Published on February 3rd, 2019 | by Alan Cross2
Could this be why the Federal Competition Bureau dismissed the Ticketmaster TradeDesk case?
In case you missed it last week, the Federal Competition Bureau dismissed any allegations of wrongdoing by Ticketmaster regarding its TradeDesk division.
The complaint was that TradeDesk allowed people holding dozens or even hundreds of Ticketmaster accounts to buy tickets in such a way they were almost instantaneously posted for sale on the secondary market.
This allegedly gave these entities an
The case went before the Competition Bureau in Ottawa which launched an investigation. Last week, it said that they didn’t find any contravention of the Competition Act.
Here’s a quote from the Interim Commissioner of the Competition Bureau: “The Competition Act is the best tool to crack down on false or misleading representations, including misleading ticket price advertising. That’s why we sued Ticketmaster, and we remain committed to advancing our ongoing litigation.”
Wait. What? How did they come to that conclusion? They haven’t said, really. Consumers are understandably confused and angry.
John sent an email with this possible explanation.
“I think the reason this didn’t go anywhere is that no fixed competition has occurred. No group of companies selling the same product or service all agreed to sell at a price or margin of profit. The most recent would be Loblaw’s. (Details here.)
“This is more fixing a marketplace. That’s why I think it is more related to Consumer Affairs. The consumer is never given a fair chance to purchase tickets at the price agreed upon with the entertainer or entertainment. They have set up and encouraged the tickets not to end up in the consumers’ hands from the first sale but mostly in resellers hands.
“They are not functioning with the consumers best interest and not in the entertainers’ interest either. The pricing inflated, the entertainer might not have the audience they wanted at the show or may not sell well, leaving seating empty. It would be interesting to read an agreement an entertainer signed with ticket monster for services provided.
“That could be where they have left themselves open to trouble with encouraging resellers. They have played the consumer, the entertainment and fixed the market all their