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Brown Paper Tickets Aims to Combat Scalpers With New Technology

Thursday, April 03, 2014   (0 Comments)
GeekWire (03/12/14) Soper, Taylor

Seattle-based Brown Paper Tickets (BPT) has introduced a suite of anti-scalping tools to help event organizers better control ticket resale profits. In addition to enabling users to sell tickets on its platform in a controlled setting, BPT lets them automatically block IP addresses attempting repeated transactions while restricting the number of tickets that can be ordered per buyer. BPT assesses a 99-cent fee along with 3.5 percent of the ticket price, and it intends to keep costs low for organizers and gives at least 5 percent of its profits to communities and causes. BPT CEO Steve Butcher says tickets are most often resold at events such as concerts, comic book conventions, craft beer releases, and nonprofit benefits. “Without our Anti-Scalping Suite, you will see a $5 ticket to a craft beer release sold through secondary ticket sellers for more than $1,000,” Butcher says. ”That kind of profiteering is not good for the fans, or for the artist, small business or venue selling the tickets.” BPT also recently unveiled a new method to share tickets through text messaging. Butcher says about 20,000 events are hosted on BPT's platform annually.

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