New York introduces harsher penalties for online ticket scalping

By midian182 ยท 6 replies
Nov 30, 2016
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  1. Ticket scalping today is a lot easier than it was years ago, thanks to the internet and the use of bots. They’re able to start buying tickets at the exact time of release and can circumvent the purchase limits that sites place on customers. The scalper then sells the tickets at a hugely inflated price, knowing people will be willing to pay when it’s the only way of seeing a concert or event that’s sold out.

    The problem is especially severe in New York, where scalped tickets for popular Broadway shows can go for thousands of dollars. To fight back against the practice, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will bring more severe punishments to individuals who use bots.

    “These unscrupulous speculators and their underhanded tactics have manipulated the marketplace and often leave New Yorkers and visitors alike with little choice but to buy tickets on the secondary market at an exorbitant mark-up,” Cuomo said in a statement.

    “It’s predatory, it’s wrong and, with this legislation, we are taking an important step towards restoring fairness and equity back to this multi-billion dollar industry.”

    Using ticket bot software was already illegal, but the new bill makes it a Class A misdemeanor that could result in a fine of up to $1000 and a year behind bars. Additionally, it expands the definition of ticket bot to include a wide variety of systems that can amass tickets before the general public can access them.

    The final part of the new law makes it illegal to resell tickets that were obtained through the use of a bot, even if they’re sold at face value.

    A New York Times report found that scalpers made $15.5 million from the 100 performances of hit Broadway show Hamilton earlier this year. At one point the $189 tickets were selling for an average of $10,900 on the secondary market.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,326   +1,974

    You know, penalties for ANYTHING done illegally over the web should be in line with the same penalties for interstate commerce. Reports of the mob being heavily invested in internet crime make it the new frontier for RICO and other laws. The trick will be for the Fed to find new and better ways to fight it without infringing on the everyday citizens rights.
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    $190 for a legit lousy concert ticket??? I would baulk at paying $1.90... and that's for the box seats. Not that the show "Hamilton" would remotely interest me, the only "Hamilton" that I'd be interested in would be Lewis Hamilton, and I'm not his biggest fan either.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2016
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    You need to find some better musicians/bands. Now, for 10k...that person/group had better be unparalleled. God-like.

    Or the 10k has to amount to pocket lint.
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  5. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 747   +357

    For $10k/nose-bleed seat I expect Prince, David Bowie, Queen, The Beatles, Tupac, Nirvana, and Jimi Hendrix all in their prime and sharing the same stage.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I would've paid good money money to see some of them but nothing close to $190.
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,301   +429

    I don't know why scalping is illegal

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