Music tickets are expensive and all that
This is hardly surprising news, but touts make a lot of money selling tickets for sports and music events on online auction sites getting a decent profit of 59%, according to people who have researched this kind of thing slightly needlessly.
Apparently, if you really put your back into it, a "committed tout" can earn more than £28,000 a year. That's not a bad wage is it? I bet you can diddle your expenses on your tax as well. According to the research, you only have to sell around 10 tickets a week. Its almost worth thinking about taking it us as a job, eh?
Big events still get the biggest mark up, unsurprisingly. For example, a pair of Paul McCartney tickets sold for £450.
"Fans continue to pour thousands of pounds into the wallets of the touts," said Mark Hamilton, managing director G4S Events. "But, fans should be aware that in buying tickets from unauthorised outlets, they could find themselves barred from entering events if their tickets are found to be fraudulent, or their identification does not match up with the ticket purchaser."
Of course, you could side-step the scalpers and get tickets from your fave band at stupidly inflated prices. For example, if you want to watch Bon Jovi (you should be shot) you could fork out £1,200 for ringside seats that come with a black metal folding chair with a gold and cherry-red Bon Jovi logo on the cushion to take home. Or maybe, you'd like to pay £600 to have your tea with The Eagles... BUT NO PICTURES!
Is it any wonder everyone steals music these days?