The issue of ticketing and ticket touting seems a "current issue" for legislators in various parts of the world these days. The UK Government is presently undertaking a consulation which closes in early May of this year and consumers are invited to provide input as well as those in the industry and other interested parties:
http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_lib ... /5884.aspx
I believe that "consumers" means you and me, so anyone wanting to express a view can do so and there is an online questionnaire to complete using the link above.
The last select committee report seemed to come to the conclusion that the secondary market and re-selling was not such a bad thing and came down on the side of legislative intervention being inappropriate whilst encouraging a tightening up of industry practices by voluntary code. That seems to be the way things are drifting here, but maybe if enough direct consumer evidence were made available of the extent of the problem the position might be different.
Rather than bellyaching here, people might consider re-directing their bad experiences to the appropriate bodies able to do something about it. Recent news items I've read on here suggest similar enquiries are going on in the US too.
Here is a link to the 2007 select committee report for anyone with a bit of time to spare:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/p ... /20202.htm
I would go so far as to suggest that a public statement clearly stating that Leonard & his management declined the opportunity to take part in these shenanigans and condemn the practices would be a good idea too. The more publicity there is on this issue, the more artists join Leonard and Bruce Springsteen in making a stand, the more pressure will be brought to bear on the profiteers from both public, artists and media alike.
colombo wrote:I echo the above sentiments that laud Mr. Cohen and his management for no longer participating in the TicketExchange/TicketMaster Marketplace/Platinum Seating mechanism whereby tickets were routed directly to the secondary market. Kudos.
However, this *conveniently* overlooks the fact that he WAS participating at the inception of the onsales for these North American shows.
For the Oakland, CA shows, close to 150 pairs of tickets were available through this secondary marketplace directly on Ticketmaster's website. They were taken down incrementally beginning Tuesday 3/10 and are in fact no longer available for either Oakland show.
However, you can still see the "Platinum Seat" designation on the main event page. If you click through, you will be told that no seats are currently available.
As far as I can see, these seats have not been returned to the publicly available primary inventory, either at face value or through the VIP ticketing.
Perhaps they will be trickled into the box office inventory over the next few days and weeks leading up to the show. We shall see.
Again, kudos to Mr. Cohen and his management for publicly decrying these abusive sales practices.
Kudos to everyone on these boards for speaking up and making their voices heard.
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