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Clintons Turn to Groupon to Spur Tour Ticket Sales

In a sign of just how slow ticket sales have been for Bill and Hillary Clinton’s speaking tour, they have turned to an online discount site to avoid having to face near empty venues, according to Fox News.

Discounted tickets for at least nine “An Evening with The Clintons” events have appeared on the Groupon website, which offers discounted deals on activities, goods and services. On Monday, discounted tickets were being offered in a number of Democratic friendly locations, including New York, Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston.

Among the deals: Tickets to an April 11 talk at the Beacon Theatre in New York – normally priced $287 – are going for $145 on Monday. Tickets to an April 12 Detroit talk, originally listed for $220.70, are going for $95. And tickets in Philadelphia for an April 12 talk have been reduced from $208.20 to $85.

The Groupon is apparently working: Tickets to a May 4 appearance in Inglewood, Calif., that were normally priced $77 and reduced to $35 a pop were sold out by Monday.

The Clinton’s were scheduled to appear in Houston on December 4 but postponed the event to attend President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.  Hillary Clinton tweeted that the couple will be back in 2019 but with third-party sites listing tickets for as low as $7 before the postponement it remains to be seen whether or not they will actually reschedule.

As New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote last week about the tour, “What is the point?”