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Viewpoint – Unethical ticket scalping hindering event attendance

By Brendon James/reporter

A bill in the Texas Legislature could finally give people like college students a chance to buy tickets before they are bought by companies trying to sell them at a higher price.

When tickets first go on sale, companies use intrusive technology to buy the tickets online before individuals can get the chance, so they are forced to pay high-ticket prices for activities such as performances or sporting events.

This causes some people to miss out on an event because there were not enough reasonably priced tickets for them to buy.

State Rep. Craig Goldman’s bill would limit these companies using this technology for their own gain because he got tired of the practice.

Events such as the sporting events and concerts are for people to go and have fun and to forget about the pressure of their daily lives. Money is crucial to a lot of people, and nobody should have to pay more for anything than they should.

Some people would love to see performers such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars or Coldplay perform at their concerts or to see a Dallas Cowboys game or see a friend perform in a play but cannot when a company like StubHub buys all of the tickets first and then resells them at a price higher than a lot of people can afford.

According to the Detroit Free Press, an attorney from Southfield, Mich., believes ticket scalping should be legal because supporters of this bill want to control the market and create an individualized monopoly. But if ticket scalping is still legal, then people like the attorney will be the dominant force in the market and will cause more people to spend more money than necessary.

Buying tickets at a higher price should be a last resort, not an only option. Forcing a consumer to buy a ticket at an insane price is not good business. Good business is when the two sides can come out satisfied with a deal, and in this case, only one side will be happy.

Those who support ticket scalping are being greedy and do not care about the financial struggles of any individuals. If the bill passes, this will not only help the people but also the events because they will receive more attendance, so this would be beneficial to a lot of people.

Goldman is fighting for the right cause. No more tickets being sold out because of the ticket companies buying tickets. No more people having to pay more than necessary to see a show and to enjoy themselves. No more ticket scalpers controlling the market.

In the end, everyone, except maybe the ticket scalpers, will be happy.

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