The UK recently got a new body to campaign in support of secondary ticketing: the Fair Ticketing Alliance. It’s thus in direct opposition to the FanFair Alliance, which campaigns against what it sees as abusive practices in the secondary market.
Now one of the FTA’s co-founders, Scot Tobias of secondary service Worldwide Tickets, has been defending the market he operates in.
“The explosion of the secondary market in the last two years has caused a lot of this backlash and kneejerk reaction. But the bottom line is that the public enjoys and loves the secondary market,” he told Billboard.
“They love the convenience. They love the availability. They love the true valuation of the tickets. And as brokers, we want to participate in the markets fairly… An open market is a healthy market, just like the stock market.”
One interesting point from the interview: Tobias’ admission that he has “basically closed my operation in the UK” due to uncertainties around the legalities of secondary ticketing, as well as the fact that one secondary platform, Viagogo, remains in dispute with the authorities.
“I have done business in the past with Viagogo and I would love to do business with them again in the future, as would a lot of sellers in our alliance, because they move a lot of tickets. We just want to figure out how we can do it safely and without being in violation of UK law…”