VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It happens almost every time a big name artist comes to town.
Many P!nk fans hoping to catch her Vancouver show on May 12th are complaining about not being able to buy tickets at face value when they went on sale this morning.
Many took to social media with messages about missing out, and re-sale prices topping $1,000 dollars per ticket.
@Pink scalpers got all your tickets in Vancouver! 4 min after opening scalpers charging $1250 please have a 2nd date! Even presale sold out!
— Rose (@radrain3) October 13, 2017
Local broker Kingsley Bailey blames concert promoters.
“Anywhere from 30 to 50 per cent of the tickets are only available for on-sale. Then, of course they can be snapped up in half an hour –ten minutes– and that’s what’s happening right now. ”
However, promoters of the Beautiful Trauma tour are suggesting all the best seats were snapped up because there’s ‘high demand.’
But, Bailey says the quickest fix is legislation aimed at keeping promoters from with-holding large blocks of seats.
“Then, we get to really see how much money the promoter’s really making and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now is nobody knows what’s going on. When everybody knows, then we can have a better idea why the shows are selling out so quickly.”
— Camelia Mezo (@CamiMezo) October 13, 2017
Bailey adds he’d like to see more transparency. “We need the promoter to exactly say exactly the percentage of tickets that are available to the general public.”
Before he left office, former President Barack Obama approved a ban on so-called bots across the US. In June, Ontario introduced rules which include limits on re-sales.
Similar changes are expected from the new NDP government in BC, but it’s not clear what will be done and how quickly it will happen.