The Australian Way Of Keeping Scalpers At Bay
Cricket Australia (CA), the governing body for cricket in Australia has cracked down on scalpers who are trying to resell the Ashes tickets through eBay. CA has said that the tickets bought through eBay will not be accepted at the venues. Although the intent to stop profiteering is understandable, it is the execution that has raised concerns. Targetting scalpers who use one particular online medium / marketplace is unreasonable. It is like targetting eBay for being the most popular online marketplace. Scalpers would continue to use other online and offline mediums to make a quick buck. Even FIFA allowed entry to people who bought World Cup tickets on eBay. If CA is not able to monitor and control all forms of resale of tickets, it should stop policing the eBay users.