Ticketmaster caught enlisting pro scalpers for online resales

The ticketing convention was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

There's a strong incentive to scalp tickets in bulk, in other words.

CBC News and the Toronto Star claimed that the invite-only platform TradeDesk is being operated by Ticketmaster and allowed to bypass its own "buyer abuse" rules.

The company runs a rewards program for scalpers, the CBC reported. This week, we're publishing a story about Ticketmaster, a multi-million dollar global corporation, illegally ripping off its customers.

Ticketmaster's terms of use say customers can't "order a number of tickets for an event that exceeds the stated limit for that event". In addition, our policy also prohibits the creation of fictitious user accounts for the goal of circumventing ticket limit detection in order to amass tickets intended for resale.

"I have brokers that have literally a couple of hundred accounts", one representative is said to have commented.

In an explosive plot twist of M. Night Shayamalan proportions, it turns out Ticketmaster may have been secretly working with scalpers to rip us off this whole time!

Ticketmaster representative: "I've brought in people that are extremely small that have just had, just a few sets of tickets and just had the gumption to try and they've become pretty good partners for me. It doesn't matter to me", said the Trade Desk salesperson. After that, the scalpers resell them for higher rates through a web-based inventory management platform referred to as TradeDesk.

"We're not trying to build a better mousetrap". "The last thing we'd want to do is get brokers caught up to where they can't sell inventory with us", he said.

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The Star/CBC report has ignited fierce public reaction in Canada and the United States, where it has been picked up by Rolling Stone Magazine and CBS News. The journalists posed as professional scalpers and were recruited onto Ticketmaster's professional reseller programme.

The software is not mentioned anywhere on the Ticketmaster site, and to access the TradeDesk website requires a registration form.

In January, Live Nation settled a lawsuit centered on allegations by a live-music ticketing company that Ticketmaster had engaged in anti-competitive behavior and committed antitrust violations.

Ticketmaster's Thursday statement in Variety says the review began before publication of the investigation. "We don't monitor that at all".

It is categorically untrue that Ticketmaster has any program in place to enable resellers to acquire large volumes of tickets at the expense of consumers. We also do not determine when tickets are available for purchase or how they are allocated - those decisions are communicated to us by our client, the venue, after consultation with the event presenter. "There's total separation between Ticketmaster and our division".

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