Two young men from LA have pled guilty to selling bogus Comic-Con passes. The two advertised their counterfeit passes on Craigslist and sold them to two women for $120 each. The purchasers were dismayed to find the tickets were phony when they arrived at the show.
The charge is a misdemeanor and the criminals have been sentenced to pay a $750 fine, complete 10 days of public work service and pay restitution to the victims.
A couple of our own thoughts: $120 is not by any stretch of the imagination an outrageous amount to pay to get into the Con, so this wasn’t even outrageous price gouging. CCI officials have been dedicated in stating that buying tickets away from the con’s own ticketing system is risky for just such a reason — the prosecution shows that the city is also serious about cracking down.
Of course, with the con’s own troubles merely selling tickets to the 2011 show, demand and desires are going to soar even more — along with prices. StubHub has provided a safe, legal marketplace for the supply and demand of tickets at other sporting and concert events — people pay what the market will bear, and it’s often a lot. Is the same system an inevitability for Comic-Con?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.