The Great Ticket Scandal: Why Are Fans Having Such A Hard Time Buying Tickets For Shows?

Check out this special report from Channel 4 in the UK about a common problem affecting entertainment fans everywhere who are trying to buy show tickets at fair prices. Do you think these secondary, reselling ticketing agencies are offering a fair service or is this a fraudulently scandalous system? This short 4-part documentary piece examines the situation.

Fans queuing for hours to buy tickets get turned away empty handed while tickets for the same ‘sold out’ events appear online shortly afterwards, sometimes at astronomical prices. Channel 4 News correspondent Morland Sanders investigates the multi-million-pound world of online ticket reselling where fans desperate not to miss out on in-demand concerts, festivals and sporting events often buy their tickets. Leading ‘fan-to-fan’ ticket exchange websites say they allow ‘real fans’ to sell on tickets they can no longer use. Dispatches sent reporters undercover inside two major ‘fan-to-fan’ ticket exchange websites to investigate who is selling via their websites and why so many tickets appear at over the face value so soon after the box office sells out.

photo: Anirudh Koul

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