The owner of a Vancouver ticket broker is calling for legislation after angry fans were left empty-handed yesterday while trying to purchase tickets online to the Tragically Hip.
Kingsley Bailey with Vancouver Tour and Ticket Service says Ticketmaster diverts a large percentage of them to its sister company, Tickets Now.
“Read some other articles where it’s saying that as much as 70 percent of the tickets are diverted and not accessible to the general public. You start to realize it’s a lot of smoke and mirrors.”
Bailey says Ticketmaster has become an online scalper since Tickets Now is a hub for people to buy and resell.
He’s calling for more transparency in the industry.
”They need to be made to let the public know exactly what is the percentage of tickets that are going on sale to the general public. Then the public will know if they have a chance of getting tickets or not.”
He says companies should be transparent about how many tickets are actually up for grabs at regular price.
“The general public is being taken advantage of, so badly. They are duped into thinking that bot thing is making the changes, it’s not. There’s more to it then ticket bots and ticket brokers.”
If you’re looking to see the Tragically Hip, be prepared to shell out some cash.
A quick search on Tickets Now shows prices ranging from $219 to just under $2100, all in American dollars.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the issue earlier this week and suggested the federal government would look into it, but added the industry should be able to police itself without government intervention.