Do you think the 2012 Olympic ticketing system was fair?

YES - considering the size of the operation it was as fair as it could be
8% (50 votes)
NO - I have no idea how much I've spent or what i will be going to watch
37% (226 votes)
I didn't apply for Olympic tickets
54% (329 votes)
Total votes: 605

Your Comments

I accept that it was an enormous operation to manage and control but I feel it has been a shambles throughout.

I erred on the side of caution (when applying and paying 1 year in advance) to limit my exposure to the extraordinary chance that were I so lucky to get all I wanted, I would be extorted by my overdraft fees if this were the case.

Yet now I sit here typing this message with the realisation that caution was in fact the wrong approach and I am unlikely to get anything (fingers still tightly crossed till Tuesday I hear) It looks like I will have to go for the second ballot which of course is better than nothing but is for the second string tickets that were unwanted.

Of course I haven't even touched on the issue of not knowing what you have even though you've paid for it. Unfortunately, I would be only too happy to be in this situation which says a lot for this misguided payment system.

Having to wait to find out whether you've got tickets, by checking your bank balance on a daily basis, and then not knowing for another couple of weeks what tickets you have is farcical.

This is akin to entering a restaurant, ordering food, not knowing what you'll be served, or if it will arrive.  If it's not to your satisfaction, you have to wait till next year to complain!

The inability to resell these tickets, if for some reason your circumstances change, is also unfair.


I don't know why the media and especially this site feel a need to create an issue when none exists. It seems clear that we needed a lottery due to demand v supply, and the process was fair and reasonably clear.

Not exactly fair when the system is loaded in favour of the rich or fools who were prepared ro risk financial meltdown and apply for a load of tickets which they would never be able to actually afford.

The whole, process imposed "from above" in a completely mandatory fashion should have been rejected by Government.
Unlikely with this elitist lot ,for whom the odd few 1000 quid means nothing.

The day tickets went on sale should have been announced at least 6 months to a year ahead. The tickets should have gone on sale nearer the time of the event. Does it make sense to have tickets in your drawer waiting for a whole year ?

Process was ill thought through and appears to have rewarded the fiscally irresponsible! People who applied for a total value of tickets that they couldn't possibly afford have ended up with some tickets whilst those who limited their exposure to an amount which they could cover have missed out. Doesn't seem right or fair.

"I don't know why the media and especially this site feel a need to create an issue when none exists. It seems clear that we needed a lottery due to demand v supply, and the process was fair and reasonably clear."

I totally agree with this comment. The entire process was made clear, this is probably the fairest way to issue tickets. If it was on a first come first serve basis then you would have to be by your computer or phone the moment they went on sale to be sure you get the tickets you wanted (a bit like it is for concert tickets at places like the o2).
Im sure all options were considered for the farest route and examples of previous olympics and footballing events such as the world cup would have been looked at.
With regards to the previous comment regarding refunding of unwanted tickets being much further down the line, this was a) made clear before the application and b) why would you bid for tickets if you ended up not wanting them.

I bid for tickets that I am able to afford and wish to see and have my fingers crossed that I recieve all that I have bidded for, if not then thats just the luck of the draw.

I intended to apply for tickets but after watching the interview with Seb Coe on BBC TV just prior to the start date for ticket applications I was appalled to learn that for some events only 50% of tickets would be available to the general public because the other 50% had already been aloocated to competitors, their family and friends, sponsors and their family and friends and Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
I did not apply for any tickets and feel sorry for all those who did and who will undoubtedly be 'ripped off'
Ticket issue has been a total farce. Seb Coe and Sepp Blatter obviously came out of the same pod.

Was it fair?
Of course it wasn't fair. Don't you get it ? This is the UK in 2011.
It's not meant to be fair.
If it was those with power and wealth and hangers on would be treated in the same way as the vast majority of the population ..... and that would never do would it?

I think the whole process was completely unfair. I've thought that right from when they announced the whole system. People have applied for way more than they can afford and probably actually want, so how is it fair when those people may get ALL of their tickets and some will not get any tickets? They could have thought of a better way to allow most people to get at least SOMETHING. Instead you've now got people who have got tickets they don't want and people who desperately want tickets but haven't got any. It's an absolutely ridiculous system and was never going to be FAIR as they put it. If they'd have just limited the amount that everyone could buy to maybe 4 or 5 tickets for 3 events then other people would have had a chance of getting some. Not happy!


Do you work out what balance transfer fee you will pay before switching credit cards?

Yes: Of course. Fees can be significant and I don't want any nasty surprises.
43% (343 votes)
No: I only ever take out a fee-free deal.
17% (138 votes)
Yes: It's the only way to work out the true cost of the credit card facility.
25% (200 votes)
No: I assumed a 0% balance transfer deal meant there were no fees.
14% (109 votes)
Total votes: 790