online touts- the gig goers fightback
Gig Goers Fightback
Last week we had an article about ticket touts using the dying Wilko Johnson’s farewell tickets as a means to cash in. Must have tickets are sold at an extortionate rate. Kraftwerk’s stint at the Tate Modern is a prime example of this where a pair of tickets (Face vale £120) was being sold on eBay for over £550. Now the consumer has started to fight back…
There is a growing amount of websites that are essentially ticket exchanges but the tickets MUST be sold at face value or below. Twickets on twitter (App available) and scarletmist.com are two fantastic ideas where the consumer is king and goes a long way to fight against the touts that prey on a supply and demand. Also, if you sign up to beatthetouts.com, they email you with details of tickets that will be for sale that week and details of presales.
It is great to see the concert goers sticking together but shouldn’t the government intervene to stop all touts? And shouldn’t we be putting pressure on eBay to enforce the same type of rules as Twickets and Scarlet Mist?
There should be a clampdown on all touts and these websites are a great start. Is this the start of the end for touts or is this just some gentle resistance.