eBay UK ticket auctions begin shifting to StubHub

By | Published on Friday 15 March 2013

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eBay UK has confirmed that it is in the process of shifting the ticket reselling that occurs on its online auction platform over to the UK wing of StubHub, the firm’s secondary ticketing service which launched over here last year.

The plan, first mooted in January, is to remove some ticket categories completely from eBay UK by May, forcing buyers and sellers of tickets to switch to its sister site. eBay says that StubHub, especially built with ticket reselling in mind, is a more user-friendly platform, plus users benefit from a dedicated customer service team on call from 9am to 9pm every day. And, of course, eBay gets bigger commissions on StubHub, so winners all round (well, all round eBay HQ anyway).

Says StubHub’s GM International Brigitte Ricou-Bellan: “StubHub launched in the UK in March 2012 and in our first year of business here we have proven our model and offered thousands of fans a premiere service to access the very best in sport, music and live entertainment. We are now opening up our specialised platform to eBay buyers and sellers with a suite of additional tools and services to make the process safer and more efficient”.

Meanwhile eBay’s VP Marketplaces, Paul Newman, added: “There’s no doubt that StubHub offers the best way to buy and sell tickets online. We’re committed to offering customers the very best experience and that’s why we are confident this is the right move at the right time for ticket buyers and sellers in the UK”.