Ticket prices for a speaking tour that former president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, first lady, and two-time failed presidential contender, embarked on recently have plummeted and are available on Groupon.
The tickets available on the popular coupon website are heavily discounted, despite the venues being in locations that are primarily Democratic, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston.
A pair of tickets for the event at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 11, 2019, has been slashed from $686 to $350 on Groupon, 49 percent off the original price.
Tickets for the event at the Met Philadelphia on April 13, 2019, have dropped from $208 to $85, or 59 percent off.
In another case, tickets for a tour stop in Inglewood, California in May 2019, have been slashed by 59 percent on Groupon.
The tickets started at $175.15 but are now available for $72 for the May 4, 2019 event. Tickets at The Forum, which holds 17,000 people, also had $77 tickets going for $35 and $120 tickets going for $50.
According to a description of the tour, the Clintons have “built one of the most influential political dynasties in American history” and the duo was going to “discuss important moments in their political careers and their road to shaping key policies, from Bill’s two-term presidency to Hillary’s historical run for presidency in 2016.”
The tour is on break for the next few months before kicking off again in April.
‘Slashed to Single Digits’
The Groupon deals come after New York Times op-ed writer Maureen Dowd attended a Clinton stop at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and reported that the venue was mostly empty.
She paid $177 a ticket but said prices had dropped ahead of the event to two-for-the price-of-one in half the arena.
“The hockey rink is half curtained off, but even with that, organizers are scrambling at the last minute to cordon off more sections behind thick black curtains, they say due to a lack of sales,” she wrote.
“On the day of the event, some unsold tickets are slashed to single digits.”
Obama, Trump Tours
The Clinton tour is a stark contrast to the popularity of Michelle Obama, former first lady, who has been speaking to big crowds on a tour promoting her new memoir “Becoming.”
Thousands of people attended a mid-November stop at the Capital One Arena. The venue was described as sold-out, though it wasn’t clear if the venue was full, as it holds some 20,000 people on nights the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals play.
Tickets for the month-long tour, ranged from $29.50 to $3,000. The latter included a meet-and-greet with the former first lady.
Additionally, President Donald Trump filled huge venues during his tour of the country ahead of the November midterm elections, including drawing some 18,000 in Houston, Texas with thousands more viewing the rally from outside the arena. Tickets for Trump’s tour were free.