John Robb On BBC News Talking About Online Ticket Resellers Like Viagogo
The news piece centred around the news that tickets for the Python team’s reunion show not only sold out in a matter of seconds, but also that they were available for sale from places like Viagogo a few seconds later for “massively hyped up prices”. This raised two main talking points for the news piece; firstly, where these tickets came from, and secondly, why are the prices so far above face value?
Last year Louder Than War ran a feature by one of our writers who at the time had been getting particularly irate that a lot of the websites he visited carried ads for ticket resellers. Most of the comments about the piece agreed that places like Viagogo were a bad thing, with the expression “ticket touts” being bandied about a lot.
Viagago’s Steve Roest provided the case for the opposition on the BBC’s couch. He countered that they’re providing a service, albeit one that leaves customers no option but to buy tickets at a vastly inflated price within seconds of the tickets going on sale, and one that means Viagogo get very rich for doing very little. He also said that unlike places like Ebay you can “trust” Viagago.
One thing’s for certain anyway, until the government legislates against these things ticket resellers are going to continue doing what they’re doing – getting rich off of fans who are desperate to see their favourite artists and are prepared to pay well above the odds for tickets.
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