It is being said that the Official Receiver has recovered substantial amounts of tickets from the offices of Getmetickets and therefore it is likely that many fans will get the tickets they have paid well over the odds for. They are currently processing them in the order in which they were bought.
Fans have long been complaining about Getmetickets, the site that is known as (in the words of Sir Cliff) “a terrible rip off”
This company run by Michael Rangos has been responsible for a great deal of misery and has been featured on the BBC programme ‘Watchdog’ twice. Nothing to date has deterred this man from ripping off customers desperate to see their favourite acts.
Many fans have been charged ridiculous prices for tickets but even worse than that many never received tickets that they bought and paid for.
In May 2005 the company was fined £1,500, and Rangos was fined the same amount, for breaking the law on declaring the face value of tickets. Bexley Trading Standards in London prosecuted Getmetickets after they charged £297 for a pair of Shania Twain tickets without revealing they originally cost just £50.
In 2004 Northants Trading Standards also prosecuted the company; Rangos admitted flogging Cliff Richard tickets for £323 without stating the face value of £40. The firm was ordered to pay £4,877 in fines and costs, while Rangos had to stump up £665 himself.
Today’s events (and let’s face it – it’s been a long time coming) have seen the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) asking for the company to be wound up in the public interest.
Today the website has the following from the Official Receiver on its front page:
On 2 February 2006 the Official Receiver was appointed Provisional Liquidator of Get Me Tickets Limited ["the company"] following the presentation to the court of a petition to wind up the company in the public interest. The petition was presented to the court by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry following an investigation by the Department of Trade and Industry.
The petition to wind up the company will be heard by the court on 22 March 2006. Any updates to the situation will be posted on the Insolvency Service website at www.insolvency.gov.uk/piu.htm as soon as possible. If the company is wound up in due course, details will appear there for creditors to register a claim in the liquidation.
The company traded as a ticket reseller, principally via this website, www.getmetickets.net. When my staff attended the company's premises a number of tickets were recovered. It appears that the company does not have sufficient tickets to supply all its customers who have ordered and paid for tickets.
The court has therefore ordered that those tickets held by the company should be distributed to customers in the order that customers paid for the tickets. My staff are sending all the tickets recovered from the premises to these customers on the basis and they should receive tickets within the next few days. There are no other tickets available for any other customers.
Unfortunately the Official Receiver is not in a position to make any exchanges or refunds, nor to enter into discussion with individual customers about tickets they have or have not received or any other such issues. Nor is the Official Receiver able to guarantee that any tickets provided to customers in this way are genuine.
Public Interest Unit
The Insolvency Service
21 Bloomsbury Street
Of course many fans will still be disappointed and many will neither get their tickets or a refund – but at least for the moment – Getmetickets will not be able to rip off anyone else.