IF TICKET BROKERING IS GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC, THEN WHY ARE THERE LAWS AGAINST IT IN SOME STATES, AND WHY DO THE FANS, PROMOTERS, ARTISTS AND VENUES HATE IT SO MUCH?
It’s a wonder why venues or promoters would dislike ticket brokering; after all, if it were not for Ticket Brokers, many losing events would lose even more money, as the purchases made by brokers and the free advertising received courtesy of brokers’ ads only help these smaller events. Many brokers believe that they deserve to participate in sold out events as repayment for their help on the slower events. Although brokers’ purchases are a small percentage of large shows and sellouts, they represent a much larger (and much needed) percentage of sales on slower selling shows. Most of the problem is the general ignorance and attitude toward brokers. Case in point: About 300 years ago in colonial Virginia, there was a group of people who were so reviled that their kind was outlawed in the entire colony. Not only were they not allowed to practice their trade and their beliefs, they were banished from the colony forever by decree. They were looked upon as treacherous scum who preyed upon ci