I really hate it when people assume and generalize.
Some of those who "make more than others" are saddled with supporting families and relatives.
Many home owners in California(I am not qualified to comment on other states) have additional expenses that renters will never have to deal with.
Students who pay their own way have their own set of funding issues and priorities which must be met.
Some of those who attend feel the desire to contribute to the overall experience of everyone else.
Because some of us have complex lives others should not assume a simple generalization can adequately describe their situations.
Please, I prefer to judged based on my actions and not on the assumptions of others. And I will always feel that I'm being included in blanket generalizations.
The job I have now wasn't handed to me, I had to educate myself and work within the bullshit system in order to get the job I have. I earned my current income through years of underpaid labor and accept that not everyone wants to take that path. I also feel that I'm still underpaid.
I do feel I sometimes spend my income on unnecessary items or services. But I also feel that giving my spare change to someone asking for a handout, supporting Political Parties(Republicans, Democrats, Scientologists, Mormons, Catholics, Baptists or any other organized church.), spending money for cable TV, or tipping for mediocre service, is a waste of my money.
However, I have learned that I should never not hold my values up to other people and expect the same from them. There is no right or wrong at this level only different paths.
What it comes down to is this, If the cost of going isn't worth it to you then don't.
I didn't attend for over six years because it either conflicted with my job as a wilderness fire fighter for the USDA Forest Service or my schooling. If you go, then accept that you share a common bond with everyone else attending and forget your differences. At least until they prove otherwise.
Ticket prices are one thing, people making a profit off of them is another. If no one purchased a ticket over the printed price(plus actual cost of shipping) on the ticket then the scalpers wouldn't bother with them. But as long as people are willing to pay recockulous prices then the price will continue to rise to meet the demand.
May Shai-Hulud clear the path for you.
Over here sand blows; over there sand blows.
Over there a rich man waits; over here I wait.Secrets give birth to more secrets