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Looks interesting for tonight
Or people buying a couple of extra tickets to sell on. Even the really organised ones. It is usually for gigs that would sell out in minutes anyway, and it ensures you can either get a ticket (yes at inflated prices...) if you are desperate. If the venue / organisers themselves are in on it however, then that is just twattish.
but if they are giving tens of thousands of tickets away before general sale joe public has even less of a chance to pay face value.
most people assume that this happens anyway but hopefully the programme might lead to tighter controls.
that said, does anyone wanna make me an offer for some olympic 100m final tickets?
People are clearly willing to pay silly prices, I suppose they are just maximising their profit. Luckily it is rarely the kind of gig I'd want to go to so I don't really give too much of a shit.
I've no beef with taking maximum advantage of daft buggers who pay £big and wringing them for all they're worth. Which is why I've no real problem with the genuine second hand sales market.
The ticket sellers do a little cry about touts etc. But if they wanted to be transparent, and still price the touts out of the market, they could just auction tickets off, ebay stylee (they could even have a few tix at low buy it now prices as some sort of cynical pr move to appease the whingers who moan about rich people being able to afford stuff).
(not astroturfers, either: regular DiSers. they know who they are.)
‘The Great Ticket Scandal’ programme sent undercover reporters to fan-to-fan website Viagogo which claims to allow music fans to sell tickets they can no longer use to other fans.
It found the majority of tickets offered on Viagogo were allocated by promoters or large-scale professional ticket resellers, rather than being sold by genuine fans, and sold at well above their face value.
The programme claims major promoters allocated thousands of tickets to be sold this way, including tickets for recent gigs by Coldplay, Rihanna, Westlife, Take That and V Festival.
‘The Great Ticket Scandal’ also alleges that Viagogo staff compete directly with fans to buy in-demand tickets from sites such as Ticketmaster as soon as they go on sale, using multiple credit cards registered to different addresses to avoid systems put in place to prevent bulk ticket purchases.
Viagogo attempted to bring an injunction against Channel 4 but it was dropped in the High Court yesterday (22 February), enabling the programme to be broadcast.
which bands they thought were popular and if their shows would sell out, and then how he tried to get all up on Jamie Summers when everyone started calling him a touting fuck?
That was pretty funny.
Touts can fuck off, professional or not, and the "secondary ticketing" tactics the industry adopted a few years ago with Viagogo and Seatwave can all burn in hell
from that efestivals article: link to Scarlet Mist at the end - i thought that had been shut down. Turns out it is back again, which is great news
but no, i don't remember that, have you got a link?
which includes lots of info about the show tonight from the PR http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4327980