DTV coupon sales go underground

January 21, 2009 6:32:42 PM PST
The federal government has run out of DTV coupon money, so those applying for one are now being put on a wait list and that is creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs.

Log onto Craigslist and you will see quite a few consumers asking for a free coupon. And, a few consumers will want to give one away.

Many posters are being careful to make sure their cards are used properly and there is a good reason for concern.

One person on Craigslist is willing to pay $10 for a free DTV coupon. Another person who is selling writes "Make me an offer." Another ad for a DTV coupon has an asking price of $25.

This is not only happening online. Check out Un Plaza in San Francisco.

It is illegal to sell these cards and when they pop on eBay and Craigslist they do not last long before being taken down.

If you get on the wait list now you will in all likelihood get a card. So, there is no reason to buy one.

Also, the new Obama administration wants to hand $650 million to the transition. So, more coupons could be available soon.

There are less than 28 days until we make the switch to digital television. If you do not have cable, satellite, or a digital television you will need a converter box.

To get a coupon call 1-888-CALL-FCC or visit