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To be sure that surely there aren't THIS many people who are THIS thick?!

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MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 18-Apr-13 12:19:20

Am quite angry and sad about this...

DH and I really want to go to the Bowie exhibition at the V&A, sometime in August. Checked at the start of last week and a few dates had sold out but still lots of dates showing as available. Am quite skint this month so thought I'd wait until this week when I got some more money to buy the tickets. They have all sold out, every day. Fair enough, it's a popular exhibition, you snooze you lose etc.

Just thought I'd have a quick look on Fleabay to see if any were going but wasn't hopeful... well, there are LOADS going, for ridiculous amounts. Having read a lot of the descriptions, there are loads of sellers going "genuine reason for sale, bought tickets for wrong day/wrong type of ticket bought" hmm

Bollocks. You all saw a quick way to make cash so you bought tickets to sell. Bastards. They are going for hundreds of pounds. I've got no chance of going now. I wouldn't mind so much if I'd lost out to genuine people going but I can't get a ticket because people are touting.

I do have a grudge against ticket touts in general so maybe I am BU...

MelanieCheeks Thu 18-Apr-13 12:21:12

Only if you think that the principles of capitalism themsleves are unreasonable.

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 18-Apr-13 12:22:44

No your'e not BU.
I hate this, it happens at all the big concerts and festivals too.

Hegsy Thu 18-Apr-13 12:23:56

Unfortunately as long as people are willing to buy these robbing bar stewards will continue to sell.

AgentProvocateur Thu 18-Apr-13 12:27:51

If you're on twitter, have a look at Twickets - people selling tickets at face value.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 18-Apr-13 12:30:22

Thank you Agent, I didn't know about that smile

AuntieStella Thu 18-Apr-13 12:31:44

Well, for £64 you can buy an annual membership that gives you unlimited access to all exhibitions, and you can jump the queue. For a further £15 you can take a guest in with you.

If more people realised this, it would severely limit what the touts could attempt to charge.

Callisto Thu 18-Apr-13 12:33:51

Unscrupulous maybe. But thick? No, not thick.

UnChartered Thu 18-Apr-13 12:34:29

it's not about people being 'thick', it's about grabby fuckers who want to make money

it's the same with loads of big names, tried to get AC/DC tickets for DSs birthday, sold out within 10 mins from official agents etc, on ebay within the hour...

robbing bastards

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 18-Apr-13 12:35:32

No, I'm not saying that they are thick for making cash in this way, I am saying surely there aren't that many people around who are so thick to have bought wrong tickets, which is what these twats are trying to get people to believe!

FlowersBlown Thu 18-Apr-13 12:38:42

I didn't know that about membership. It's only £79 a year for 2 people, then you could go the exhibition any time you wanted. Would it be worth it to you?

bedmonster Thu 18-Apr-13 12:38:57

I don't think anyone does believe it though Marmalade. I can understand why you're angry but touts are making money out of people who are willing to pay it.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 18-Apr-13 12:42:17

I live in the Midlands, not London so it wouldn't be worth it to me to buy the membership although it is a very good idea!

funkybuddah Thu 18-Apr-13 12:50:00

As well as twickets try Scarlett mist as well

BreconBeBuggered Thu 18-Apr-13 12:55:55

I wouldn't buy from these shits even if I had hundreds of pounds to hand over without noticing the difference. AIBU to hope they're out of pocket because nobody is willing to buy from them? Anyway, hope you can get some tickets from a genuine source, Marmalade.

Fargo86 Thu 18-Apr-13 13:47:21

If people are prepared to pay that much for the tickets, that's what the organizers should be selling them for.

quoteunquote Thu 18-Apr-13 14:03:25

If people are prepared to pay that much for the tickets, that's what the organizers should be selling them for.

Maybe the organisations should when they first put the tickets on sale start them at a very high price, then each day drop the price by a pound that way, the organisations would benefit from the profit from people who are prepared to pay a higher rate, then people could decide at what price they want to opt in at.

If the membership scheme was linked with other museums and galleries around the country then everyone in the UK could benefit from it.


AgentProvocateur Thu 18-Apr-13 14:49:30

Genius idea, Quoteunquote

Owllady Thu 18-Apr-13 14:54:51

There is actually an ethical issue to this as well in that the V&A is a free museum and arent they run partly on charitable donations?

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Thu 18-Apr-13 14:56:56

Dunno...who are the thick ones....the touts making money or the people willing to pay?

LaQueen Thu 18-Apr-13 14:59:03

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TheSecondComing Thu 18-Apr-13 15:00:38

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valiumredhead Thu 18-Apr-13 15:07:08

I would call them the opposite of thick actually wink

erowid Thu 18-Apr-13 15:10:57

Try Scarlet Mist, they don't allow people to re-sell tickets above face value.

valiumredhead Thu 18-Apr-13 15:18:04

Last time I went to the V and A it was free, I thought all museums were now confused

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