FTC to Hold Workshop Examining Online Event Ticket Sale - Agency Seeks Input in Advance of March 2019 Workshop; Project No. P18450 #06695

Submission Number:
06695
Commenter:
Carl Szabo
Organization:
NetChoice
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
FTC to Hold Workshop Examining Online Event Ticket Sale - Agency Seeks Input in Advance of March 2019 Workshop; Project No. P18450
NetChoice submits this response regarding the Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC") request for comments on the online event-ticket marketplace, FTC to Hold Workshop Examining Online Event Ticket Sale - Agency Seeks Input in Advance of March 2019 Workshop; Project No. P18450. The ecosystem surrounding the sale and use of event tickets is more complex than most know. With a majority of tickets held-back from public sale for many events, and one company controlling a majority of primary tickets issued, the event ticket world is an area that the FTC can and should engage to ensure transparency, choice, and competition for all. The advent of online secondary ticket sales has made ticket purchases safer and more reliable. Consumers can now see and compare prices and availability with the click of a button. And the leading secondary ticket sellers have buyer protection programs to protect against fraud. Nonetheless, we have seen efforts from unscrupulous actors to mislead consumers via deceptive website domains. We have also seen efforts to remove choice and competition in the secondary market by restricting ticket transferability. Now is the time for the FTC to use its investigative and Section 5 authority to protect consumers when buying event tickets. Please see attached filing.