Majority in readers' poll wants a ban on ticket resales

Theatre giant Andrew Lloyd Webber is to join forces with ticket resellers Twickets in a bid to beat touts.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 6:08 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 4:49 pm
Secondary ticketing can cost buyers far more than face value.

People wanting to see sporting or theatrical events are often charged way over the odds on secondary ticketing platforms. So we asked: “Do you think it should be illegal to resell tickets for gigs and other events?”

At the time of writing, almost 200 people had voted on our Facebook page, with 60% saying yes, 40% no.

Helen Ford said: “I put yes. I am referring to touts etc. I've seen plenty times when people can't go and they sell their tickets at face value, then yes, that L can understand.”

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Steven Chippendale said: “It’s not in ticket agents’ best interests, so it’s unlikely to happen.

“But they could simply introduce a similar system to cinemas; ensure that you pay with a card that will still be valid on the date of the event (simple validation check on the website), and swipe on entry.”

Lisa Leyden thinks: “Yes, but there should also be an option for people to get a full refund from the venue, then the venue could resell them.”

Martin Shields said: “Sometimes people can't genuinely make it. Giving people the choice to be able to sell on helps this. Touts should be struck off like.”

Viv Moor said: “I voted no as I’ve bought tickets before, then not been able to go and sold them for the ticket price. I don’t think it’s right to make a profit from them.”