Call to go after scalpers!

Organizers of the popular Puff of Colour (POC) J’ouvert fete are calling for some kind of legislation that would see scalpers of tickets to Crop Over events being firmly dealt with under the law.

Failing that, Kirk Phillips, one of the members of the Chelsea Boyz organizing team, called on Government entities like the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) to help to curtail the problem.

“It is very difficult to stop scalping. From what we understand,  there is no law against it. You can go out and buy a ticket and turn around and sell it at whatever price you want,” he told Bajan Vibes.

“However, the person doing it, they are taking a chance because you can also attract BRA to come to you, the VAT office can come and say ‘well listen you are selling these tickets at x, we need to get our piece’.”

Phillips went on: “I think that is one of the things that needs to happen. BRA needs to target these scalpers and try to deal with them because there is no law. We the promoters would like a law put in place for scalpers but we can only do so much like what we did,” he said, drawing reference to the one ticket per person policy the group implemented for POC.

Phillips noted that though there were some hiccups, POC was a relatively successful venture.

“I think promoters have to, I don’t want to say, do like us [but] at the end of the day, every promoter has to do what’s best for themselves.  We made a decision to sell tickets to persons at one per person in the early stages. The reason for that was to ensure that everyone got a ticket at a fair price.

“Some people said we made it too difficult but at the end of the day, we wanted to make sure that John Public gets a ticket at the price that we the committee members of Chelsea boys set that price at. So, if we set the price at $60, we do not feel comfortable or happy to know that people out there are selling our tickets at a $110, $120, $130 and in the extreme, $300.”

“You are depriving some person of a ticket that would really like to go to Puff of Colour,” the organizing committee member told Bajan Vibes.

21 Responses to Call to go after scalpers!

  1. Natasha Scantlebury
    Natasha Scantlebury July 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I agree pple sellinga ta 150 and another tell me 300 wdf coming with the 300

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    • Natasha Scantlebury
      Natasha Scantlebury July 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

      yup ridiculous

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    • Natasha Scantlebury
      Natasha Scantlebury July 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Yes I agree with you but to sell a ticket you bought at 60 for 150-300 is ridiculous if you wanted 1 wud you have bought it at that price

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  2. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull July 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Nobody don’t point a gun at your head and tell you to buy a ticket at a ridiculous price, it is up to you to value an event more than it is worth. If I bought 4 tickets for an event and 3 cancelled, wouldn’t it be sensible to try to get back my money or more depending on the value of the ticket then? I would automatically become a Scalper too ?

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  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 13, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Some of these young promoters are IDIOTS. ITS LIKE ANY OTHER BUSINESS. IF A PERSON BOUGHT SOME TICKETS FROM A BOX OFFICE. HOW GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO TO STOP ME FROM SELLING THEM OVER TO SOME ONE ELSE. WHAT IS BUY AND SELL. I WENT TO A PLANTATION AND BUY SOME YAMES AND I START TO SELL MY YAMES YOU THINK THAT THE PLANTATION OWNER CAN STOP ME FROM SELLING THESE YAMES. TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE FROM BUYING THE TICKETS AND BUYING THE YAMES. GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO PUT LEGISLATION INPLACE FOR EVERYTHING WHEN COMES TO BUY AND SELL.

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  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Natasha Scantlebury who the money belongs too not yours. No one forced you to buy it. Some of these promoters will not tell government that when they have a DEAD show and tickets not selling.They does give the same scalpers tickets to sell FOR them. Many times I see promoters giving these same people TICKETS to SELL when no one is buying tickets. Promoters know that not all the time tickets usually sells well.

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  5. Dark Choco
    Dark Choco July 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

    What POC have to start doing is letting ppl pay to go inside and u would see how the scalpers would die down…just make it 100 at the door simple

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    • Shadwayne Antonio Decarlo Wilkinson
      Shadwayne Antonio Decarlo Wilkinson July 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

      The reason they don’t do that is pretty simple…they don’t want overcrowd

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    • Dark Choco
      Dark Choco July 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      I understand that part but u telling me they can’t sell a certain amount of tickets and when those tickets gone let ppl pay at the door it ain’t rocket science

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    • Dark Choco
      Dark Choco July 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      But even with tickets they push so honestly it isn’t no win win but I have been to fetes where u can pay at the door or u can use ur ticket and it use to move smoothly

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  6. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull July 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Nickaela Skinner you are a brilliant piece of work ,so well said.

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  7. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham July 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I really can’t believe that you would seriously ask the BRA to assist with this . Charging people foolish money to go down in a quarry .

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  8. Alisa Wilson
    Alisa Wilson July 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Exactly

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  9. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde July 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

    If u want it u pay

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  10. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde July 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    U ppl mad that ppl made some money that is what make the event hype ppl now going to come n book early so they don’t have pay hi price to ppl on the outside

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  11. Marcia Jpaul
    Marcia Jpaul July 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    This is a joke …at least the tickets aren’t fake ..

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  12. Sean King
    Sean King July 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    These organizers of puff of color need to stop crying wolf .They are the head ones that give tickets in bulks to their friends to sell them at ridiculous prices for them. That’s why when persons go to purchase they are hearing all early bird tickets are gone. I have been in circles and have seen individuals selling these tickets at high prices who are connected to committee members of this group. So to come now talking about going after scalpers is rubbish ,.

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  13. Sade Simpson
    Sade Simpson July 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Why poor man gotta live

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  14. Evabless Lilly Fields
    Evabless Lilly Fields July 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    It ain’t dah serious

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  15. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed July 13, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Figure it out

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  16. Mark Adamson July 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

    The person at POC complaining about persons who get tickets from a box office having given an amount of money to the Box office and having at the same time secured ownership of the tickets – and thus later having every right to pass the tickets on to relevant others whilst receiving money from them – needs something to better do or to talk.

    To the extent of his illogical and unfounded complaint, about that which he is complaining about, there is something called the free market system.

    Understand it!!

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