BBadger wrote:Damn, that $380 average ticket price is about $60 higher than I expected, increasing about $55 above the previous average. While I'm sure the costs do go up over time, the "we don't use sponsors/ads" reason is nothing new; so it doesn't explain a price increase with a comparable population. The comparison to other event pricing excuse is also pretty lame, and is more of a rationalization as it has never been a driving force behind BM ticket pricing. Also, they should at least update the After Burn report and Financials data with last year's totals (or even 2011's) before citing it.
They need to come up with something better. Hell, I'd even be content with: "We ain't got no added costs. We're just increasing prices in response to demand [to keep out the weekenders]." GOOD reasons.
Oh and yeah, glad we're returning to basics with the ticket sales.
I can only speak on the events I have helped plan, organise and oversee. We were required in some places to have X amount of paid security for every X number of people. I don't know if BMorg has certain rules they need to adhere to. This is just my expereince, which adds cost with each additional body that we sold tickets for.
With added people at my events we also needed X number of extra volunteers, which we provide food, uniforms and such for. With more volunteers you need more comm. devices which equate to added rental fees (which shot up for us in 2012 over in NY). We also need to provide X number of additional portapotties, which mean added servicing costs with the additional attendees and volunteers. I am not saying that BMorg has to adhere to these same rules. This is just my experience.
Lastly a larger event requires more staff to properly oversee it. We are adding additional staffers to maintain and grow our events. More staffers cost us more money. My org. relies primarily on sponsorships. I can only imagine what we would do without our sponsors in our case.
As I mentioned I am not saying that this is what BMorg does or that my orgs situation is identical to theirs. I am just offering up situations that I have seen first hand when organizing events for a 501c3.
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