I occasionally watch Watchdog on BBC1 because it can be interesting and sometimes offers useful advice. Today was one of those days, and while normally it’s nothing special, there was one company that was so ridiculous I actually felt it worthy of an entry on here.
The company is getmetickets.net, which has a website which sells ‘front row’ tickets at a premium ( ). Often, it sells tickets long after they sell out – presumably because they have bought them beforehand and then can sell them on at a higher price. Like a ticket tout, but more respectable I suppose.
Except this year they were selling Glastonbury tickets at around £240 – about double the normal price. No problem you may think. But the tickets for Glastonbury had your name on them, and when entering Glasto you needed to show the ticket and some proof of ID to prove you were the person named on the ticket. So this company buys tickets in advance with someone else’s name on, and then sells them on with ID – possibly faked – to people so that they can get in. So maybe they’re not so repectable.
But it gets better. The show invited the company’s boss on for an interview, who, rather than doing the usual “yes, we made a mistake and we’ll refund everyone etc.” speech that most spokespeople do in that situation, actually defended the company’s actions. IANAL, but that selling fake ID sounds rather illegal to me.
They’re also selling tickets for all of next year’s festivals, even Reading and Leeds which was only last weekend, and many of those, Glasto included, haven’t even been confirmed for next year. I’d rather not pay £240 for a ticket to an event that may not even happen.
Update: Employees of getmetickets.net have been posting positive comments under false guises below. These have been highlighted. More information.