Troubles a Plenty for Olympic Ticket Resale Market
Organizers of the 2012 Summer Olympics are experiencing some headaches in the world of ticket resale as the site created to do so went completely down within hours of going live. The site, operated by Ticketmaster, is currently on its fifth day down and it is unclear when the site will be up and running again.
The main glitch of the site has caused some major confusion for fans looking to purchase tickets. People were able to view available tickets when they tried to purchase them but as they went further into the process, they were told they were no longer available. These same tickets would then show up again as available on the site. A head scratcher if you ask me.
The ticketing process for the 2012 London Olympics has caused a great deal of controversy thus far and the site issues are just the latest. Complaints have taken issue with the way tickets were allocated, information on ticket availability, oversold events such as synchronized swimming as well as a perception that the system was made to favor those able to fork over greater dollars for the higher-priced events.
In any event, the LOCOG (London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games) has stated that £537 million of the projected £670 million in ticket sales have already been realized. This does not include the 1.2 million tickets that have yet to go on sale for Soccer. Cha-ching!
2012 London Olympics Preview Video
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