Last week Victoria Coren wrote that she hopped on a train with an advance purchase ticket, got caught and had to buy a new, expensive ticket. So far so unremarkable, that's how train tickets work now and while yes it's sad that a natural monopoly got privatised by pseudo-Thatcherite zealots who didn't understand the basics of Thatcherism, and yes it's a shame that instead of public transport Britain has a semi-regulated non-market that's little more than a license for train companies to steal, there's no real trick to catching the train you bought a ticket for.
Obviously the train companies will have some rule against reselling tickets, but music promoters have rules against reselling concert tickets too which have proven entirely ineffective. It's relatively hard to game a real market - look at the sheer effort that goes into it on Wall Street and in the City. But the "market" for train tickets is a fiction designed only to confuse commuters, levy penalties and satisfy regulators that an abusive monopoly is nothing of the sort.
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