So at one time or another most of us have really wanted to check out a big concert or an amazing sporting event and that means going online for a ticket!
But things in the online ticket world don’t always play fair, with highly anticipated events often being sold out so fast that the only option is to buy them from ticket resellers at a bigger price tag.
The Ontario government has responded to this by reviewing the rules around buying and selling tickets online and actually gone so far as to put out a survey to seek feedback from Ontario residents about access, affordability, transparency and enforcement in regards to online ticket sales and resale sites. The survey is open to take until March 15, 2017.
The survey asks questions like:
-Have you ever had a hard time buying tickets online from Ticketmaster or through the event venue’s website?
-When you buy tickets online, how often do you get them from a ticket resale website, such as StubHub, TicketsNow, or Vivid Seats?
Ontario’s attorney general Yasir Naqvi actually promised new legislation around ticket sales noting that the current system is not fair. Noting, “that’s why the government is calling on fans across Ontario to help us change the rules so that we all have a fair shot at getting the tickets we want.”
Folks are encouraged to get involved with the survey which you can get at: https://www.ontario.ca/form/ticket-buying-and-resale-survey
The recent focus on online ticket sales and the challenges purchasers face was recently highlighted during the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour where tickets sold out in minutes.
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