A 30 year old Canadian named Julian Lavallee is a big part of why concerts sell out so fast and you are left with nothing. He ‘harvests‘ concert tickets, resells them on StubHub and in 2015 his Quebec numbered company raked in a reported 7.9 million dollars.
Isn’t this outrageous? Julian Lavalee and others like him are professional fun busters, the anti music fan, greedy and heartless when you think of how they turn the concert experience into something only the elite can afford.
Professional scalpers with robot software kill music fans dreams with every ‘harvest’ but they aren’t the only ones at fault here.
StubHub seems to enable their behavior. The Toronto Star played a part in breaking this story and they report:
Lavallee is just one high-volume scalper in StubHub’s stable.
The eBay-owned company quietly courts mass-market scalping operators like Lavallee through a little-known, password-protected portal on its website designed for industrial-sized ticket resellers, the investigation has found.
StubHub’s “Top Seller” handbook offers sellers a guide to “manage their business” with preferred rates for those who hit a minimum of $250,000 in sales a year — with increasingly attractive incentives for those who reach “volume thresholds” reaching up to $5 million in sales.
To assist, the company provides its top sellers with software for “bulk uploads,” allowing thousands of tickets to be posted for sale.
He’s the poster boy for scalpers. He’s put a face to the ‘bot’ that beats you to tickets every time. Would appropriate punishment be a lifetime ban from every concert venue in the world? I think it would be a good start, but a multi country agreement and law changes are needed too.