The Great Ticket Scandal

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A 2012 Channel 4 Dispatches undercover investigation into the ticket reselling industry. The documentary revealed that major ticket portals such as Seatwave and Viagogo attempt and succeed in giving the impression that they are merely acting as intermediaries between individuals who want to buy or sell event tickets when they are actually obtaining thousands of tickets directly from promoters and artists for resale at hugely inflated prices, the proportion of tickets being sold by normal punters is very small.

The general consumer has no opportunity to purchase these tickets at face value, instead the organisers sell big blocks of tickets directly to this new breed of super-touts. Viagogo unsuccessfully applied for a court injunction to prevent this documentary from being broadcast. When you have finished watching this expose consider watching the 2004 documentary Touts on Tour, an interesting look at the lives of the old breed of touts who stand outside sporting events buying spare tickets from punters and then selling them on for a quick profit.

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