The Mayor of Sarnia sent a letter to the Ontario government this week, asking bureaucrats to prevent online ticket brokers to stop dramatically increasing prices to concerts and sporting events. This in response to the high price of tickets for a Bruce Springsteen concert in Toronto next year.
He wants consumer affairs minister David Orazietti to introduce controls to reign in out-of-control prices. He has no problem with businesses making a profit, but he says the current model has moved from profit to ‘gouging’.
Bradley is fighting on behalf of everybody else, those who are tired of being gouged.
Here are changes he’d like to make:
- Banning an operator’s agent from selling or conveying tickets to any secondary ticket reseller owned or controlled by the operator’s agent.
- Banning the use of “automated ticket purchasing software.”
- Making “ticket speculation” a crime.
Should we take things one step further and make it illegal for somebody to buy a ticket and then turn around to sell it to somebody else for profit?
Should a ticket only be good for the person who bought it the first time around? Would that keep ticket prices down?