More than 90% of British Columbians want public officials to crackdown on scalpers using computer bots to snatch up concert tickets.
That’s according to the latest poll from Insights West.
Tragically Hip fans were outraged after pre-sale tickets to the band’s farewell tour were sold out in minutes, only to appear at a massive markup on resale sites.
Now, a new Insights West poll says 94% of British Columbians would support fines or jail time for scalpers who are caught using computer programs to purchase tickets.
The poll also found 35% of concertgoers in B.C. and Alberta have been unable to buy tickets from a primary ticket outlet.
25% say they bought a ticket through a secondary ticket seller, like Stub Hub.
Spokesperson Mario Canseco says concertgoers are showing their frustration when they lose out to a machine, and have to pay more than they should to attend a performance.
The survey points out that, in the U.S., New York is considering legislation that would contemplate severe fines or jail time for scalpers who are caught using computer “bots.”