The Ebay and tout boycott sign now

Have you ever been fleeced for a ticket for a gig or other event on ebay?


As most of you will know, ebay has many legal, good uses- for example a small business can sell to a large marketplace.

However, you will also be aware of the 'touting' of gig tickets on Ebay, robbing real music fans for many times the price of the tickets face value. And then gigs sell out faster because these touts buy tickets by the bucket-load. They even have programs which buy the tickets for them, without going through the forms everyone else does, and so giving them even further advantages over people who actually want to go. For example, today i was attempting to buy tickets that, i knew, were in demand -from both fans and touts. Well as expected the gig sold out, and within moments tickets appeared on ebay, going for many times their face value. the last time i checked, 2 of these 8 tickets were going for 100, and possibly more by now.


and its not only gigs, its anything with tickets. For example, the upcoming world cup will no doubt be a target for these scum. As are cup finals, grand prix and just about any other event you may want to go to, and want enough to be ripped off.

The problem lies in the fact that, according to ebay rules, theyre doing nothing wrong. Supply and demand, they may say. But the only reason theres an excessive demand is these touts are supping the supply. And ebay themselves are unwilling to change these rules as they make money from these leaches. And, as a capitalist corperation, they think of little other than money.

So what can you do about it. Well, alone, im afraid not much alone, but perhaps if you pass this on, and boycott ebay FOR ANYTHING until they put there rules together to fix this. I do not support the abuse of ebay rules, so no 1m bids to void the sales, though its entirely what they deserve.

This boycott should hurt them financially untill they maybe give in. Dont give into touts, you only give them more money with which to rip more people off with. Scout round messageboards, and use websites such as http://www.scarletmist.com/default.asp to buy tickets at face value.


Beat the touts. Bocott Ebay.




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