Ticket touts could face extinction under proposed new law
Forking out well over the odds for resold event tickets could soon be as much a thing of the past as white dogshit and a something else from the bygone era like, er, Charlie Chaplin and apartheid.
That’s because a Labour MP is attempting to being about a change in the law that will legally restrict the amount of profit that can be made on a resold ticket to just ten per cent, a move that would make professional touting more or less pointless.
Sharon Hodgson is the MP who has launched a private member’s bill in the House of Commons, which apes a law that already exists and seems to work just fine in Queensland, Australia, The World.
If the bill was to become law, it would not be compulsory but organisers of live events would be able to opt into the scheme. Selling a ‘protected’ ticket for more than ten per cent above the face value could lead to a fine of up to £5,000.
Such a change in legislation could be bad news for ‘official’ resellers such as Seatwave and Viagogo. Edward Somethingorother from Viagogo has had a bit of a bleat to The Guardian, saying…
“If a person has spent their hard-earned money on a ticket and can no longer use it, they should have the right to resell it at a price they choose. Why should tickets be any different to cars, books or handbags?”
He added that the bill would drive ticket reselling underground, “increasing fraud and pushing up prices for fans”. As well as possibly funding terrorism and killing penguins as well, or so we’re usually led to believe in cases like this when moneymakers look as though their income stream could be taken away from them.
Or would it? We’re not sure, but we’d like to know what you lot think about a possible cap on the prices of resold tickets. Go on, tell us. Purrrleease!