On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York proudly announced both Craigslist and eBay had agreed to do all they could to stop the scalping of inauguration tickets online.
"This year's Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies are not for sale," Schumer, a co-chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said in a statement.
But while eBay seems to have erased most of the offenders from its site, scalpers appear to be proliferating on Craigslist Friday, with tickets to the inauguration ceremony being hawked for hundreds of dollars. These same tickets were originally given out for free to the general public.
Craigslist did not respond to a request for comment from Whispers on why dozens of scalped ticket listings still appeared. But eBay told Whispers the listings were in violation of their ticket policy, which states sales of tickets to free events are generally not allowed. A similar policy does not appear to exist on Craigslist, which simply cautions users who want to scalp tickets they may see their listing flagged by other users.
Craigslist has an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau, a national nonprofit for ethical business practices, which BBB President in D.C. Edward Johnson says is due to Craigslist's lack of regulation of its scammers and scalpers.
In addition to selling overpriced inauguration tickets, opportunists on Craigslist are also asking hundreds of dollar for inaugural ball tickets, a spot in the inaugural parade, and even parking.