While not directly Tool related, here’s an interesting article regarding the legality of scalping in Australia, and what governments, Ebay and sporting bodies are (and aren’t) doing to combat it.
Personally I think the easiest answer is to limit the amount of ticket sales. Nothing will ever stop people reselling tickets for a profit, but if you limit the amount people can obtain, then you can at least give more people tha chance to get them at face value in the first place.
I guess one problem with trying to more closely monitor ticket sales is that ticket prices will rise. Whether justified or not, ticket companies will probably feel the need to increase the price to cover the costs of any protection they would need to put in place.
I can’t see how putting a limit on the amount of tickets that 1 person can purchase would justify a price increase. I couldn’t believe that the you could purchase an unlimited amount of tickets for this Tool tour – that’s crazy. Every other concert I’ve been to (quite a few), there’s always a limit. Pearl Jam comes to mind – don’t know what it was this tour – but previous tours the limit was 4. I think that’s fair enough. The other thing they could do is make the person buying the tickets specify a person’s name for each… Read more »
i disagree i think that putting peoples names of the tickets is annoying and time wasting.
some people actually need to sell their tickets and shows are always going to sell out so they should be left blank
the only effective way to prevent scalping is to sell the tickets in lots up until a little before the show.
Either that or get someone to crack the ebay site and direct all their funds to my bank account… As well as shutting the place down. I like ebay, for the most part, but I’d still be happy to see it go.
I gave the new Isis a proper listen today and must refute the past and say it’s quite a decent fucking album. You can hear Tool influences, and Aaron is actually singing which is good. It;s quite embarassing really that this album is better than 10,000 Days.
FIRSTLY this is a bit of the topic but does anyone have any idea if Tool usually play H. in their shows, because I have seen some set lists in Europe and they never play it…. I need to see this song live…. OH AND SAVE EBAY… dont get rid of it Like they said they should be a little room for a free market, if there was nothing like ebay( I know everyone hates it but me…) then thats it… if you miss out you miss out… I hate that… if you cant be bothered lining up then pay… Read more »
There needs to be some sort of middle ground with it.
I’ve sold tickets to gigs on eBay after I had scheduling conflicts and no one I know could take the tickets..but I also made the buyout price only $50 higher than the ticket price. I think there should be some regulation where you can’t charge more than 50$ more of thge face value or something.
One of the problems is that there isn’t a clear avenue for selling unwanted tickets (except for Ebay). If you did set an upper limit to things on Ebay, then it defeats the purpose of the site, and also makes it a little harder to determine who is the highest bidder.
In regards to Tool playing H. I know they played it on the Lateralus tour, but I can’t remember seeing it on any of the set lists from the 10,000 Days tour.
I think that the practise should be made illegal, it just screws over legitimate fans. I’m fine with eBay being used as a reselling point for those who have unwanted tickets, but I believe that they should only be allowed to be passed on at cost price.
^I couldn’t agree more!
Yes, eBay is good for many things but tickets should not be sold at insane prices…
I understand the principles of supply and demand but buying lots of tickets just to make a profit via eBay seems wrong to me…
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i hate the idea of names on tickets, as mentioned already some people have legitmate reasons for selling tickets.
i do agree that reselling on ebay should be ruled to be cost price only. i sold two ticks last year due to a friend getting much better seats for us at a later sale, but i sold them on ‘buy now’ at cost price.
Names on tickets would have screwed me over several times. Previously I’ve had to order with my parents CCs to get tickets, as I had no credit card of my own. Now I have a VISA Debit card so thats no longer a problem for me, but I can understand how it can be a problem for others. Especially those underage. In slightly related news, Cricket Australia cancelled over 1000 tickets which were sold on eBay for the upcoming Ashes tour. Its good to see that there are steps being taken now to prevent and limit scalping, though they are… Read more »
thanks Hellboy for the H. info… I hope they play it:)
some people are mentioning that there is no other avenue other than ebay to get rid of unwanted tickets. one option may be that ticket companies offer to buy back unwanted tickets at their face value?
I think that’s one thing that really should happen, and would go a long way towards combatting scalpers.