Cyber Bots Target Holiday Toys
“Bots”, the high-speed technology usually employed to purchase mass amounts of tickets for the purpose of inflated resale, are now being used to buy up the most popular toys as we approach the gift-giving season, says the NY Daily News. After complaints of impossibly fast sellouts to popular concerts... Read more
Alberta Aims at Ticket Resale Reform, Banning of “Bots”
Following in the footsteps of Ontario, the Canadian province of Alberta has announced legislation aimed at restricting the resale of tickets, according to multiple news sources. The restrictions are far less comprehensive than more populous Ontario, due to the western provinces’ consideration of itself as a smaller market, according... Read more
Opinion: Peering Behind the Propaganda at Why “Verified Fan” Exists
by Sam Pocker, Special to TicketNews I wanted to take a moment to explain Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” program as succinctly as possible both to journalists who continue to disseminate the propaganda surrounding it as well as to consumers, managers, and brokers so that each may have a better understanding... Read more
Opinion: Legislation Against Resale Causes More Problems Than It Solves
by Marni Soupcoff This post originally appeared on CBC.ca’s opinion section. In a recent interview with the Toronto Star, Ontario New Democrat MPP Jennifer French articulated the attitude that spawned new Ontario anti-resale legislation banning ticket bots: “Ontarians want fair and affordable access to entertainment,” she said, “so the... Read more
“Bot” Scare Causes Ticketing Shift for Portland Evanescence Show
Concerns about unusual purchasing activity related to ticket bots caused the venue of an upcoming Evanescence show to take an unusual step: All orders outside a radius of 90 miles from the venue were switched to local pickup-only AFTER they were sent out. Stephanie Viegas Dias, Director of Ticket... Read more
Ontario AG Naqvi Floats New Rules to Battle Scalping, Bots
After announcing late last week that a survey indicated broad support for reforms in the ticket industry, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi proposed legislation that would outlaw the use of “bots” on Monday, but offered little detail as to the specifics of the legislation. According to a story by... Read more
Ontario to Examine Ticket Sale Reforms, Bot Ban
After a period of public comment found widespread support for more transparent sales and a ban against automated ticket purchasing “Bots,” Ontario will be examining reforms to ticket selling legislation, according to The Canadian Press. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi sought public feedback on the ticketing world, due in... Read more
Rapid Sellout Points to Speculative McCartney, Syracuse Fans Rather Than Brokers
It’s a familiar story to anyone following the ticket industry. Popular act books show. Fans get super excited to see that show. Tickets go on sale – and lots of fans don’t get tickets. Chorus of anger rises, with blame going towards the secondary market. In this most recent... Read more
The Price Fans Pay for the War on Ticket Bots
by Romy Oltusky Mounting tensions between artists, policy makers, and ticket brokers made news earlier this year when Eric Church voided a whopping 25,000 tickets to his Holdin’ My Own tour that the singer’s team identified as having been purchased by scalpers or bots. “The cancellations were to crack down... Read more