Guest Post: eBay and Tickets.
Concert tickets, eBay and the media hype is one thing that makes my blood boil on a regular basis. Every time a big band/artist or ticket vendor release tickets, they appear on eBay. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles and if there are people who want to pay that sort of stupid money then the demand will be supplied.
The way I see it (and I’ve blogged on the subject previously) is if you own a ‘spare ticket’ or two, then good on you, sell it on eBay. Why not? You paid for it, it’s yours. In this economic climate ‘every little helps’ as they say and eBay is ‘only a selling venue’ for anyone who wants to make spare cash, isn’t it? The touts who buy hundreds and ‘deprive the real fans’ of tickets and even join fan clubs for the purpose of obtaining better and earlier tickets are just cashing in, as we all would and do, when we get the chance of bagging a lucrative ‘bound to sell well on eBay’ deal. It’s up to the vendors to prevent this via restrictions on purchase numbers but the touts will find a way around that too, I suppose.
Banning the sale of tickets on eBay is NOT the answer: the big ticket vendors should be selling on eBay too rather than auctions on their own sites and clauses on the back of some tickets to prevent resale. How many times do I hear companies and manufacturers say they’ve been ‘stung’ by eBay sellers selling more and making more than they can? If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen or at least fix the darn air con!
Being a very regular concert attendee, I could have sold any of my AC/DC tickets at LG Arena or especially Wembley Stadium for 4 times the face value on eBay immediately as they sold out in minutes, but as a ‘real’ fan I’m keeping them close to my rockin’ heart. I sit at my PC, laptop and phone on the day of release and get my tickets before they sell out.
As for the artists’/fans’ fury… the media grind and artist ego boosting machine kicks in: any publicity is good publicity. (Try telling that to Frank Bough – Ed.) One fan on the TV last week had camped out all night to get her ticket. I wouldn’t camp out all night for Mr Jackson but she was a true fan and did what she had to do to get her seat.
So, as for ‘Michael Jackson tickets, bloody touts, damn you eBay! Blah blah blah’ yes Dan you’re right. It’s old and boring, get a life, stop moaning and get a ticket! Anorak zipped with tickets safe inside, rant over what/who would you camp out for and what’s your view on tickets on eBay?