Retailer Fopp has partnered with face value ticket reseller Twickets to offer music fans an in-store drop and collect ticketing service, in a bid to steer gig-goers away from touts and extortionate deals on secondary ticketing sites.
The new service, aptly named Drop and Collect, allows people to trade tickets at face value in Fopp stores. Twickets’ fan-to-fan ticket exchange service will now provide those listing a ticket to deliver them to there nearest Fopp store. Customers will then receive a text alert and email when the tickets are ready for collection. A £2.50 handling charge will be applied per transaction.
The new service is currently up and running in central Manchester’s Fopp store on Brown Street, with a nationwide rollout expected by the end of the year.
Richard Davies, founder of Twickets, said: “We want to make it easier for music fans to purchase official gig tickets at face value, and stop them losing out to touts and secondary sites selling at inflated prices with exorbitant booking fees. It’s fantastic to be working with highly respected specialist retailer Fopp, and we hope this new in-store service will allow more fans to be able to see their favourite artists without needing to scrimp and save to pay scalpers’ fees.”
A statement from Fopp said: “We’re delighted that our loyal customers in Manchester can now drop off and collect their gig tickets whilst they shop with us. Fopp shoppers are true fans with a strong passion for live music so ethical ticketing service Twickets and Fopp are a great fit.”
Image by Shirlaine Forrest for Fopp