Anyone who has gone to a conert, theather show, very popular sports event or one not so will either have a ticket thats worth more than they paid for it or will attend events will possibly have lots of empty seats. In an age when we have seen airline deal with the "empty seat" problem quite well, theatres dont seem to have moved on. Given the technology is it not possibe to simply reverse action all tickets to ensure all seats are always sold? the ticket tout will then not be needed and more people will get to see more events at a price they are willing to pay.
A while back I took the family to the Grand canal theatre and they switched our tickets to close the upper levels as it was only half full. why not as London have done have discouted ticket sales on the day in booths around the city or simply online?
On the flip side reverse aution 6 nations tickets and let the guy who want to pay 200€ for a ticket do so?
An example of people impsing "wrong" prices
BBC - Newsbeat - Festival boss criticises government over ticket resales
A top UK festival boss says he's "disappointed" that the government isn't taking action over the resale of tickets for live music events, like it has for the London Olympics.
Reselling tickets for London 2012 outside of authorised resellers is illegal.
Melvin Benn said the decision not to regulate the resale market for music had "left the problem with us".
The government says it has no intention of regulating the websites.
Melvin Benn, who organises events such as the Reading and Leeds and Latitude festivals, told Newsbeat: "I do feel it's one rule for one thing and one rule for another.
"The Olympics did it the easy way. The just wrote a law and passed it. They've got that mechanic at hand to them.