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How Restricted Tickets Hurt New England Fans

Restricted tickets used by ticket companies, event promoters, artists and sports teams eliminate consumers’ ability to give away tickets as gifts, donate them to a charity, share them with clients or colleagues, or resell them if they cannot attend an event.

 

HOW RESTRICTED TICKETS WORK

 

Restricted tickets work one of two ways:

 

No Transfers: When you buy a restricted ticket, it is tied directly to your credit card. You must present the credit card used to purchase the ticket and a matching ID to enter the event. These tickets are often nontransferable and nonrefundable.

 

Restricted Transfers: On rare occasions when restricted tickets are allowed to be transferred, it is typically limited to specific outlets owned by the primary ticket seller - thereby allowing companies like Ticketmaster to monopolize all transactions and charge consumers whatever prices and fees it chooses. Restricted tickets impact everyone from fans, to businesses that use event tickets for business development or rely on business generated from event attendance, to nonprofits that use tickets as fundraising tools.

 

WHO IS IMPACTED BY RESTRICTED TICKETS?

 

Restricted tickets impact everyone from fans, to businesses that use event tickets for business development or rely on business generated from event attendance, to nonprofits that use tickets as fundraising tools. 

 

TIME TO PROTECT TICKET OWNERSHIP RIGHTS

 

State legislatures across New England should address this growing issue to guarantee consumers have access to a fair marketplace for live event tickets, and to protect consumer choice and ticket ownership rights.


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