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Posted on 05.16.07
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  • Posted on 05.16.07

If the Missouri General Assembly’s repeal of the state law banning ticket scalping stands, I plan to ask the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to repeal the City’s anti-scalping ban as well.

The original purposes of anti-scalping laws were (1) to protect fans and patrons from price gouging by removing some of the economic incentive to buy up all the tickets to hot events and re-sell them at higher prices, and (2) to protect state and municipal sales tax collection. Neither of those purposes seems particularly relevant any more in light of the proliferation of largely untaxed and unregulated Internet sales.

If ticket scalping becomes legal for big ticket brokers in Missouri, it might as well be unregulated for individual fans buying and selling extra tickets outside Scottrade Center and Busch Stadium.