January 21, 2013—Scalping Inauguration tickets on eBay and Craigslist may soon be a thing of the past. While tickets to the event are made available to the public for free, many sellers attempt to make a profit from inauguration tickets by selling them through online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist. However, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who just happens to be chair of the Congressional Inaugural Committee, wants ticket scalping of this event stopped immediately.
“eBay and Craigslist are doing the right thing in stopping the sale of scalped tickets to one of our nation’s most sacred events,” Schumer said in a statement. “I hope that everyone who has an Inaugural ticket will think twice before posting these tickets on any ticket resale site.”
Inauguration tickets are typically made available to the public through the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives. Although not meant for resale, these tickets can easily resell for hundreds to thousands of dollars on eBay and Craigslist, making them very sought-after for online sellers. Even anti-counterfeiting measures have been put in place to help reduce the problem of fake tickets being produced.
StubHub, one of the leading online marketplaces for buying and selling tickets, has already blocked its users from reselling inauguration tickets.
What do you think of ban on Inauguration tickets? Fair or unfair?