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The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Connecticut have fined three online ticket resellers $1.4 million for deceptive advertising. One of the companies, SecureBoxOffice, is run out of San Diego by James Moran.

SecureBoxOffice and Ryadd, Inc., sell event tickets through Connecticut-based TicketNetwork. However, the FTC and Connecticut charged that because of deceptive advertising, consumers thought they were buying tickets from an original venue at face value; actually, the websites were ticket-reseller sites peddling event tickets often priced above the venue's original price.

For example, a consumer might go to a search engine and enter "Radio City Music Hall." The consumer would come up with a site claiming to be the "official ticket site" for Radio City Music Hall tickets, but it was not an "official" site — it would be the site of one of the resellers.

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MURPHYJUNK July 31, 2014 @ 7:43 a.m.

customers should boycott a few events and see how fast ticket prices come down.

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Don Bauder July 31, 2014 @ 8:02 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Absolutely. The Padres raised ticket and concession prices when they moved into Petco (typical of that new stadium scam), and as soon as the novelty effect wore off they began slashing prices. I've often wondered if the opera and symphony would do better if they cut prices. Pricing strategies are very tricky. Best, Don Bauder

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