Free Tickets to Bill de Blasio’s Inauguration Being Scalped For $100 on Craigslist


If you were planning on nursing a hangover on New Years Day instead of sitting in the freezing cold for two hours squinting at a cluster of figures in the middle distance, there’s still time to change your mind.

Free tickets to Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, released at noon on December 26, ran out within two hours. If you weren’t among the lucky 1,000 who procured a ticket, you can purchase one on Craigslist — just don’t expect it to come cheap.

Tickets to the ceremony at Gracie Mansion, presided over by former President Bill Clinton, are being offered at prices that range from $70 to $100.

Here’s the pitch from one enterprising New Yorker:

Be part of this historic event!

Selling 2 tickets, .pdf format, to the Mayoral Inauguration on January 1, 2014. I can no longer use them.

Best offer takes them. Willing to sell individually if the price is right. Emails without an offer will receive no reply.

As these are e-tickets, we can do this transaction over Paypal so that we are both protected.

These e-tickets were a pair of 1,000 “Silver” tickets released to the public. These tickets will entitle the bearer to the limited seating area in front of the City Hall steps.

You and your guest will each need a picture ID to show at security.

Doors at 10:30am. Starts at 12 noon.

This is for the inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Comptroller Scott Stringer. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to swear in de Blasio. His wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, is also scheduled to appear.

This ad will be removed once the tickets are gone. Please do not reply without an offer, or simply asking, “Are these still available?”


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