Ticket Brokering Is Not Illegal, Though Refusing To Give Consumers The Ticket They Paid For Should Be
Let’s put aside the question of bots for a moment and just looks at tickets. Ticket brokerage is legal and it is a speculative, transactional business, where you pay your money and you take your chances. Big business using supercomputers to hoover up 1000s of tickets is one thing, but a business guy taking a flutter on the ticket market is another.
I’ve risked money on the secondary market a couple of times, I bought up more tickets than I needed for Paul McCartney in the hopes of reselling at a profit. Of course, Paul then added seven dates to the market place and I lost my chemise. I am not complaining, a risk, even a risk that seemed foolproof, is still a risk; I put up my money and spent a week on peanut butter sandwiches while giving the tickets to friends.
However, the silly human tricks that bands and theatre owners are playing with audience members is very irritating. If you can buy a ticket, that ticket is yours, and Radiohead fucking around (not releasing mobile tickets till hours before the show), is just plain stupid.
I don’t mind losing to anyone, but not when big conglomerates are waiting to trip me up. When I have to dump a ticket, Kid Rock recently, I sold it for $100 -a loss of $200. I didn’t go whining. So when I make the right bet on a ticket, why am I being stymied in my attempts to sell it as though I was a common thief. If I bought a motorbike for $1,000 and resold it for $1,500 on Ebay, what has that got to do with the manufacturer? And what if I bought it at a $1,000 and needed money quick and resold it at $500. That’s entirely my business. So why the hell is everybody sticking their nose in my business?
What has it got to do with anyone at all?
If Live Nation and AEG, want to charge an arm and a leg for a great ticket (tickets for the current Bey and Z dog and pony show are currently costing $1,900 direct from Ticketmaster), well, that’s fine. But if they were to then make it impossible for me to get my, to maneuver my ticket between friends, sfter I’ve bought them, not only do they have a six month interest free loan but they won’t provide the service they’ve been paid for no good reason whatsoever.
Look, go after bots as much as you want. But don’t go oafter ticket brokers as such. That’s true dirty pool. Unless you want to refund them when they lose money, leave them alone if they make money. As is, these big entertainment conglomerates are gonna seriously miss companies picking up all those tickets very shortly. As will “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child”.