Stop Ticket Scalping in Australia

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The Law – part one

If you haven’t already downloaded an electronic (online) copy of the following “Consumers and the Ticket Market – Ticket Onselling in the Australian Market – the Final Report 2010“, you should do so, before it is taken off-line.   It is available as a PDF file (readable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader programme, which you can download from here), at the following link.

It was produced by the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council.  The Executive Summary states that ticket onselling itself (not neccesarily ticket scalping or selling tickets above their purchase price) does not cause significant “consumer detriment”, whatever that means.  It says this is often the result of “market forces” when high demand exceeds limited supply, and this is progressed by the fact that some people purchase at least 3 tickets at once, and by the fact that we now have the ( brave new world) of digital / online / internet on-selling.

The response of Stop Ticket Scalping in Australia to the opinion above is outlined in the second post of this Blog, titled “It’s not Just Economics“.

The Report and many people, economists and ordinary Jane Does or Jo Bloggs, say that ticket onselling as a secondary market (i.e. second after the original authorised ticketing outlet) has the advantage of making desirable tickets available to punters some time after when the tickets first go on sale.

The response of Stop Ticket Scalping in Australia to the above is why doesn’t the Ticket Vendor have a staggered release of the tickets, so they are not all sold out within a few minutes or a few hours of their one time release?

Of course, we know, it is also the “consumer’s” (aka human being’s) responsibility to be aware when tickets are being released, in order to try to buy the ticket(s) they want before they sell out.   However, the issues should not be side-lined, or muddied.   The issue of this Blog is crystal clear – that Ticket Scalping should actually be out-lawed throughout Australia.  This Blog is not primarily asking for ticket sellers to regulate and better enforce their terms and conditions, or for vigilantes to report such breaches.

Stop Ticket Scalping in Australia believes that an Australia wide law making ticket scalping illegal will be a huge deterrent for would be “scalpers”.  The enforcement of this law would naturally be assisted by “consumers” reporting breaches, or in other words, reporting people breaking the law.   Someone might say it is “un-Australian” to report someone just trying to make a buck, and no doubt “free-market advocates” will be totally outraged by this opinion.   However, if you saw someone stealing a car or smashing a window, i.e. breaking a law, you would report it, wouldn’t you?

Yes, there are degrees of criminal or unethical acts by human beings, and many would say that ticket scalping does not have a severity that warrants such legislation, but the law is made up after all.   We used to not have a law saying seat-belts had to be worn in cars, or a law that bicyclists have to wear crash helmets.   We don’t have a law at the moment against ticket scalping, but of course, it is possible.

Part Two follows – click on “next post” to the right under “Navigation”

OR, click    here   to go to Part Two, about the Australian Consumer Law

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This entry was posted on 28/07/2012 by in Legislation and tagged , , , .


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