Ticket Scalping is Getting Out of Control. What’s the Law in Idaho?
If you've ever tried to buy tickets online to a really hot event, you know how quickly it sells out.
After 15 or 20 minutes (maybe less) you'll see a message that says, "your event has sold out," or "only single tickets remain."
Ticket resellers snatch up the tickets quickly, and post them online a few minutes later for double, triple, and sometimes ten times the original price. Is this fair? What is Idaho doing about it?
There is no law in Idaho against reselling tickets. And there's no federal law banning it. It's up to individual cities most of the time, and they can pass ordinances to stop scalping on public sidewalks and parks, and in front of venues. But people get around that by putting ads in the newspaper and selling tickets on Craigslist.
Thinking about the big picture, ticket reselling is big business. I've even heard some of the big resellers have special software that allows them to speed up the process of securing tickets, and allows them to snatch them all up before average fans like you and me have a chance to buy any. Is this fair? Not only to fans, but to the artists?
Adele is one artist that's really annoyed by ticket scalpers, and she's spoken out against it. She's one of the hardest-hit artists too. I just read that tickets to her sold out tour are selling on resale sites for up to $35,000. Hello! That's insane.
We'll keep an eye on the law in Idaho and let you know if anything changes. If you have ideas about how to fix the issue, write your Congressman!