Ticketmaster launches fan-to-fan ticket trade website and closes secondary ticketing websites

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Followers can promote tickets to occasions they will not attend for face worth or much less

Ticketmaster has launched a brand new fan-to-fan ticket trade after closing its secondary ticketing platforms.

The corporate previously operated GetMeIn And Seatwave, the place tickets might be bought at inflated costs. GetMeIn was formally closed yesterday (December 7), whereas Seatwave shut down just a few weeks beforehand.

The brand new ticket trade will enable followers to purchase and promote tickets for face worth plus charges or much less. The positioning explains that when bought, tickets can be reissued to the customer and are verified by Ticketmaster.

In an announcement issued in August, Ticketmaster UK MD Andrew Parsons stated: “Our primary precedence is to get tickets into the palms of followers in order that they will go to the occasions they love. We all know that followers are bored with seeing tickets being snapped up simply to seek out them being resold for a revenue on secondary web sites, so we’ve taken motion.

“Closing down our secondary websites and making a ticket trade on Ticketmaster has at all times been our long-term plan. We’re excited to launch our redesigned web site which can make shopping for and promoting tickets quick and easy, with all tickets in the identical place.”

In latest months, rising numbers of artists have begun to ban tickets purchased by secondary ticketing websites at their reveals. In January, the federal government handed new laws that banned touts from utilizing bots to purchase tickets in bulk.

Whereas ticket touting itself remains to be not unlawful, it’s now a legal offence to make use of automated expertise to buy giant quantities of tickets to then be bought on at inflated costs.

Final 12 months, a examine discovered that almost all of the UK consider that secondary ticketing web sites had been a “rip off”, with music followers paying massively inflated costs for tickets to in-demand gigs. The survey, commissioned by anti-touting initiative FanFair Alliance and supported by See Tickets and The Ticket Manufacturing unit, discovered that 80% of the British public believed that they had been being extortionately charged by secondary ticketing web sites resembling ViaGoGo and GetMeIn.

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