The propaganda has surfaced a full 12 months in advance to alert the public to buy tickets from “The Cartel”. The meaning of this particular cartel is a formal “agreement” of producers and manufacturers that agree to “fix” prices, marketing, and production.
The Ryder Cup organisers are warning that ticket agencies may already be targeting next year’s major golfing clash between Europe and America in Gleneagles by selling “illicit” corporate deals which will not allow golf fans access to the course. The warning came as the organisers of one of the world’s biggest sporting events launched their corporate hospitality packages. Official hospitality packages that provide access to the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel, will only be contracted directly with Ryder Cup Europe. Packages sold through Ryder Cup Europe only will include match tickets and be located within the venue.
The Committee express that prices compare well to other ‘big ticket’ events in the UK. We all saw how well The Olympic fiasco worked!! The last time it was held in the UK, the beautiful English weather made a lasting impression on how to ruin the final day. People with tickets being shepherded to all parts of Wales. (Scotland’s weather is not that much of an improvement!!!).
For everyone involved, bring your wellies and tin hats.
Following the death of Door’s co-founder Ray Manzarek, in Germany aged 74, the death has also been announced of Trevor Bolder, bassist in David Bowie’s 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars. Both men were in the background of both Bands but they came to the forefront when the music was put together. Manzarek formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
They sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and Manzarek became one of the best-known keyboard players of his era, with his interpretation on tracks like Riders on the Storm and Light my Fire. In his latter years, Manzarek played in other bands and, in 1998, wrote a best-selling memoir, Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors. The death of Jim Morrison, who died of heart failure in a bath in Paris, effectively spelled the end for the band, although Chicago-born Manzarek stepped up to the mic to take on the singing.
Trevor Bolder on the other hand was not so much in the headlines, playing Bass Guitar for David Bowie. He met with guitarist Mick Ronson in 1970 after meeting on the local music scene. They both joined Bowie in 1971 to play on his fourth album, Hunky Dory, along with drummer Woody Woodmansey. This paved the way for 1972′s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which launched Bowie and his backing band into international stardom. When Bowie separated from the Spiders From Mars and moved to the US, Bolder went on to join Uriah Heep, only stopping playing with them a few months ago due to poor health.
When two members of “The Rock n Roll” Family pass away, the phrase there aren’t many left like them comes to mind.
ASTA (the Association for Secondary Ticket Agents) has reason to believe that on Friday 14th December the BBC will be running news stories about the practices employed by certain individuals involved in the reselling of tickets.
ASTA would like to make it clear that the practice of “harvesting” (using technology to buy up multiple tickets and then resell them), employed by these individuals, is not one that it condones. The individuals involved in this news report are not ASTA members and no ASTA member would engage in this practice.
Graham Burns, Chairman of ASTA commented:
“Harvesting is both illegal and clearly against the ASTA code of conduct. This practice clearly disadvantages the consumer and unfairly drives up prices. We are pleased to see that individuals involved in this practice are rightly called to account and hope that the public does not confuse these individuals with legitimate ticket brokers.”
Great News! Or is it?
A quick look at the official schedule shows that if you take just the first three groups – Athletics, Archery and Basketball – there are over one hundred events. In the games as a whole there are a thousand events, so although it sounds like a grand number it translates into THREE tickets per event!
This really is a smokescreen, where were the tickets for? What categories were they and more importantly, was the official resale website up to the task of coping with this additional demand on it’s resources?
It’s such a shame that the issue of the empty seats is in danger of overshadowing the London Olympics. But it’s an issue that we believe could have easily been avoided.
We believe that an active, vibrant, but regulated secondary market would have resolved a number of these issues and seen more of the British public in the venues enjoying the Games.
The secondary market is good for events like the Olympics, good for sponsors and most of all good for the public that want to watch the action. It is not a negative or illegal market as has been falsely portrayed by the Metropolitan Police.
Here’s a press release that we sent out today about this:
Empty Olympics Seats not helped by information from Metropolitan Police
Atmosphere of fear around ticket resale part of the problem, claims ASTA
London, 31st July, 2012: The biggest issue of the Olympics is currently the number of empty seats at the venues, yet this is a problem that has partly arisen thanks to the culture of fear of the resale of tickets that has been created by the Metropolitan Police.
Corporate sponsors and foreign Olympic delegations are being blamed for not filling the seats, but one issue that has gone unreported is the lack of the secondary ticket market for the Olympics – a market that is thriving for other events.
Unauthorised touting of tickets is of course illegal, yet there are authorised channels available to holders of any Olympic ticket that would see these tickets being used by the British public desperate to see the games.
Nick Downing of the Metropolitan Police Operation Podium has been quoted widely as saying “Ticket Touting is illegal in the UK”. ASTA believes that these statements have created a culture of fear about the whole of the secondary market that has dissuaded many people from trying to legitimately resell their tickets.
“The Metropolitan Police is taking a very aggressive stance against touts, but this is creating an atmosphere of fear around the whole issues reselling of tickets. We believe that even major sponsors are afraid to pass on tickets,” said Graham Burns, Chairman of The Association of Secondary Ticket Agents (ASTA – www.asta-uk.org). “This is hurting the British consumer who should be able to legitimately buy these tickets.”
For the Olympic Games, unauthorised reselling of tickets is illegal, yet holders of tickets can resell them through legitimate channels, including the official Olympic website (http://www.tickets.london2012.com/about_tickets_p2.html#4). Unfortunately, this resale feature on the ticketing website has been widely criticised, further exacerbating the problem.
“We are disappointed that the lack of secondary market has so far hurt the public at these Games. We also believe that a lack of a secondary market, if this approach is repeated at other events, may reduce the likelihood of major sponsorship at other events,” continued Burns. “Nearly all sponsors use the secondary market for unused tickets as a way to both ensure the tickets get used and to create a return for those unused tickets. Without being able to create that return many sponsors may look again at their budgets.”
“We wholeheartedly agree with the arrests that have been made of illegal touts, but equally we wholeheartedly disagree with the condemnation of the entire secondary market.”
“There has been a call for a change in the UK Ticket Laws, and we support this, with a Code of Practice introduced and adhered to. However, we need to make sure that the consumer is at the heart of this, which hasn’t happened so far with the Olympic tickets.”
The Association of Secondary Ticket Agents is a national organisation. The Association was established in October 2005 and our Constitution was ratified in January 2006 and represents companies engaged in the selling of tickets to entertainment and sporting events.
The Association is a credible, highly visible presence in the Secondary Ticket Industry. We are engaged in dialogue with key agencies in this sector and are developing these links in order to provide customer satisfaction and membership integrity.
The Members of ASTA subscribe to a Code of Practice which we hope will conform to the Consumer Code Approval Scheme criteria.
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Just last week I read the ramblings of some misguided poster on the respected Money Saving Expert website berating some poor soul for buying tickets from a Secondary Ticket Agent. His point was it was the Money Saving Forum and how could you recommend a Secondary Agent “they all charge too much”. So, when did this “expert” last look at the cost of tickets on the Secondary Market? Our guess is never. It is a well known fact that near 40% of ALL tickets sold on the Secondary Market are BELOW face value!! Why is this?
Well, it is simple economics really – supply and demand. When demand goes down, the price falls. Take this years V Festival as a for instance. A well known Primary Agent was spouting a volume of vitriol earlier this year because Secondary agents were selling tickets below face value – “It can’t be true! It’s a scam!” Why? Because the the tickets were fifty pounds cheaper on the Secondary Market and all of the “Official” sellers were stuck with them at face value – Welcome to the Ticket Industry!
If a Primary seller, let’s take Ticketmaster as an example, was selling tickets for £100 one week and then one week later selling the same ticket for £50 what do you think happens? Because in the Secondary Markets we know. Suddenly the person who paid £100 has a prior appointment and wants a refund – so they can then buy the ticket at £50 – it is human nature!! Nobody wants a half empty Arena so they need to sell the tickets, if they can’t sell on the Primary Platforms it is the Secondary Market that is tasked with getting rid of them – for the best price.
So the tickets end up on the Secondary Market, below face value, DUH!!!