Just another couple of days before Ontario’s new ticketing laws come into effect–and there’s still plenty of confusion

I want a limit on the price of a limit of gas, but that’s a commodity regulated by market forces.  
  This will not end well. The vast secondary market in concert tickets just proves that face values are too low to begin with. What’s the complaint mechanism? Transparency in terms of the number of tickets actually available? Coward. Price caps will only make it cheaper for those who can already afford to buy tickets on the secondary market. Here are my objections to that:

What’s so special about the price of a concert ticket? The same supply and demand rules apply to concert tickets. Credit card front-of-the-line access. The new laws are nothing but a desperate populist move by a desperate government that was thrown out in the last election. No one talks about the shows where secondary sellers take a loss because there’s no demand. Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program has its advantages. I certainly don’t think “Dave” did. That’ll be difficult–the last time I checked, the Internet extended beyond the borders of Ontario–but it’s a fight worth having. Call the cops? Yours,
Alan C. Again, a good idea but once you study the issue, this quickly becomes murky. As of Sunday, it will be illegal to charge more than 50% more than the face value of any ticket. 911? And I know this: the rules are doomed to fail and are destined to make things worse for ticket buyers, not better. Join the band’s fan club for early access to tickets. New rules are great and stop greedy assholes like you from profiting off concert goers, I can see why edge is a terrible station when your main concern is stealing from listeners. I can tell you’re a major reseller and enjoy ripping off fans. Ontario’s new rules regarding the sale of event tickets–concerts, theatre, sports, etc.–go into effect on Sunday and truth be told, people still don’t know what’s going on. Got that now, Dave? Let me see if I can explain myself one more time. In other words, we’re able to bail on the purchase if we deem that the final price is too high, just like any other online shopping experience. The best thing to do is follow the pricing on the secondary market right up until the last 24-48 hours before a show. Where things really go off the rails is with the price cap on resold tickets. Anyone who’s ever bought anything online knows that you as you click through the screens in the purchase process, additional fees and taxes are displayed the closer you get to checkout. Witness this email from “Dave” who clearly hasn’t spent any time looking at the situation. That’s when the vast majority of purchases are made–and it’s a true reflection of what the actual market value of a ticket is. I tried to reply to Dave, but the email is fake. Who’s going to police the price of concert tickets in Ontario? The new rules will just push transactions deeper underground where there are ZERO consumer protections. Wipe ’em out, I say. Name: Dave
Email: dave.forhun4526@gmail.com
Comment: Wow, great biased article against the new ticket rules. I don’t like paying $700 to fly to see my folks in Winnipeg, a distance of 1,507 km from my home airport in Toronto. And people remember the gigs were tickets are higher than face value. Something needs to be done to protect us poor meatbags from software that can hit Ticketmaster’s system thousands of times a second. I’d love to see this kind of thing, but the industry was able to get this removed from the legislation. Dear Dave
After months and months studying the ticket selling situation, I can report with confidence that it’s terribly, terribly broken. There are plenty of ways to outfox scalpers and resellers. The guy down the street with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch? When it comes to hot shows, there are always going to be more bums than seats. It’s not clear. First, the good news: The legislation will go after people who use ticket-buying bots. Price caps do nothing to help with the issue of inventory. And they certainly didn’t create a new department to look after this situation. Whenever you have a distortion of market forces, grey and black markets are created. All-in-pricing? Poor you. Meanwhile, I regularly get price alerts about fares to Singapore, a frequent destination for me that’s 15,003 km away, that run less than $600, taxes in. The government hasn’t made it clear. It worked for the airline industry (and boy, we’re grateful for that!), but the wording of the law is poor. I invite you to read all I’ve written on the subject beginning here.
Just another couple of days before Ontario’s new ticketing laws come into effect–and there’s still plenty of confusion