A letter in today's Metro (not available online as far as I can tell) was predictably wittering on about those evil ticket touts. Step forward, Alun Thomas of Edinburgh:
It must surely be time to put a stop to the black market in reselling concert tickets at extortionate prices.
What the fuck, dude? Do ticket touts go around forcing people to buy their tickets at fucking gunpoint or something? Last time I looked, buying tickets from a tout was an entirely voluntary transaction, possible only because the people originally selling the tickets are not charging the correct market price for the tickets. The difference between what the market will bear buying from touts and the face price of the ticket is entirely down to the generosity (or economic incompetence) of the artist.
But how the fuck do you stop a black market, anyway? That's the whole fucking point of a black market: it exists because the officially regulated market isn't doing its job.
It would be the ideal legacy for the king of pop and allow fans to get back to purchasing tickets at face value.
Listen, you fucking cockwit of an ignoramus, fans can always buy tickets at their face value, if they get to the ticket shop in time. If they don't and they want to see the show, well then they take their chances with a tout.
Jesus wept, Adam Smith must be spinning hard enough in his grave to register on the Richter scale!