The Pope in Philly

Didn’t get a free pope ticket? They’re already on Craigslist for $300 a pop

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A little more than an hour after free tickets for Pope Francis’ speech at Independence Hall “sold” out, dozens are already being offered on Craigslist for $75-$300 each.

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The quick appearance of tickets on Craigslist shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The free pope tickets became available at noon today and sold out within two minutes. According to the World Meeting of Families, the Eventbrite website on which tickets were available experienced 394,000 unique page views, meaning nearly 400,000 people were angling for the tickets.

SEPTA papal passes were being offered last month on Craigslist, too. But they didn’t sell out, and demand for them on Craigslist was likely minimal.

Not everyone on Craigslist is trying to turn a profit, though. Some guy named Devin is giving away four tickets for free. He wants people to apply for them and will share them with two pairs who provide the best response for why they deserve the tickets.