Tickets not touts: new ticket-finding service operates at face-to-face value

Inflated ticket prices for ‘sold-out’ events could become a thing of the past, thanks to the growing popularity of a collaborative ticket-finding service

A service that enables fans to buy unused tickets at face value or less is going from strength to strength following the recent launch of its mobile phone apps.

An aggregator for spare or unwanted tickets, Twickets helps put the power back in punter’s hands by connecting eager ticket buyers with genuine sellers, instead of ticket touts liable to hike up prices.

Creator Richard Davies devised the service after becoming frustrated with the extortionate ticket prices charged for apparently sold-out events. To use the service, fans need to download the Twickets app (available on iOS or Android devices) or follow the company on Twitter (@Twickets), where available tickets are advertised within helpful sub-categories.

Since launching in November 2011, Twickets has seen its Twitter follower count jump to 25,000 across its accounts, and nearly 50,000 users download its apps. The service has recently rolled out in Italy and has plans to extend to Toronto and New York, as well as introducing a Windows 8 mobile app.

The service not only bypasses the touting middle man, it also demonstrates an ideal of compassion and altruism. According to Davies: “We often get people giving tickets away and that’s actually what inspired Twickets in the first place. As for freebies, since then we’ve had them for the Olympics, the League Cup Final, the Six Nations, Mumford & Sons and One Direction, among many others.”