If you're interested in attending the only Inaugural Ball open to the general public that is sure to be visited by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the night of January 21, you better be ready to pay up if you don't already have a ticket.
People who got general admission tickets for $60 are asking for more than $4,000 on third-party websites like GreatSeats.com.
"That's gouging," says College Park's Kirk Williams, who planned to propose to his girlfriend of 20 months at the Gala planned for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. "I feel like Cinderfella. I can't go to the ball now."
"You know there's always a dreamer out there that puts it at $4,000, and if he gets it, God bless him," says Danny Matta of GreatSeats.com. "But truthfully, the right price on most of the ball tickets is probably in the $1,500 to $2,000 range."
All this compounded by the fact Ticketmaster, handling the distribution of tickets to the Inaugural Parade and one of two White House-sanctioned balls, accidentally sold the tickets hours before it was supposed to Monday.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that is planning the parade and two official inaugural balls says tickets to its events may not be sold, resold or offered for resale unless expressly authorized by PIC.
A committee spokesperson says they are reaching out to ticket brokers with a warning for their customers that tickets may be revoked at any time for any reason in the sole discretion of the PIC.