Extra dates as touts make a killing
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.