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Secondary selling sites should be forced to disclose true ticket prices – Maurice Quinlivan TD

7 March, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Maurice Quinlivan TD, today called for secondary ticket selling sites to be forced to disclose, from the beginning, the true cost of the tickets they are reselling.

 The Limerick City TD, said:

“Today the Advertising Standards Agency in Britain banned secondary ticket resale sites from using certain misleading pricing strategies.

“This occurs where a site advertises a ticket for a base amount, but by the time a consumer has come to the end of the online purchase, the price has escalated considerably when extras such as VAT, booking fees and delivery fees are added in.

“For example, if you go to one Irish secondary reselling site today, you will find tickets for the Six Nations Ireland v Scotland match this weekend priced at €400 each, which had a face value €55 – a massive problem in itself, but by the time you are finished, VAT, booking fees and delivery fees will have inflated this price by over 20% to €485.98.

“I strongly oppose ticket touting by these secondary ticketing sites, and legislation I introduced to the Dáil last March would cap the reselling of tickets at 10% above their face value.

“Unfortunately the government chose to freeze my legislation for nine months, and when this period elapsed last month, they slapped a money message on the Bill which effectively ends its legislative journey.

“Despite extensive talk about the issue, the government have actively refused to deal with the problem of ticket touting, and consumers are continuing to get ripped off.

“Until ticket touting legislation is introduced, I am calling for action to be taken on the misleading prices used by reselling sites here.

“Today I contacted the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and asked if they are investigating this issue and if they are intending on taking similar action in this jurisdiction. "

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