Which? want a crackdown on event ticket resales
We don't expect Viagogo to care too much about all of this considering they've been on the Advertising Standards Agency of non-compliant advertisers since 1st October 2014.
364 tickets for Rod Stewart's latest UK tour were for sale on Stubhub the day before pre-sale had even begun. Viagogo had been selling Benedict Cumberbatch tickets for £1,500 with a £62.50 resale value despite the Barbican venue having a really strict policy on ticket reselling and also the need for photographic ID.
Consumer rights laws state that ticket buyers should be notified of any restrictions on the tickets and his should include seating details plus the original face value of tickets should be stated.
Richard Lloyd of Which? said:
People get rightly frustrated losing out on popular tickets, particularly when they end up on sale at the same time on secondary sites at higher prices.
We need the government review to crack down on those who resell tickets at inflated prices on an industrial scale.
At the moment it is far too easy for these ticket marketplaces to place the emphasis on the sellers and shift any blame for people making huge sums of money at the expense of those just wanting to catch a show.
Not being quick off the mark for a particular event is probably your own fault but if tickets aren't available because
assholes scalpers are able to get in before presale, well that certainly does need looking at and we'd be all for that.