McBusted fans seething as tickets sell out in minutes... and appear on reselling sites seconds later at three times the price
- Primary tickets sold out in minutes before going on resale moments later
- £35 tickets resold upwards of £100
Fans desperate to see pop rock supergroup McBusted face paying several times the going rate after tickets for next year's shows were listed on 'secondary' ticket sites only minutes after official channels sold out.
Tickets for McBusted, the collaboration between pop rock bands McFly and Busted, went on sale at 9am this morning but almost completely sold out within minutes. Prices ranged from £35 to 42.50 for the 19 shows across UK cities in April and May next year.
Hundreds of tickets were listed on 'secondary' ticketing websites Getmein, Viagogo and Stubhub almost immediately at often three times their face value. Resale prices started at about £80 with some sellers asking for as much as £250.
McTouted: Tickets for the tour by pop rock supergroup McBusted sold out in minutes - but tickets on resale appear moments later.
Secondary tickets sites provide a forum where holders of event tickets can sell them to other fans. They allow sellers to alter the price higher or lower to get the maximum they can.
The sites have faced accusations that they enable ticket touts to operate but have denied the charge, insisting that sellers are genuine fans who need to offload tickets because they cannot make use of them.
The resale of tickets at such huge mark ups infuriated fans who were unable to grab theirs through the official primary seller, Ticketmaster.
Fans of Busted and McFly were angry that tickets were being sold for big profits.
A spokesman for Ticketmaster said it limited sales to six per person and per credit card. Ticketmaster terms also give the seller the right to cancel orders if duplicate orders are made using the same billing address.
Nonetheless, an individual buying six tickets at £35.00 and selling at the lower end of resale prices around £80 would still more than double their money - buying for £210, selling for £480 and making £270 profit.
Ticketmaster owns one of the reselling sites, Getmein, and buyers who are unsuccessful in buying primary tickets are ushered towards the secondary site.
Viagogo: Tickets appeared in minutes at several times the cover price.
A Ticketmaster/Getmein spokesman said: 'Fans sometimes need to resell tickets to events and Ticketmaster offers a safe and secure marketplace for this to take place.
'Much like other online marketplaces, the listing, pricing and dispatch of tickets are all done by the seller – the tickets are not Ticketmaster inventory and we do not set the price level.'
'We have a series of automatic and manual checks in place, a benefit of having a primary site and secondary is that we can track orders to ensure we are doing all we can to put tickets into the hands of genuine fans. We manually look at our orders and make sure that no one has abused the ticket limit, for example. Anyone that we catch doing that has any orders over the 6 limit cancelled.'
Ticketmaster/Getmein said that every week, 15,000 suspicious IP addresses were blocked from its sites across the world where it is found they have been used to make suspicious purchases.
Getmein: Hundreds of tickets were being sold be reselling sites which claim they are not home to touts.
A Viagogo spokesman said: 'We allow anyone to sell on our marketplace as long as the tickets are genuine and are delivered in time for the event. Viagogo monitors every transaction and we block sellers that may be unable to provide the tickets they are offering for sale.'
Viagogo did not say if it monitors seller details to sniff out touts, for example if the same IP address, bank details of billing address is used frequently or for tickets in multiple venues.
Secondary ticket site StubHub was approached for comment but did not respond.
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