It’s not often you see Mark Lewis write an article which is published in the national press, but yesterday he spoke up about the resale of concert and sporting tickets in the Guardian.
The article covers his thoughts on the difficulty fans have in legitimately obtaining tickets, the punitive restrictions on those with tickets who are then unable to attend the event and wish to resell them and the fact that often if a ticket is resold the promoter simply invalidates it and keeps the money they were originally paid.
Like most people, the users of eBay (of which I am UK manager) take for granted that if you pay for something with your own cash, you’re free to sell it at the best price you can get. No one would dream of telling you what price to sell an unwanted CD for. If someone has an unwanted ticket, why shouldn’t they have the right to sell it at the price someone else is willing to pay, just like anything else?
– Mark Lewis, eBay UK Managing Director
It’s also worth noting that the vast majority of ticket sales on eBay are not traders but simply wish to dispose of tickets for events they no longer wish to attend – according to Mark 60% of eBay users that sold tickets in the last year only sold a single ticket – they’re not professional ticket touts.
It’s great to see the leader of eBay UK use his name and the influence of eBay to protect sellers rights. Bravo Mark, more of the same please 🙂