Monday, January 19, 2009
Obama inauguration tickets are being sold on sites like eBay and Craigslist. More than 240,000 tickets to see the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama were distributed for free, but some recipients are planning to sell them to the highest bidder for as little as $100 to as high as $3500. Although not illegal, anyone caught selling tickets may have them confiscated.
eBay banned the sale of inaugural tickets in November, but they can still be found in the Washington, D.C. section on Craigslist where almost every posting relates to tomorrow's inaugural celebration. Tickets that let you sit are going for more than standing-only tickets.
Inauguration tickets are very simple in design with the signature of Dianne Feinstein and an admonition to arrive early on the day of the inauguration printed on the front of the ticket. They don't look difficult to fake and come in multiple colors so ticket buyers will want to check their purchases carefully. Also be aware that half of the tickets have people's names printed on them so they are non-transferable, and others are labeled "guest of."
A bill banning the sale of inaugural tickets was passed in the Senate two days ago, but the House has yet to pass the bill.
Obama Inauguration Ticket Photos
Obama Inauguration Ticket
Craigslist Postings of Inauguration Tickets