Ticket touts bother me to the point where I actually feel violent. You know the type; they hang around tube stations and pace up and down the queue outside the venue shouting “Any tickets for tonight? Buy or sell”
Why the government do nothing to stop these toothless, cousin bothering, immoral, greedy scumbags is beyond me. I can only assume that it’s because touts remind them so much of themselves.
A quick Google search brings up tales of fans who try to buy tickets the instant they go on sale, only to find they’ve sold out, yet appear on Ebay shortly after with 300% mark-ups. How can this be fair? How dare they profit from the fruits of someone else creative ability? How dare they hold tickets ransom? How dare they get in the way of an individual and the simple pleasures in life?
This post is fantastic it combines moral indignation and economic quackery brilliantly. Just what you expect from your typical lefty idiot.
Let's just take a look at one of the points David raises...
How dare they profit from the fruits of someone else creative ability?
The point to be made here is the touts aren't actually profiting from someone else's creativity. The producer of said 'creativity' has already sold and, one would hope, profited from their creativity.
The tout profits from the willingness of the fan to pay. And this profit generally relates to the ratio of supply against demand. Which is always going to be a problem with staged events as there is always a limited supply of tickets.
In addition at no point is the fan forced to buy anything. So there is nothing unfair about this relationship. The fan can decide either to stay at home or pay the market rate.
And what are the likely consequences of a government ban? Well not an end to touting. The most likely consequence is an increase in the price of touted tickets due to the increased risks involved.
There is nothing greedy about touts. The tout has not stolen anything. The artist has willing sold their creativity at a price they are happy with. And the tout has not forced anyone to buy their ticket(s).
The only thing touts reveal is that maybe some artists undersell themselves.