It shouldn't be hard doing it in person.
It gets harder with long distance, which is the case for most of us.
You should be aware that not all long term burners will act like that off the playa, for what ever reasons.
Time, disinterest, too busy detting ready for next year (actually heard that ), etc
We have maybe 50 burners out of a million people here, so you'd think people would be eager to talk, but no.
It can be quite odd.
Personally I was eager to talk about it before I went, still happy to.
I no longer care at all if non-burners get it at all, but anyone interested, is different.
Just don't be too shocked, if you don't get this friendly reception.
Even using paypal or other protection, no one wants a scam to tie their money up, and even an hoinestly lost in shipping ticket can do that.
I've never had a ticket lost in transit, coming or going, but I'm sure it happens.
Generally people want to talk about it, or are willing to, if reluctantly.
Talked for hours with the guy in L.A.
Some people selling tickets may be understandably bummed.
Just as on the playa, if someone has been before, a few quick questions will make it obvious if they know anything about it.
The worst scammers know nothing about burning man.
There are tales of someone having a ticket, or access to one and selling it over and over.
I have never heard if they could talk about it, but stories indicate this.
I have never even heard of a locally offered burning man ticket here.
I think I put my last one on cl.
L.A. and possibly anywhere on the west coast may be easy to find local tickets.
It becomes a rare thing in other areas.
This may amuse someone.
I've sold two tickets to people in reno.
You'd think it would be easy to find them there.
One to L.A.
Shipped it to him faster than he could have made arrangements to drive across town.
In the rare case of having a ticket for a friend ( who still hasn't made it due to work), I delivered the ticket in reno after driving 2000+ miles.
I was almost suspicious that anyone in reno wanted a ticket.
They preferred delivery and that worked out fine.