A day before President Barack Obama gives his farewell speech in Chicago, free tickets to the event are selling for upwards of $5,000 on eBay and Craigslist.
Others are offering to trade things such as “Hamilton” musical tickets for the tickets that were doled out for free. Hundreds of tickets were on sale online, most selling for at least $300.
Allison Ward’s creativity paid off. She offered a 40-inch TV in exchange for a ticket, and got a buyer via Craigslist Monday afternoon. “I am having them send me photos of their tickets so I can check them out and their barcodes before we meet up in person, so I can be safe about it,” she said.
Early Saturday, thousands stood in line during single-digit temperatures for a chance to get tickets. Many did not get tickets. The White House did not disclose how many tickets were given away.
“Some of the prices seem pretty crazy, but then again it’s for the president, last time speaking,” said Kelly Parker, who did not get a ticket despite standing in line for the tickets….