eBay and Craigslist Agree to Not Allow the Selling or Scalping of Tickets to Obama Presidential Inauguration

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Wondering where you can get tickets to President Obama’s inauguration? Well you can’t get tickets to the president’s inauguration on eBay or Craigslist, at least if eBay and Craigslist follow through on their promise to not allow anyone to sell or scalp tickets to Pres. Obama’s inauguration on either site.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was behind the push for the sites to disallow the sales, which are free for the public and distributed through congressional offices. Said Sen. Schumer, “This year’s Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies are not for sale. eBay and Craigslist are doing the right thing in stopping the sale of scalped tickets to one of our nation’s most sacred events. I hope that everyone who has an Inaugural ticket will think twice before posting these tickets on any ticket resale site. This is a chance for people from all 50 states to celebrate our democracy, not for ticket scalpers to make a quick buck.”

Schumer is the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), which released the inaugural tickets, clearly stating “Not for Sale,” on Monday. Senators got them by Tuesday and it did not take long for them to go from lawmakers’ hands to the hands of the public, and on to eBay and Craigslist for sale.

Schumer has been working directly with eBay and Craigslist since the scalping issue began and both sites agreed to put a stop to the sales in their own ways, with Craigslist committing to monitoring the site and removing any listings for the tickets, and eBay enforcing a policy that does not allow for the listings. Of course Craigslist and eBay users are creative, so it will probably not be long before they figure out a way around the bans.

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