Friday, 5 December 2014

Scarlet Mist fades away

Ethical ticket exchange Scarlet Mist has closed down, founder Richard Marks announced via its Facebook page. Launched in 2003, the website acted as a means for music fans to sell unwanted gig and festival tickets at face value, in reaction to the increasing numbers of tickets being sold at high mark ups by online touts. The site previously closed in 2011 because of "unacceptably high levels of fraud carried out [on the platform] by a small number of criminals", but reopened again early the following year. In a statement about this week's closure, Marks explained that whilst fraud remained an issue: "I've been running Scarlet Mist more or less single-handedly for the past eleven years, as a part-time hobby whilst doing my day job as a hospital doctor. It has been fun to run it, and it has been a useful service. Unfortunately my wife is now disabled and I need to devote more time to caring for her and my family".

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