Monday 5 December 2016

Ticket websites vow to crack down on tout 'rip-offs'

Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

The IRFU confirmed it would now be threatening to cancel tickets. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
The IRFU confirmed it would now be threatening to cancel tickets. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Two of Ireland's biggest internet sales sites have taken action amid mounting concern about spiralling black-market prices for major sporting and music event tickets.

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Viagogo and DoneDeal confirmed their stance as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) vowed to trace black-market tickets for Saturday's Ireland-New Zealand match and warned original ticket purchasers about selling passes at prices vastly above face value.

The IRFU confirmed it would now be threatening to cancel tickets. Tickets which originally sold for between €25 and €120 in July for the Ireland-All Blacks game fetched between €375 and €800.

DoneDeal said it would remove all ticket advertisements offered for more than 30pc above total value. It said: "The company does not support the practice of ticket touting and will do all in its power to monitor, remove and block ads where appropriate."

Another site, Viagogo, said its experience was that people who demanded "silly prices" for tickets usually didn't sell them.

Irish Independent

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