Are new ticket reselling rules working?
It's been a year since the Quebec government adopted a law forbidding the resale of tickets by vendors for more than the original price. It was a bid to help protect consumers.
But some are wondering if it's actually working.
A local ticket reseller, who spoke on condition of anonymity, tells CJAD 800 News that while they've taken a financial hit since Bill 25 was passed, the impact is also being felt by consumers who are seeking alternatives that have led to more counterfeit tickets, citing the case of British boy band One Direction when they were in Montreal.
Quebec's Consumer Protection Office would not confirm a La Presse report that it's investigating hundreds of suspect transactions in Quebec City, notably for recent Madonna and Celine Dion concerts.
The report cites a source wondering how tickets for a sold out concert for a popular Quebec singer were resold on a website and under 10 different names.
Jason Berger of the National Association of Ticket Brokers said the law is counterproductive.
"If it were continue to be regulated and not allow consumers to purchase tickets, I think it's just going to drive consumers underground to purchase tickets from Craigslist and from states, in other states and other districts," Berger told CJAD 800 News.
"I think in the long run, it's going to drive prices up and it's going to put consumers at a disadvantage," Berger said.
"And you're really going to limit the choices that a consumer has of where they can find the products they're looking for, the tickets they're looking for."
Internet ticket resellers recently lost a court battle against the law. Companies argue their main competitors are their U.S. counterparts who can sell tickets at more than face value and are not hamstrung by similar laws, adding they provide a legitimate service reselling tickets, even at a higher price, when companies and consumers are looking for hard-to-get tickets.
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