Michael Jackson’s public memorial service is tomorrow, Tuesday (July 7), and it is set to be the hottest ticket in Los Angeles, so much so people are selling their tickets for a reported $9,000 a pop.
Despite efforts to keep people from profiting, scalpers have found a way, and tickets have showed up on several online classified ads sites such as Craiglist, as well as auction sites like eBay.
According to a report from CNN.com, many fans are filing complaints, because they say sales of the tickets are just inappropriate.
“You people trying to sell these tickets should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves,” said a Craigslist user in a post Monday morning. “Please flag all of these money-grabbing opportunists … if you’re a true MJ fan you won’t give money to these parasites.”
8,750 pairs of tickets were made available via an online lottery to win tickets for the Tuesday morning memorial at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Some of the tickets for sale on ebay were selling for as high as $15,000, while one pair of tickets attracted a bid of $275,000, although it was unclear if it was a serious offer.
Both eBay and Craigslist have taken steps to thwart the ticket sellers.
By Monday afternoon (July 6) listings for “Michael Jackson memorial tickets” on eBay only included a handful, and the site was removing them shortly after they appeared.
On Craigslist, users can flag ads they find inappropriate, and after receiving enough negative flags, the listing is automatically removed from the site. Many of the listings for MJ tickets were removed shortly after posting, reports CNN.
A total of 1.6 million people registered for the available tickets. Police are expecting as many as 700,000 people to swarm the area, despite the fact that the memorial will not be shown on the screens outside the venue.