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Scalping the Inauguration

Even at this late date, if you really, really want to go to Obama’s inauguration, all you have to do is cough up $500 on Craigslist. That’s what Politico is reporting, anyway. It seems the free distribution of 240,000 tickets has gone awry, with “a thriving gray market” springing up as dozens of entrepreneurial types sell their passes and try to elude congressional staffers. “You can’t stop supply and demand,” a professor of economics at George Mason University tells Politico. “Furthermore, I suspect most of these people don’t really feel they are doing anything wrong in reselling the tickets. It’s not as if they are condemning orphans to starvation.”