickets go on sale on 9 September.
What are my chances of getting a ticket for a high-profile event?
The velodrome is likely to be massively over-subscribed
Small to be honest. The fact is the ceremonies, big athletics and swimming nights and track cycling will be massively over-subscribed, and the biggest demand is likely to be at the lowest price point. It is a ballot system, and if you are in it, you have a statistical chance. Good luck.
When will the money come out of my account, and when will I find out what tickets I've got?
The process goes on until 24 June, which is the last point at which you will be told for which events you have been successful in getting tickets.
In some cases, your account will be debited quite a bit before your notification e-mail or letter, but the organisers say they are trying to make the payment and notifications as close as possible.
They point out this is a very complex process, but are aware that people want to know what they have bought.
If I get too many tickets can I sell them back?
Yes, but you will have to wait, and only if someone wants to buy them. Locog is promising a simple, easy to use system for resale of tickets via their website early next year. It is basically going to work along the lines of others, like the one created by Fifa for World Cup tickets.
You might have for example three second round badminton tickets going spare at £20 each, and the website will match you up with an interested buyer, with money changing hands electronically. It is all face value only, so do not expect to make a profit or be involved in some auction-style sale.
Can I sell on to family and friends?
Yes, with the basic principle that you are not supposed to make a profit. Locog will not stop a private transaction like that, but they do not want tickets advertised in newspaper or online classifieds or on auction websites. Come on, you are not going to rip-off your Granny are you?
Update 16 May 0930 BST: Minor changes made to details as money begins to be taken from buyers' accounts.