New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new law to "combat unfair and illegal ticket purchasing and reselling practices" by putting stricter penalties on resellers who use "ticket bots."

The law is being called "the strongest ‘anti-bot’ legislation in the nation", and threatens "substantial fines and imprisonment" for anyone who violates it.

Cuomo said

These unscrupulous speculators and their underhanded tactics have manipulated the marketplace and often leave New Yorkers and visitors alike with little choice but to buy tickets on the secondary market at an exorbitant mark-up. It’s predatory, it’s wrong and, with this legislation, we are taking an important step towards restoring fairness and equity back to this multi-billion dollar industry."

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It has become an incredibly frustrating experience when it comes to trying to buy tickets to just about anything, whether it's a concert or a baseball game or whatever. Not only have ticket prices gone up in general, but scalpers like this inflate prices to insane levels, which leads people like myself to just skip the event altogether.

Do you think New Jersey should follow New York's lead and clamp down on "ticket bots" and other scalpers?

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