Ticket touts could face extinction under proposed new law

29 January 2011

Sigue+Sigue+Sputnik

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!

TOPICS:   Cool Stuff

14 comments

  • llusnewo
    Anyone who is stupid enough to buy a ticket from a tout deserves to be ripped off
  • Alexis
    As if the tories are going to bring in a law restricting the private sector!
  • PlatPlat
    Tour promoters tout their own tickets nowadays. Premium packages, reselling websites, booking fees, postage fees, massive inflation in face values. Don't think any of this activity will be regulated under this law.
  • Steve
    The last concert i went to had about 30% of the seats left empty because the touts got a lot of tickets early on and were selling them for insane money ( £500+ ) but no one for a change was willing to pay it
  • ElBuc
    Dear House of Commons, Please will you make it law that if a 'scalp' tries to sell me a ticket outside a gig I can legally kick him square in the nuts and take the tickets from him. Thanks.
  • wOnKeY h.
    If I had a band, the groupies would be right little foxes.
  • oliverreed
    Ticket with 10% mark up, ok, although the postage will be astronomical!
  • Brad
    Its funny because the websites rip you off as much as the touts so no body wins.
  • Big G.
    Mmm retail price restrictions, sounds like old labour is back. Maybe if the promoters looked at supplying the demand by playing bigger venues and more gigs the demand for tickets on the grey market would diminish.
  • Mr T.
    Havent the bloody government got more important things to be dealing with at the moment than stopping little Jonny paying over the odds for a backstage pass to Gary Glitters comeback gig? We can start saving money by getting rid of this Sharon Hodgson harridan for a start. Labour really do continue to become ever more pointless and irrelevant dont they; and we're left with a couple of underaged, over educated fassy boys to run the country. Bollocks.
  • TimB
    It won't be compulsory, which means TicketMaster for one will refuse to buy into it, because to do so would effectively mean closing down getmein.com - Ticketmasters own tout company. If TicketMaster refuse to allow LiveNation to sell protected tickets through them, LiveNation won't protect their tickets, which means about 90% of major live UK events won't be affected by this in the slightest. What's the point of legislating against something if you're not going to make it compulsory?
  • inactionman
    While we can't legally get a refund on a ticket (check it out, it's deliberately left out of the DSAR and most venues/promoters/resellers will refuse to provide a refund) I don't support anything to restrict the secondary market for tickets. This is an area where, unlike pretty much everything else, it's heavily slanted against the consumer.
  • John M.
    It's about bloody time, but TimB is right: it'll never work if it's not compulsory. Many ticketing agencies also operate very profitable businesses reselling tickets along the lines of Seatwave etc, and so they have too much to lose. Just look at Reading Festival, which despite selling out each year refuses to accept returns (so they could be resold by official outlets at face value). Instead, it encourages people to resell tickets on Viagogo, 'the official fan-to-fan ticket resale partner of Reading'. So they make profit from selling the same tickets twice, and the punters lose out. As usual.
  • Adey
    Once again an mp trying to get in with the public telling them what they want to hear. Its now October paul mccartney tickets go onsale at manchester arena in 2 days time yet theyre already being sold on ebay by touts at hundreds of pounds each. The ticket industry in my opinion needs invesigating. To the music fan it appears corrupt to the core

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