Jul 02, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
The provincial government is trying to make it safer for consumers who want to purchase event and concert tickets from re-sellers, but not everyone thinks the new law that took effect July 1st, will be effective.
The legislation is intended to protect people from counterfeit tickets. Previously ticket resellers were not legally allowed to increase the price of the tickets. The new law means resellers can charge whatever they want, as long as the tickets are verified as genuine by the original ticket vendor, or if the re-seller is prepared to issue a formal money-back guarantee in the event the tickets are counterfeit.
The Province says it will not police ticket re-sellers, saying it’s up to re-sellers to create a verification system for tickets.
But at least one Toronto-area theatre company questions the new law. John Karastamatis, a spokesman for Mirvish Productions says the law actually sanctions scalpers who can charge whatever they want now. Mirvish does not allow its tickets to be resold.