Scalpers Are Losing Big Time — No One Wants To Pay Up For Inauguration

“Nobody wants to buy them,” one forlorn scalper said. “It looks like I'm stuck with them, I might even have to go.”


Donald Trump’s inauguration has put scalpers in a fix.

Trump will assume office on Jan. 20 as the most unpopular president in decades and many people — including “A” list celebrities and House Democrats — have announced their intention not to attend the oath taking ceremony. Judging from this trend, it seems it would have been wise not to buy extra tickets on the offchance someone might want them. But apparently Yossi Rosenberg did not get the memo.

The 36-year-old scalper from Upper Manhattan told the New York Daily News he bought a pair of inauguration tickets for $700 thinking he could resell them for twice the amount.

It seems, however, he is out of luck.

“Nobody wants to buy them,” Rosenberg said. “It looks like I'm stuck with them, I might even have to go.”

You can see Rosenberg’s devastated face in the picture above.

The scalper, who works in software sales and is, ironically, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said he sometimes flips tickets to earn some extra cash and thought he would buy Trump’s inauguration tickets because some wealthy Republican might buy them.

So he got a pair of tickets from Craigslist by a woman titled “Second Amendment activist” in Katonah, New York, and immediately sent out an advertisement on Craigslist and a notice on Facebook.

However, when no one responded, a desperate Rosenberg visited a few neo-Nazi websites, including the Daily Stormer, and offered his tickets. Even then, nobody expressed any interest.

“I thought they would be in demand,” Rosenberg said.

“I got offers before I got them, but then I get them and everybody balked,” he added.

Rosenberg is perhaps aiming for too high as many tickets for the inauguration were being sold for $175 each.

“Someone offered me $200 for the pair,” he said, well below what he was looking for. “I guess his approval ratings aren't that high, right?”

Rather than suffer huge losses on his tickets, the scalper said he would rather scrape up his savings and go to Washington to attend the ceremony.

“I never intended on going, I really thought I'd see some profit,” he said. “If I don't sell them for what I paid within 72 hours, I'm just going to go.”

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