Scalping has become a bigger issue in recent years due to the increased dependence of the internet. We’ve talked about the scalping issue a lot in regards to merchandise on Shop Disney selling quickly and ending up on auction sites. Ticket Pre-Orders for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home were opened the other day, and multiple sites crashed due to the high volume of orders. But many of those orders were scalpers and bots flooding the sites and buying up large amounts of tickets for opening night.
Almost immediately tickets for the film were listed on sites like eBay. Prices ranged from $100 to as high as $25,000.
Thankfully both Marvel and SONY want as many people as possible to be able to see the film opening weekend. So they have been requesting eBay to take down a large portion of the listing for the tickets. Still there are some who are trying to sell the extra tickets they bought at a higher price.
Scalping has been a major issue in recent years. Most notable both SONY’s Playstation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X game consoles were greatly affected by scalping due to the negligence of certain online stores. The situation is so bad that a bill is being proposed to ban scalping bots in the United States. Hopefully the bill comes into law and prevents any further disturbances like this in the future. Especially with the United States currently dealing with a supply chain crisis.
Even though scalping didn’t affect many smaller cities/town and their theaters it’s the larger cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles etc. that are affected the most. So if you live out in the country near a town or in a rural area with a local theater nearby you should be okay.
Spider-Man: No Way Home releases exclusively in theaters on December 17th. Are you excited to see the biggest Marvel event since Infinity War and Endgame?
Source: Chip and company
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