THEY say you should never meet your heroes, but that doesn’t bother JLS fan Nicole Sullivan, who has been saving her pocket money for a year to do just that.
Sadly, she never stood a chance.
The mega-popular boy band has an army of teen fans and Nicole fell victim to the law of supply and demand. As well as concert tickets, the JLS fan club sells special meet and greet for £105.
Doting mum Lisa Everatt had two computers ready when they went on sale, but on her first attempt, a nano-second after the online store opened at 9am, the message ‘sold out’ flashed up.
But what put the bitterness into their disappointment was that the same tickets were on sale on eBay within minutes – for a staggering £899 for two. The tickets at their Cardiff show went up for £999, with no shortage of offers.
Lisa, aged 37, of Alnwick Road, Intake, said: “Nicole has seen JLS three times, but at the last gig she met a girl who had meet-and-greet tickets and she’s been saving her pocket money ever since.
“And then they’re gone in a flash, only to turn up on eBay within the hour – at a price that would take her a decade to save for. I wouldn’t mind if someone made a little profit. But up to £800 is wrong when true fans suffer.”
An eBay spokesman said: “It’s legal to resell gig tickets on eBay and other ticket resale sites.
“If a massive group like JLS only play a venue once or twice a year, those tickets will be in high demand.
“If they are offering their fans a meet and greet too, that will obviously drive up the price, as so many fans look to get their hands on a small number of tickets.”
MP Sharon Hodgson tried and failed to introduce a law limiting the profit on tickets earlier this year. But she hasn’t given up.
She added: “This is another example of touts pricing ordinary fans out of going to see their favourite artists.
“It’s about time the Government stepped in to curb the excesses of the secondary ticket market, making it work for the benefit of genuine fans.”
A new push to raise the issue in Parliament over the next few months was planned, she added.