What was Bob thinking?

As a “fawning capitalist lackey and a World Bank-loving, anti-poor, rich world boosting, multinational adoring sellout” *ahem* I tend to agree with the Guardian Newsblog’s Neil McIntosh’s thoughts on Sir Bob’s ill-tempered outburst against Ebay.. and his ill-tempered threats. Also worth noting, as pointed out by Neil McIntosh – “It’s not, after all, like there’s not already posh seats on sale – quite rightly, but somewhat inconsistently, they’re offering £1,250 tickets, including champagne breakfast, to corporates who just [want] to say they were there.” Ebay, meanwhile, has suspended the hoax bidders’ accounts.

  • Keith M

    I really feel I need to let off steam at this point!

    Firstly, the people who “won” tickets in the draw paid for every call they made. Many people spent hundreds of pounds trying to give themselves a better chance of winning.

    Secondly once they won their tickets, they became their property and as such they could do whatever they wanted to do with them.

    Let’s not forget that people from outside the UK could not enter the competition for tickets and the only way they could get to the gig was to buy tickets.

    Ebay facilitated both buyers and sellers until Geldof’s rant. It would have been better for the site to simple waive their fees or donate them to charity, but kneejerk reaction kicked in.

    If Geldof is so bloody charitable, perhaps he should

    Don’t get me started on Bono, who has lived tax free in this country for years and wants to dictate how the government should spend other people’s money. If he’s such a saint perhaps he could start by paying the same tax as Joe Soap has been paying for the last 25 years.

  • David

    I dont like the fact that the people are selling the tickets but I have to agree with Keith M on this one. I also feel that EBay should not have captiulate on this as it makes a mockery of its own rules. If a celebrity doesnt like something being sold they can just complain and ebay will prevent the sale

  • barney

    Imagine what a tyrant St Bob could be if he had any real political muscle – hard to believe he fancied himself as a potential President of Ireland.
    As for that “little shit” (to quote Gerry Adams) Bono, he is in full compliance with Ireland’s tax laws.

  • Jo

    Theres a moral dimension to this.

    I helped sabotage the bids by bidding up the amounts to millions of £.

    Slap it up the greedy wretches. The event they can watch but their social awareness is so subterranean that its not worth even trying.

    Some even had the audacity to charge £5 for a first class stamp to post it to the winners!

  • Jo

    An example of the oputworking of conscience was that one seller claimed that “5%” (!!!!) of the purchase price would go to charity.

    They updated that to say that they’d give half to charity, then ALL to charity.

    A few minutes later they withdrew the tickes from sale – ahead of the ebay ban. Salutations.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Keith M

    “Firstly, the people who “won” tickets in the draw paid for every call they made. Many people spent hundreds of pounds trying to give themselves a better chance of winning.”

    Yeah, but come on.

    “Secondly once they won their tickets, they became their property and as such they could do whatever they wanted to do with them.”

    Yeah, but come ON.

    “Let’s not forget that people from outside the UK could not enter the competition for tickets and the only way they could get to the gig was to buy tickets.”

    Yeah, but come ON!

    “If Geldof is so bloody charitable, perhaps he should…”

    Should what?