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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:票贩子

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Ticket touts

票贩子

电影院和音乐会场馆都正在设法阻止人们非法出售门票,通常都是以高价抛售。这些非法售票的人被称为票贩子,他们会以低价大量收购门票,然后以高价出售。

Rob和Neil将会和咱们一起讨论这种有风险的交易,并且提出我们如何能够避免买错票子的问题。

本期问题:

根据世界吉尼斯记录,哪一个歌手在2006年的世界巡回演唱中一天售出最多门票的呢?是:

a) Robbie Williams罗比•威廉斯

b) Bob Dylan鲍勃•迪伦

c) Justin Timberlake 贾斯汀•汀布莱克

让我们一起听节目,找答案吧。

听力内容:

Ticket touts

NB: This is not a word-for-word transcript

Rob: Hello, welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Rob.

Neil: And hello, I'm Neil.

Rob: Today we're talking about ticket touts. The verb 'to tout' means to sell tickets for an event such as a sports match or concert for more money than their real price – or face value. And the people who do it are called touts. Now, be honest Neil, have you ever bought a ticket from a tout?

Neil: No, if I don't get a ticket from an official source I tend to just miss the event.

Rob: Fair enough. Well, I've never been that desperate to see a show that I've needed to buy a ticket from a tout – but I guess, if a must-see match or a concert was a sell-out and there were no tickets, then I might be tempted.

Neil: It's a dodgy – or dishonest – and unreliable business and it’s a big problem which we'll be discussing soon. But first, have you got a 'dodgy' question for me Rob?

Rob: Nothing dodgy here Neil, just a good honest question about ticket sales. Now, we know tickets to see a pop singer or band can sell out very quickly. But according to the Guinness World Records, which singer sold the most ever tickets in one day for his 2006 World Tour? Was it…

a) Robbie Williams

b) Bob Dylan

c) Justin Timberlake

Neil: I'm going to go for Justin Timberlake, c).

Rob: OK. We’ll find out if you're right later on. Let's talk more now about ticket touts. These are people who sell tickets dishonestly. Tickets can be bought honestly – or legitimately – through an official agent, sometimes on a website.

Neil: That's right but sometimes agents add on commission – an extra charge for processing the tickets. Plus there's sometimes a fee for credit card transactions. I find that really annoying.

Rob: Yeah, me too. And of course the best place to pick up a ticket is usually from the box office at the venue – the place where the event is happening. Then you get to pay the genuine price.

Neil: And even then ticket prices can be really high. Some people pay hundreds of pounds for the best tickets – possibly for front row seats.

Rob: Not me Neil. Being a cheapskate, I go for the cheapest seats, usually up in 'the gods' – I mean, the seats high up at the back – that's where you can get a bargain – even if you get a restricted view and you can’t see too well!

Neil: Well, when even these seats have sold out, some people give in to the temptation of the ticket touts. These are the guys who stand outside the venue just before the event starts – or they operate online. But the tickets they sell are not always the bargain you think they are.

Rob: No. Sometimes they charge inflated prices – or high prices for the basic ticket for the sort of seats that I sit in. And sometimes they sell a fake ticket – so not a real one – for a seat that's already booked. It leaves you out-of-pocket – you lose your money.

Neil: It's a big problem in London and other cities around the world. It's especially a concern for theatres that are subsidised or receive money from the state.

Rob: Yes, such as London's Royal Opera House. Let's hear from its Chief Executive, Alex Beard. What is the solution to the problem – and what advice does he give for avoiding the touts?

Alex Beard, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House:

People have been wrestling with this issue now for decades, and no one's come up with the perfect silver bullet, as it were, to take the touts out of business. There are, however, authorised agencies that sell tickets, and they are listed on websites. And I would recommend anyone who wants to get a last minute ticket to look at those, because they are reputable, they will charge a fair price and won't be effectively mis-selling tickets.

Rob: Some interesting words. He says there is not a perfect 'silver bullet' for stopping the touts. A silver bullet means one simple answer to completely solve the problem. So what does he suggest?

Neil: He says use authorised agencies – so companies that have been checked and approved by the venues. These are reputable – so people have a good opinion of them and they can be trusted.

Rob: Yes, and they will charge a fair price too. You won't be – as we sometimes say – ripped off.

Neil: In many cases reselling tickets and making a profit is not allowed, and if someone is found doing it, the tickets they're selling become void – or not valid, so the buyer can’t actually use the tickets they've paid for.

Rob: A BBC investigation found one website was offering two tickets to see the play Coriolanus at a London theatre for £2,015. The face value was originally £20 to £35 each.

Neil: Well, luckily for me, I couldn't afford that kind of price so I would wait for a genuine cheaper ticket to become available.

Rob: Or, if that doesn't happen, choose another play to see. There's plenty of choice in London's West End!

Neil: Good advice there Rob, although it's harder to get tickets for a band or singer who's performing in your city for one night only.

Rob: A bit like buying a ticket for one singer who holds the record for selling the most ever tickets in one day. But who was it?

Neil: I said c) Justin Timberlake.

Rob: He is very popular isn't he, but not as popular as Robbie Williams was. He sold 1.6 million tickets in 24 hours. Did you buy one of them Neil?

Neil: No I didn't!

Rob: Before we go, Neil, could you remind us of some of the vocabulary that we've heard today?

Neil: Yes, we heard:

ticket touts

face value

dodgy

legitimately

agent

commission

transactions

venue

cheapskate

inflated prices

fake

out-of-pocket

silver bullet

reputable

void

Rob: Thanks. Well, that brings us to the end of today's 6 Minute English. We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s programme. Please join us again soon. Bye.

Neil: See you.

词汇学习:

1. ticket touts 票贩子

2. face value 面值

3. dodgy 狡猾的;冒险的

4. legitimately 合法地;合理地

5. agent 代理人;代理商

6. commission 佣金

7. transactions 交易,业务,事务

8. venue 演出地点

9. cheapskate 小气鬼;吝啬鬼

10. inflated prices 飞涨的物价

11. fake 假的

12. out-of-pocket 现款支付

13. silver bullet 良方;银子弹

14. reputable 诚实的;可靠的

15. void 无效的

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