When a show or festival sells out, it's more than likely because scalpers have snagged up a large chunk of tickets so as to resell them on secondary sites at a higher price. How? They use scalper bot software programmed to quickly acquire large quantities of tickets at the time they go on sale much faster than a consumer can get through the purchasing process.

These scalpers often manage to resell them on secondary sites, such as StubHub, marking up the cost by 100 to 500 percent. One particularly disturbing example is when tickets for Paul McCartney in New York were being resold at the insane price tag of $8,000 a pop!

It's been an issue for consumers of entertainment as well as ticketing sites and entertainers and artists alike for years now, but Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Marsha Blackburn are trying to finally put an end to this unfair for-profit practice.

These two drafted a bill earlier this year called the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, a piece of legislation designed to ban scalper bots from ticketing sites once and for all.

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It’s estimated that 60% of tickets are purchased by bots -- a computer program that ticket scalpers use to buy tickets faster than actual humans can. Scalpers then sell those tickets online for ridiculous prices.

Please support The Better Online Ticket Sales Act, legislation that would prohibit the use of bots and make selling any ticket knowingly purchased by a bot punishable with a fine of $1,000 per ticket.

A petition asking congress to pass the bill is now active online. Music fans can help to make this bill become law by signing the petition here.

[H/T Magnetic Mag]

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