FTC to Hold Workshop Examining Online Event Ticket Sale - Agency Seeks Input in Advance of March 2019 Workshop; Project No. P18450 #06662

Submission Number:
06662
Commenter:
Josh LaBelle
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
FTC to Hold Workshop Examining Online Event Ticket Sale - Agency Seeks Input in Advance of March 2019 Workshop; Project No. P18450
Dear FTC, Thank you for looking at online event ticket sales. We remain extremely concerned about the flagrant uses of BOT's by people/businesses engaged in the reselling market. While it is illegal to use BOT's, it has proven to be very difficult for law enforcement to catch and prosecute such crimes on a regular basis (at least in WA State). The end effect of this, results in difficulties in consumers being able to purchase tickets directly from the venue at the intended ticket price. It ultimately makes it more difficult for families to enjoy arts and cultural events. As a venue owner/operator, I think we should be able to control whether or not reselling our tickets is legal, and at what upcharges (no more than 10%). Thank you!