Fans Want Fairness - Michigan Ticket Fairness

Fans Want Fairness

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Michigan Ticket Fairness founding member, Dan Horning, recently published an opinion piece on MLive.com talking about Michigan's outdated anti-scalping law. 

Like we did with the recent CapCon piece on ticket fairness, let's take a deeper dive into some of the fan-submitted comments on the one.

First up, we have Dennis who perfectly illustrates the double standard of restricting ticket resales for select types of personal property.

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When you think about it, what really is the difference between reselling your home, or a car or even a boat, compared to reselling a ticket? People flip houses all the time, heck, HGTV has made a television empire off of it.

To say that one type of resale is OK while another is not, is a clear example of state government overstepping its boundaries. 

Next up, mmm_donuts makes a solid, free market argument against regulation. 

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Capitalism (*ahem, what America was founded on*), is a self-limiting practice. Free market forces of supply and demand control everything, and, if someone charges too much for tickets, they could find themselves in a whole of sunken cost when they don't find a buyer.

Irving Babbitt chimed in with a commonly felt sentiment about this issue, that many laws are "selectively enforced." 

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At MTF, we hear this all the time. People think that it's much easier to simply avoid the law than to take the time to eliminate it. And while sometimes during the fight for ticket fairness, the easy way out seems attractive, we know that with this law still on the books, big ticket companies will continue to take fans for all their worth.

Instead of hoping the law is never enforced, there's a pretty simple solution: eliminating the law altogether.

seattleroar - we're happy to say that a recent amendment to HB 4015 explicitly targets "bot" scalping operations. 

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There are absolutely other tweaks that can be made to the sports and entertainment ticket industry - like eliminating "convenience" and "traffic control" fees as well as restricted ticketing.

RationalObserver is being pretty rational here - we're willing to bet that tons of people have either given or received tickets to a game, show or concert as a gift.

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The practice that Ticketmaster uses to prevent this is called "restricted ticketing," and it's becoming increasingly popular for venues and ticket companies alike. And why not - it allows them to capture a previously "uncatchable" revenue stream: secondary resales.

Oh, and because Ticketmaster is often a venue's "authorized resale partner," they're allowed to resell tickets at a price higher than face value - but don't worry, Michiganders still risk jail time if they try to do the same.

Fans shouldn't have to put up with this anymore. Tell your legislator to #StandwithFans before this gets even further out of hand.

 

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