We have power to end inflated ticket prices
How Ticketmaster’s resale unit helps scalpers scoop up tickets, Sept. 19
Last summer I wanted to take five family members to a Blue Jay game in Toronto. I tried going through the box office, but was immediately transferred to a ticket agency. I then tried to contact the box office by phone and again referred to a ticket agency. I ended up buying online from the agency.
Each ticket had a face value of $27. I ended up paying $65 a ticket including taxes, fees and service charges — not to mention the tickets, for some reason, were all in U.S. funds. I only went through with it because I had promised my family I would get tickets.
The sad truth is that there are only two ways to get tickets to a concert or sporting event in Ontario — have corporate ones given to you by a friend or relative that can’t use them, or you can get ripped off by ticket agencies.
Mike Benson, Brampton
I wonder why no one puts some of the blame of this odious practice on the consumers. If the public would sacrifice and not attend a concert or sporting event by refusing to pay these grossly inflated prices, some sanity might return to the market. Consumers have a weapon — it’s called a boycott.
Michelle Guilmette, Toronto