Everton Supporters Trust has urged the club to end their partnership with StubHub in the midst of claims fans can be used on the online ticket exchange.
Everton has been widely praised for the progressive policy of ticketing which meant that season ticket prices are frozen and in some cases reduced for the 2017-18 campaign. Following consultations with the Everton Fans Forum, and the Junior Fansâ€™ Forum the club have introduced a new, young adult season ticket for next season at a cost of Â£380 for those aged 22-24 while his Boys of the season, the cost of the ticket is Â£95, which is the equivalent of Â£5 per game.
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However, the Everton association of StubHub has attracted criticism, with Supporters of the Trust supporting the club more positive pricing steps are being undermined by his secondary ticketing partner. In an open letter to the club’s EAST cites an example of a Â£45 ticket for the next game against Burnley at Goodison Park to be advertised for Â£125.
It reads: â€œThis report has led to a situation in which, on the one hand, the club boasts of his progressive ticket pricing policy and the other uses its website and social media to encourage fans to use a website where tickets are advertised in many times higher than the nominal value.
â€œFor example: a ticket with a face value of Â£40 for Everton last home game against Hull City has been advertised on StubHub for $ 108. April 15, Everton play Burnley, a device that is already sold out. However, the club is heading Evertonians to StubHub, where tickets with a face value of Â£45 advertised for Â£125 rising to Â£149 once â€˜service costs are taken into account. In the first part of the season, the Everton Supporters Trust did Everton FC knowledge of various junior tickets for the home games against Manchester United and Liverpool be listed for as high as Â£90.
â€œTo make matters worse, the club strongly encourages season ticket holders to advertise their ticket via StubHub and, in so doing, it provides no indication of what a subscriber should have to pay for the ticket. Everton Supporters Trust 1878 believes that this situation leaves the Everton FC open to the accusation of complicity in the exploitation of its supporters and that the partnership with StubHub is incompatible with the club otherwise progressive ticket pricing policy.â€
The prices of the tickets on StubHub are established at the discretion of the seller, not of the club, with a limit of Â£250 for the games at Goodison. Tickets can also be cheaper on StubHub â€“ there are Â£12 andÂ£15 tickets available for Everton’s next home game against Leicester City, say â€“ and the club argue that it helps to maintain the security inside the ground as they have the details of the persons involved in the transactions. But with the StubHub contract for the renewal of this summer in the EAST, claims there are more equitable solutions available for Everton.
The open letter is also the â€œinvite Everton to bring to an end its partnership with StubHub, and replace it with an in-house service, in much the same way, the Chelsea FC has done after their agreement with Viagogo came to an end, or enters into an agreement with an ethics of secondary sales platform that does not allow tickets to be sold at a price exceeding their nominal value, such as Twickets. We ask Evertonians who might consider using StubHub for all of the time is remaining in the club, in partnership with the company to comply with other Evertonians and just sell their tickets for face valueâ€.
Everton has played a leading role in the Premier League pricing policy for the fans, which capped away tickets, at a cost of Â£30 for game and non-subscribers to the Club pay more than Â£30 for the game the next season, with the highest price adult subscription at a cost of Â£565.