The Arizona Desert Lamp

Markets in everything, commencement edition

Posted in Campus, Politics, Uncategorized by Evan Lisull on 9 April 2009

Obama For SaleAnd they said capitalism was dead:

Some graduating ASU students — allowed by the school to invite up to six guests — apparently are selling their guest tickets to the May 13 commencement at Sun Devil Stadium. Sellers generally are asking $60 to $100 apiece on craigslist.org, and they’re auctioning tickets on eBay. Others are selling by word of mouth.

. . .

One student told CNN affiliate KPHO-TV that he sold two tickets for $225. One of the craigslist.org ads claimed the writer wanted “a 30 pack of Bud Light for each ticket.” [Going rate at the local Circle K: $24.99 – EML]

The man who spoke to CNN said no one has yet bitten on his offer of $75, but he has a friend who sold six tickets at $50 apiece.

Naturally, Michael Crow is none too pleased:

The university, which isn’t selling tickets, is not amused. Seniors who are selling the tickets instead of inviting guests are robbing other people connected to ASU — returning students, faculty and staff — of the chance to see Obama, university spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said.

Tickets not claimed by graduating students by April 18 will be offered free to the rest of the ASU community, Keeler said.

“When students are selling their tickets, they’re taking away from the ability of someone else from the university community to go,” she said.

A notice on ASU’s Web site warns that selling the tickets would be a violation of the school’s student code of conduct. The school is monitoring the online advertisements, and anyone caught would be referred to the university’s judicial system, Keeler said.

Hat tip to the inestimable Tyler Cowen for the title.

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  1. Laura Donovan said, on 9 April 2009 at 10:33 pm

    When there’s a will, there’s a way. Many students don’t have huge families or graduation attendees, so I see no problem with selling tickets to graduation. For once, ASU students were smart about something. I’m only kidding 😛

  2. Ben Kalafut said, on 10 April 2009 at 5:29 am

    Yes, he’s my invited guest–he’s a good guy–he just gave me $247. Met him on the Internet.

  3. […] by Connor Mendenhall on 14 April 2009 Pity the poor Sun Devils. After chastising students for selling tickets to Barack Obama’s upcoming commencement address, Arizona State University spokeswoman Sharon […]


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