Ex­tra dates as touts make a killing

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SPICE Girls fans were fu­ri­ous af­ter tick­ets sold out in a minute, then ap­peared im­me­di­ately on tout sites for 200 times face value.

Huge de­mand for tick­ets led the band to an­nounce two more dates on their six-city tour.

But re­selling site Vi­a­gogo had pages set up be­fore tick­ets went on sale with Tick­et­mas­ter at 10.30am yes­ter­day. A minute later £55 Manch­ester seats were listed for up to £1,488, in­clud­ing a £388 book­ing fee. One £70 Wem­b­ley ticket was on of­fer for a stag­ger­ing £14,850 with other seats go­ing for £500 to £2,000.

One seller tweeted: “Sell­ing two Manch­ester £1,650 each.” An­other wrote: “Two Lon­don Spice tix – £1,000 each no of­fers.”

An­gry fans claimed they were kept wait­ing on­line by Tick­et­mas­ter and lost out on the chance to buy tick­ets, of­fi­cially priced from £55 to £199.

One said tech­ni­cal prob­lems with the web­site were “ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous” while an­other said: “Touts win again. Spice Girls all sold out.” The ex­tra dates are in Manch­ester on May 31 to start the tour and in Lon­don on June 15.

Touts make their money by snapping up thou­sands of tick­ets us­ing ro­bots that make web­sites seem to have crashed dur­ing a sale. They are then flogged on sec­ondary tick­et­ing web­sites, that take a cut of the re­sale value.

Sites like Vi­a­gogo are en­tirely le­gal, though the com­pe­ti­tion watch­dog is in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the best seats are hoovered up then sold on at in­flated prices.

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