Ticket Touts To Face 'Unlimited Fines' In A Crackdown On Resale Websites
Ticket touts who use computer programs to snap up massive amounts of tickets solely for re-sale are to face unlimited fines.
I think I speak on behalf of the majority of us when I say... GOOD. Why's it taken this long?!
How annoying has it been that bots can get on these sites before us and snap up hundreds of tickets before we can even get a look in? Next thing you know, you're selling a kidney to go and see someone you can watch on YouTube for free.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has decided on the move as part of a crackdown on resale websites.
One such website, Vaigogo, came under scrutiny last month after they began re-selling tickets to an Ed Sheeran cancer charity gig for up to £5,000.
Many accused them of being 'morally repugnant' as they pocketed the cash rather than donated it to the charity the gig was intended for in the first place.
ITV News reports that there was an £85 seat to see Adele at the London O2 last year apparently being re-sold online for £24,840. Bloody hell.
Culture minister Matt Hancock explained: "This profiteering is simply not fair, so we are acting to put fans first and improve the chances of seeing our favourite musicians and sports stars at a reasonable price.
"Ticket sellers also need to do more, by improving transparency and ensuring that they are acting in the best interests of consumers and help the market work for everyone."
Ticketmaster and other similar sites will also be encouraged to report bot attacks to police.
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