Ticket touts ‘Spring’ up, again!

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/11 21:09:21

Illustrations: Peter C. Espina/GT

The fun of the Spring Festival is often spoiled by the inability to find train tickets as demand goes through the roof. If one is not fortunate, it is well nigh impossible to be lucky at the ticket window, as seats sell out sooner than you can say "got it." Still, many beat the maddening rush to reach home - thanks to scalpers or touts. These unrelenting souls play a crucial role in family reunions and have sprung up as the Spring Festival approaches. The touts refuse to be called scalpers and claim to be middlemen or purchase agents - they buy on behalf of others with their online ticket resale program and techniques. What is earned, they say, is just commission. Some travelers might buy tickets from them by paying extra, but will the time come when we don't need them at all?

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