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Amazon pulls plug on entertainment ticketing business

The Book of Mormon is one of the West End shows for which Amazon previously sold tickets. Photo: Johan Persson
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Internet shopping giant Amazon has announced that it is to stop selling tickets, just three years after moving into the field.

The online retailer will start removing most events from its website today (February 21), with a few events remaining on sale “for a short period”. It has been selling tickets for live entertainment including theatre, festivals and concerts.

Customers who have already bought tickets will not be affected, with all purchased tickets remaining valid.

It has been reported in IQ Magazine that difficulties selling in the US market has caused the move, but Amazon has not confirmed its reason for ending the service.

The retailer launched its online ticketing business in 2015, when it began selling tickets for West End shows such as The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical and Les Miserables.

Before this, Amazon sold tickets for a limited number of shows through its Amazon Local site.

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