Ticketmaster has announced the closure of its two resale sites, Seatwave and GET ME IN!, and opening of fan-to-fan sales on its website.
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The move is an effort to combat ticket touts and comes after artists like Ed Sheeran, Little Mix and Adele spoke out against tickets being re-sold for more than face value: the price that they were originally bought for.
Both sites will shut down at some point in October in the UK and Ireland, with Europe to follow early next year. But from today, there will be no new events listed on either site.
In their place you will be allowed to sell tickets directly through Ticketmaster. With a simple click you will be able to release your tickets for sale on the site. Ticketmaster have vowed to make it clear which tickets are new and which are being resold through the use of a colour-coded system.
The main, and most important, difference between Seatwave, GET ME IN! and the new system is the price. You will only be able to sell tickets for the same price you bought them or less. But there will be a 15% surcharge on the tickets to cover booking fees paid by the seller.