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They love how entrepreneurial they are.
Read this http://blog.dice.fm/post/107997788494/the-consumer-rights-bill-and-what-you-need-to
Is it actually 'illegal' to be a ticket tout? The amount of blatant touts outside large venues is insane.
Has anyone used that DICE app, by the way? God knows how they're surviving without charging ANY fees, but it's a great little bit of kit (assuming I get in to Laura Groves alright tonight with tickets I bought from them...).
they could arrest people for touting football tickets outside a stadium, but not for touting gig tickets. This was about 10 years mind - no idea if it was true then or if it's true now, but that's what I was told. Apparently the law is/was different for the two types of event.
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which makes it an offence for anyone other than the club/football association to sell tickets unless the club gives permission
one of the big promoters was trying a couple of years ago to get them to change the law to include gig and festival tickets but the govt wasn't having any of it. i can't remember who it was but if i find the link i'll post it.
that needed banning from them, there might be more pressure?
The whole structure of ticket sales for big events, from top to bottom (be it touts in cahoots with promoters, or secondary sellers which are basically just brands of the primary seller company group), seems to be a carefully crafted set-piece that ultimately leads back to a single point. Presumably the 'official secondary seller' part does actually make sales to gullible/desperate people with more money than sense? Same goes for the touts. And the whole thing is factored in and costed up by the person at the top running the operation. So the controlled market for 'overpriced' touted sales and 'official secondary sales' is effectively subsidising the 'normal' batch of sales. So if the, albeit shady (i.e. 'official'/favoured street touts) and disingenuous (i.e. 'official' secondary sales) markets were thwarted, then it'd be no surprise at all to see an across the board rise in 'normal' ticket prices to compensate for the revenue being denied to the top dogs.
Men. If you're regularly coming up against problems with 'sold out' gigs/shows/concerts then you're either really really slow off the mark or you're into some real shit stuff. #toutfreetoiletcircuit4thewin #indiepoints
Men? *Meh. But, yeah, men too.
when someone buys a ticket for £40 including VAT and flogs it for £120 charging no VAT and paying no tax on the profit.
Mind you, there are much, much bigger tax avoiders that they apparently don't give a shit about either. Mainly lobbyists and their establishment friends.... reckon there's a connection? Basically by allowing small scale reselling they are also giving a platform for corporations to run and control a highly lucrative secondary market.