Ticket Selling For Profit Should be Made Illegal sign now

Every year, Ticket Touts (Scalpers as they are known in the USA) sell tickets to desperate/unsuspecting consumers who all have been at the unfortunate end of missing out on buying officially sold tickets for concerts and festivals etc.

Unfortunately for some people, buying tickets this way is never a safe or reasonable option as the Tout could either not have the tickets in the first place, just taking the money and running with it (so to speak), or they ask for WAY too much for the ticket (for example, face value of ticket is 50, the Tout sells the ticket to the desperate customer for 100+, sometimes even up as high as 1000 or more depending on the popularity of the artist/band/festival concerned).

Some Touts even go to all ends to get their hands on tickets, and in lot of cases, even use stolen credit/debit cards, or use a method of Identity Theft, to gain their tickets from unsuspecting official ticket vendors.

Also, Glastonbury Festival (aswell as Reading/Leeds and V Festival) here in the UK is one of the most well-known and hard hit events for touts selling tickets - more so this year with V and Reading because Glastonbury Festival has more stringent regulations for an official ticket holder to get into the festival. A ticket holder to Glastonbury Festival has their name and address printed on the ticket, and will also require official government approved Photo ID (such as a Passport or CitizenCard) that matches the person holding the ticket. The ticket holder is also required to present proof of name and address also that matches the details on the ticket.

However, lately touts selling tickets for Glastonbury Festival on eBay (and other sources) have been found to offer FAKE ID and also FAKE DOCUMENTS to whoever buys the ticket from them, therefore creating a risky problem for the customer when trying to get into Glastonbury Festival as if the person is caught using these fake proof of id, they could either be arrested or at the very least refused entry into the festival.

The only problem though however is that places such as eBay will not cancel ticket auctions, whether they are touts or not, as they have officially stated that because such acts of profiteering are NOT illegal (yet), they refuse to cancel any of these auctions, especially those where it is clearly obvious it is a tout selling them.

Therefore, it is in our interest to make the Government more aware to this problem and we believe they Government should pass a bill of some sort that makes the sales of tickets for profit (ie at a HIGHER cost than that of the Face Value of the ticket, including the booking fee) ILLEGAL. Also at the same time, tickets sold AT Face Value (with or without the official vendor's booking fee) would NOT be illegal as no profiteering would be involved. But of course, fake tickets and tickets sold with fake id, whether at face value or not, should also be illegal.

In doing this, eBay (aswell as other sources for ticket selling) can have more tighter regulations on what tickets are being sold illegally and those that are not, and then remove the illegal auctions from sale.

Of course, there are some considerations that would need to be looked into further, and if it's not possible for the above to be passed by Government, more stricter regulations should be enforced by the Government at the very least.

Bottom line? Ticket selling for Profit to be made Illegal (or with stricter government approved regulations), but ticket selling at Face Value to still be allowed.

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