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eBay to buy Ticket Utils to boost large scale touting on StubHub

By | Published on Monday 25 July 2016


eBay has announced plans to acquire ticket-selling-management-software maker Ticket Utils, with plans to incorporate it into its secondary ticketing set-up StubHub. Ticket Utils makes a variety of applications for large scale sellers on the secondary market, which allow users to automate and manage listings for tickets across multiple stores.

“As StubHub seeks to become a truly global brand, we are working on new ways to ensure that sellers have effective, useful tools to better manage their inventory, pricing, distribution and internationalisation”, says StubHub President Scott Cutler. “Ticket Utils is an example of the ways in which we are listening to our customers and working to improving their selling experience, which is a benefit to our business and theirs”.

Ticket Utils President Brian Hampel adds: “Ticket Utils has a strong history of providing large ticket sellers a sophisticated tool for managing their inventory, and with StubHub, we’ll be able to expand our reach and increase sellers’ success even further. Scaling globally is an opportunity for growth, and we’re especially focused on introducing StubHub sellers to the ease and efficiency of entering new markets with Ticket Utils’ inventory solution”.

Although Ticket Utils already had some official association with StubHub, the acquisition is likely to further annoy those angry that so much of the secondary ticketing market is made up of commercial sellers buying and selling tickets in bulk, rather than individuals who find themselves unable to go to a show.