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Wrong to sell free tickets?

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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
The government says eBay needs to stop sales of tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Preston.

It says it's unacceptable the free tickets for the show are being sold on.

Some are going for hundreds of pounds with listings telling people how to get round ID checks.

More than 500,000 people applied for tickets. Only 35,000 were handed out by ballot for the two-day music festival headlined by The Scissor Sisters, Razorlight and Kaiser Chiefs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/news/newsbeat/070514_one_big_weekend.shtml



The government has requested that online auction site eBay remove tickets for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend event.

The 35,000 free tickets for the two day music festival near Preston were allocated by ballot.

But tickets have appeared on eBay for up to £400 a pair, with some listings detailing how to evade ID checks.

Creative Industries Minister Shaun Woodward said profiteering from the event was unacceptable. EBay said it had noted his comments.

'Perfectly legal'

Mr Woodward said:"This flies in the face of all the hard work that Radio One is putting in to stamping out touts at the Big Weekend.

"Ebay should stop selling the tickets - the artists are not making money from this free event, so why should the touts?

"Demand for this event is outstripping supply by more than ten to one, and the BBC has decided that people should get tickets on the basis of how lucky they are, not how much money they have."

A spokesman for eBay said: "The resale of concert tickets is perfectly legal and legitimate and it is eBay's policy to allow this.

"We note the points raised in Shaun Woodward's letter and will respond in due course.

"We remain committed to discussing with the government the many issues surrounding the secondary ticket market."

The Scissor Sisters, Razorlight and Kaiser Chiefs are headlining the concerts, which take place on 19 and 20 May.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6647941.stm

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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Dont think there is anything wrong with it. Its all about supply and demand. If people are willing to pay the money, then why shouldnt they be sold on?

If they werent on ebay, the touts would just find another way.
#2
Too right I say.

There are too many eBay 'chancers' out there, trying to make a quick quid from selling on things purely to make a profit.

Free tickets should remain free... I wouldn't pay hundreds of pounds for something that someone ligitimately got for nothing.

I guess the people that do are partly to blame, supply and demand etc. But there will always be someone with more money than sense who'll pay...
#3
Raniator
I wouldn't pay hundreds of pounds for something that someone ligitimately got for nothing.


But there are lots of people who will, so why should the sellers be stopped from selling, and the buyers be stopped from buying? Nobody is forcing people to buy these tickets. They are doing it out of choice.

Instead of the BBC moaning about eBay, they should be concentrating their efforts on making their tickets tout-proof like Glastonbury did. If they cant be bothered to spend the time/money doing this, then they should stop moaning about eBay and let the touts get on with it.

They should put up or shut up.
#4
I live in Lancaster near Preston and was absolutely desperate to get tickets. Much to my annoyance my Dad actually decided to apply several days later using the same address. He got a pair of tickets and I didn't!

I can't decide whether selling them is fair or not. It is however in the BBCs terms and conditions that you are absolutely not allowed to sell them on so I guess they have a point.
#5
This always happens, i remember the one big weekend they had in ireland. People were selling tickets on ebay for stupid prices and ebay stopped them, but they found a way around it.
They started selling massive attack posters for £100+ and giving away tickets for the show for "free".
#6
Answer- NO.

Its up to the person buying to decide really.
#7
I think selling them is acceptable as once you get them they are yours to do whatever you want with them.
#8
There's plenty of people spoiling these ticket auctions with fake bids and are willing to risk bad rep to do so. Much respect to these people.

But the organisers should do more to foil touts and ebayers. It's so simple to print the name and address of the ticketholder on the ticket and ask for ID. No ID to confirm the ticket - no entry.
#9
And out of interest, how do you get round these ID checks?
#10
Really, I think in some ways it's OK because it does actually give people who genuinely want to go and didn't win the chance to..but at the same time imho if the organisers of the event ask they not be sold on, that should be respected by eBay and they should ban the sale of them....but that would require an ounce of any sort of decent morals from eBay, and we all know that will never happen, heh.
#11
People will buy anything, it's completely fair that someone exploits this
#12
i guess you could take a cut for charity or something but like people have said, if people want to pay £400 to see a couple of bands play in a field then why not?
#13
I think it is good enterprise.

Like I said before...the BBC should be concentrating their efforts on making their tickets tout-proof like Glastonbury did, not going after eBay. If they cant be bothered to spend the time/money doing this, then they should stop moaning about eBay and let the touts get on with it.
#14
Out of curiousity are any HUKD members going to be attending the festival on Sunday? As if by magic I've convinced my dad to give me the tickets :)
#15
MBeeching
Out of curiousity are any HUKD members going to be attending the festival on Sunday? As if by magic I've convinced my dad to give me the tickets :)



Lucky you. I entered as I am very close to Preston but didn't get any. Absolutely gutted that my brother did and also his friend got a pair too.

Enjoy MB.
#16
whats ebays problem? they get the final value fee off each seller anyway. and its not like its a ethical matter? can't see their point, its not like any kind of frauds going on either!
#17
I think the problem lies in the difference between people who buy tickets and then genuinely can't use them, and those who purposely buy/apply for tickets with no intention other than trying to sell them to make a profit.

The latter is not "market demand", it's not "fair play" - it's "greed".
[admin]#18
S'pose it is a bit of a shame that people applied for the tickets and won even though they never had any intention on going, when someone who actually wanted to go could've got them. just means that people that really wanted to go now have to pay, so from that point of view, I think it's unfair.
#19
greed aka entrepeneurial spirit!
#20
No, entrepenurial spirit implies someone who comes up with new ideas - this is plain old fashioned ripping off. :p
#21
BristolDeal
I think the problem lies in the difference between people who buy tickets and then genuinely can't use them, and those who purposely buy/apply for tickets with no intention other than trying to sell them to make a profit.

The latter is not "market demand", it's not "fair play" - it's "greed".


It is market demand. If there wasnt the demand for the tickets, the touts wouldnt buy them.

If demand outstrips supply, there is money to be made.

Like I have said numerous times on this thread, there is no point debating if its morally wrong, or whether eBay should remove listings. It is up to the BBC to make the tickets tout-proof. It is possible!!
#22
[SIZE=2]Okay, let's call it exploitation then.[/SIZE]
#23
BristolDeal
[SIZE=2]Okay, let's call it exploitation then.[/SIZE]


Which is what pretty much every successful businessman/woman in the world does.

They exploit an opportunity to make money. Nothing wrong with it in my eyes.
#24
Ian182

Like I have said numerous times on this thread, there is no point debating if its morally wrong, or whether eBay should remove listings. It is up to the BBC to make the tickets tout-proof. It is possible!!


I totally agree. If the BBC were that concerned they could have gone down the same route as Glasto tickets with all their tout-proof measures.
Once the BBC have given out the tickets surely its up to the individual what to do with them.
#25
MBeeching
Out of curiousity are any HUKD members going to be attending the festival on Sunday? As if by magic I've convinced my dad to give me the tickets :)



I am :)

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