News I’d missed: online ethical ticket exchange Scarlet Mist has shut down.
Richard, the owner, writes:
I’ve been running it more or less single-handledly for the past eleven years, as a part-time hobby whilst doing my day-job as a hospital doctor. It has been fun to run it, and it has been a useful service.
Unfortunately my wife is now disabled and I need to devote more time to caring for her and my family.
Ticket touts and the secondary ticket market is here to stay. There is very little political will to address it, money talks in this world.
He’s right. My local MP is one of very many politicians who voted against proposals to crack down on the legal-tout market. Personally I don’t think gigs should only be available to the rich.