Australian Court Says Putting Event Tickets On eBay Is Perfectly Legal

from the you-bought-it,-you-own-it dept

We've been noting recently way too many attempts by people or companies to retain control of their products after they've been sold. The fact that it's been allowed with digital products continues to spread into other products as well. Down in Australia, it seems the court has put a stop to one such plan, telling the organizers of a big concert series that they can not ban the sale of tickets on eBay as they had tried to do. In fact, the court ordered them to pay eBay's legal fees. It's not clear, of course, why eBay was even involved here, as it would seem like the type of dispute that would be directly between the ticketsellers and the concert organizers -- however, it looks like eBay just wanted to make it clear that it was okay to sell tickets on the site. Of course, the concert organizers could have just taken a page from other event organizers by claiming that eBay was "profiteering on the backs of the impoverished" in order to make people feel guilty enough to stop.


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    John Leghorn, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:14pm

    Only matters in America

    This is only a concern in America where diaper wearing adults (football fans) see a better seat than what they have being sold at the front gates when they get there.

    Thanks to American cry babies, this mentality has spread across the world.

    Please do us all a favor here in the states, show that we don't actually have that much influence through our crappy game of Football and all the losers that come associated with it. Please show us you ARE better than that. Thanks.

     

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    MrPaladin, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:30pm

    Free market...

    Sell the tikets at the price you think they will sell at... if someone buys them and resells for more then your obviously not pricing them right...

    either way you shouldn't care, you got paid the price you were expecting for your tickets...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:30pm

    Re: Only matters in America

    what the hell are you talking about? There are laws against ticket scalping in the US.

     

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    mbrim, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Only matters in America

    That has to be the most ridiculous comment I have ever seen. So ridiculous I almost didn't want to waste my time replying.

     

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    John Leghorn, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:35pm

    Re: Re: Only matters in America

    But you know I'm right.

     

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    Dom, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:37pm

    Good timing

    I just found out I'll be traveling overseas when Big Day Out hits Sydney...looks like I'll be eBaying my ticket, I should make a tidy profit.
    If someone is willing to pay double, triple the selling price for a sold out festival, who am I to deny them?

     

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    Jay Hammer, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re: Only matters in America

    Yes there are laws against ticket scalping, however, selling a ticket at an online auction is not scalping, as the seller is not setting the price, the market [buyer] dictates what he/she is willing to pay for the ticket.

     

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    Wizard Prang, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 2:52pm

    Here's another example...

    ...of a corporate interest trying to control the free market.

    http://tinyurl.com/ybu2bd

    While I don't like the idea of ticket scalpers, the idea that they can control something after it has been sold is asinine.

    If they really want to do something about this problem, perhaps they should start offering refunds on tickets...

     

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    DittoBox, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 3:00pm

    Re: Only matters in America

    Yes, our football is sooo bad.

    I mean, what kind of morons are we Americans when we openly riot in the streets when team X loses...

    Oh, wait, that's the other football. Across the pond.

     

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    John Leghorn, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Re: Only matters in America

    They only riot across the pond huh? I seem to remember MANY news stories of rioters in America over their football teams that WON.

    Explain that to me? The fans are so stupid and childish that they have to tear apart whole city blocks because their team won?

    Gee, you must be right. Our football is much more civil. At least the people across the pond USE THEIR FEET...

     

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    Oliver, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 3:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Only matters in America

    I don't know which moronic post of yours is more deserving of this response, but let me be the first to point out that debating the validity of "our" football versus "their" football has very little to do with the story.

     

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    William, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Re: Only matters in America

    The bad thing about scalping is that fans always lose out. They have to pay more or camp out to get tickets. But of course that is the free market at work maximizing the value of things that have high demand.

     

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    Oliver, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 3:48pm

    My Bad, Sorry!

    After re-reading the posts I noticed John wasn't the one to "start" this argument over who's football is "right".

    I'm a moron and so is DittoBox. Sorry for the confusion!

     

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    STJ, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 4:22pm

    The whole reason Ebay's involved is because they have the deepest pockets

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 18th, 2006 @ 5:02pm

    This is not a good decision

    This is good how? You might have noted that the judge called the decision "unfortunate". I think banning the reselling of tickets outright would be good for consumers and performers.

    It's not as if reselling makes tickets cheaper, performers more money or helps the underprivileged get access to events they otherwise wouldn't. It creates artificial scarcity, raises prices, locks out poorer fans, encourages fraud and puts money into the pockets of people who deserve it the least.

     

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    TechNoFear (profile), Dec 18th, 2006 @ 8:37pm

    No so clean cut...

    It is disturbing that the creator of the event (Promoter) can not set the conditions on the product they sell.

    EBAY refused to withdraw tickets when asked to by the promoter.

    This case is all about the change from 'MAY' to 'WILL'.

    If you buy a ticket from EBAY to the Big Day Out it 'may' be canceled at the gate. My feeling is, that after/because of this ruling, it is going to be 100% of tickets re-sold on EBAY will be canceled.

    As it was bought with the scalpers details (CC) the refund goes to the scalper, not the ticket holder.

    So I would be VERY wary of buying a BDO ticket from EBAY.

     

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