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2PM concert organizer accused of ‘false advertising’

WASTE OF TIME:One fan said that the three days and two nights he spent lining up to buy a ticket to attend the group’s debut concert in Taiwan were now ‘meaningless’

Staff Writer, with CNA

The popular South Korean boy-band 2PM performed in Taiwan yesterday on the first leg of an Asian tour amid allegations against the organizers of “false advertising.”

The six-member group, nicknamed “Beast Idols,” was slated to perform in Taipei for just one night today, but the organizers decided to schedule another performance for yesterday evening.

“That means the Saturday night concert will not be the first one” as advertised, Consumers’ Foundation general-secretary Chen Chih-yi (陳智義) said. “It’s like cheating.”

When the organizers decided on Sept. 3 to organize a second performance, 80 percent of the tickets for the Taiwan leg of the band’s “Hands Up Asia Tour” had been sold, Chen told a press conference.

It was the fifth time this year that a show had been added to the performance schedule of a South Korean entertainer or group, he said.

When tickets went on sale for the Taipei concert on Aug. 21, fans thought they were buying seats for the band’s only show in Taiwan and some of them stood in line for hours to obtain tickets.

The organizers’ decision is not fair to fans, said a high-school student surnamed Tai, who said he had queued for three days and two nights to get a ticket.

All that queuing was “meaningless” after the organizers, Owl -Entertainment, switched the band’s Taiwan debut to yesterday, Tai said, describing himself as a diehard “hottest” — 2PM’s name for its fans.

“Of course, we also want them to stage more shows in Taiwan, but the organizers should take the fans’ feelings into consideration” and apologize, Tai said.

However, Chen said that a concert ticket is a like contract and an apology would not be enough. He said he hoped the Fair Trade Commission would take steps to curb such “marketing malice.”

Under Article 21 of the Fair Trade Act (公平交易法) and Article 22 of the Consumer Protection Act (消費者保護法), the concert organizers could be subject to a fine of between NT$50,000 and NT$25 million (US$1,640 and US$820,300) if they are found to have engaged in false advertising, according to the Consumers’ Foundation.

After the two concerts in Taiwan, 2PM is scheduled to tour China, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan.

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