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Now bands want eBay money too

As last week’s feature in The Ticket on gigonomics and ticket prices showed, it is the artist themselves who determine the price you pay for a ticket. With artist fees escalating, ticket prices are set to rise for the foreseeable …

Fri, Dec 7, 2007, 14:19

   

As last week’s feature in The Ticket on gigonomics and ticket prices showed, it is the artist themselves who determine the price you pay for a ticket.

With artist fees escalating, ticket prices are set to rise for the foreseeable future.

It seems that artists are not just content with getting the lion’s share of the money fans pay Ticketmaster and have now turned their attention to the secondary ticketing market.

The Resale Rights Society has been established in Britain to attempt to regulate the sale of tickets on such sites as eBay.

The group, which been backed by 400 acts such as Radiohead, Robbie Williams, KT Tunstall and The Verve, want to impose a levy on each ticket sold so that artists get a percentage from the resold tickets.

However, ticket resale agencies have criticised the move, viewing it as an extra charge on fans.