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.
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.”
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.”