from the is-this-needed? dept
There’s been plenty of complaining about how ticket scalpers for various concerts and sporting events have been scooping up all of the tickets for events and making it more expensive for fans to get those tickets. Of course, in many cases, companies like TicketMaster and the musicians themselves are in on the deal, pretending to offer “scalped” tickets that they’re really selling themselves. With so much talk about this issue, you knew it was only a matter of time until some grandstanding politician got involved. In this case, it’s New York’s Chuck Schumer, who has introduced new legislation to try to limit ticket reselling (thanks to Eric Goldman for sending this over). It will require ticket resellers to “register” with the FTC, and then such official resellers will only be allowed to get tickets two days after the tickets go on sale.
It’s difficult to see what good this does, other than create a bigger bureaucratic mess. If you don’t think that the ticket resellers will figure out workarounds, you haven’t been paying much attention over the past few years. Besides, the very fact that Ticketmaster thinks this is a good law is a pretty damning sign that it’s not doing much to solve the problem, but is really designed to help Ticketmaster make more money.
It’s still difficult to see why these issues can’t be solved effectively without legislation. Bands can offer early tickets through fan clubs or mailing lists, or use other tools to make sure fans get tickets at lower prices. Besides, if the demand really is that high for certain tickets, what’s wrong with letting the market determine that?