Ebay And Craigslist Users Were Selling Tickets For $5,000 For President Obama’s Free Farewell Speech In Chicago.
The high demand for tickets to witness President Barack Obama’s historic farewell address has prompted some money-hungry folks to sale some tickets for $5,000 on eBay and Craigslist.
Free tickets to witness Obama deliver his final presidential speech on Tuesday at Chicago’s McCormick Place were available on a first-come, first serve basis Saturday morning.
Thousands waited for hours in single-digit temperatures to try to snag a ticket.
People began lining up well before sunrise for Saturday’s 8am ticket distribution, saying they want to show their appreciation and soak in the final moments of his history-making presidency.
But because of the high demand for tickets, some folks started selling them online.
Dozens of tickets were seen on eBay and Craigslist by Sunday.
Some were as low as $300 and as high as $5,000, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Steve Bernas, the president of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, told the newspaper that people should ‘stay away from anyone selling these tickets’.