Ontario government tables legislation that would make ticket bots illegal


  • vn33

    “posting tickets on a resale site “before selling to the public” should be made illegal.”

    Especially when those tickets appears on the resale site owned by TicketMaster, before they even appear on TM itself!

  • Ontario is far from technologically competent, so I’m curious to see a) how they intend to actually ban ticket bots, most of which likely aren’t hosted within the province, much less the country and b) how they’re going to prove what is bought from a person and what isn’t.

    I have absolutely zero faith in anything that our provincial government has done or will do, and this will be no exception. It’s a half-assed attempt at combating a problem that’s outside of the province’s ability to control.

  • Shoey5

    Why not just make it that anyone who purchases tickets must be present to use them with the option when purchasing to post a different name as the primary ticket holder that must be present. That way you cover real fans, parents purchasing tickets for their kids, and people purchasing tickets as a gift.

    • Grumpel

      I was just thinking this exact thing the other day. Screw ticketmaster and Stubhub (same thing lol).

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  • Razvan Zamfir

    This should be nation-wide reform. I actually wanted to start taking my wife to events (concerts, opera, etc) more instead of dinners, but I can’t for the life of me understand how this ticket scalping is allowed. Best recent example, Coldplay tickets in August were at least 200$ / person on any resale site, including Kijiji and Craigslist and you could see the original value was 20$ ……..1000% markup?! Are you fracking kidding me?

    The worst part is, there’s a whole scam industry behind this, sometimes even with the artist involved (read plenty of tickets set aside for the artist’s “friends and family” to scalp before the show); I doubt much could change without strict penalties and fines.

    Under the new law: you want to sell your ticket? Post sale price with proof of purchase and then your asking price which shouldn’t be more than 150% of value. Anything else, get slapped with a big enough fine to discourage anyone from doing it.

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    Seems like the simplest solution would be to ban markups on ticket re-sales at all and make it mandatory that tickets have the price clearly shown on the ticket.
    If tickets can’t be re-sold above face value it would just remove the impetus for scalping at all, but it would still allow people to legitimately re-sell tickets they no longer want.

  • Khai

    Have our government heard about the free market? What’s next? Will they make sure that individual doesn’t purchase ticket to more than one event a year, cause there are also other people who may want to buy tickets?

    If agency sets the ticket price to $200 it’s fine, but when someone resells $50 ticket for $200 it’s not? No difference for the end consumer.