beef wrote:As burners we need to accept that the ticketing process happens in the outside world as entry to our world. What this means is that scalpers/speculators etc. will attempt to profit from any supply/demand imbalance.
matt_freedman wrote:Totally agree with your proposed solution. I've used will-call for many years and had no problem at the gate. I show them my ID, it is matched to my name in the database, and they hand me my ticket. I also bring along the printout of my confirmation email just in case there is an issue.
Making the tickets a single price is totally reasonable given how the current tier system is not serving any rational purpose (other than allowing scalpers to reap larger profits). The lower tier prices were supposed to reward veteran Burners who could commit early and lacked resources. These folks would be better served through a separate mechanism -- a tranche of low-income/artist/scholarship/performer reduced price tickets that are available only through an application process. These tickets should be hard-coded to the applicant and non-transferrable.
The result of the lottery was entirely predictable. I talked with a friend who trades on Wall Street and he broke out laughing, saying that he could have predicted this result after reviewing the system for less than 5 minutes. Didn't the BMORG folks make any efforts to understand how the market would respond? Didn't they realize that veteran Burners would only submit for their own needs while scalpers employed armies of drone accounts to scoop up tickets that are literally a no-lose financial proposition?
Patamon wrote:The whole ticket madness could have been easily solved by doing this instead...
#1: Same price, no tiers. Make the tickets all the same price. If your money is so tight that you cant go because you need to save $80 on a ticket, then you probably shouldn't be going in the first place.
#2: Make it a REGISTERED event, not a TICKETED event. i.e. use the same method that they use at Conventions etc. You pay $350 (or whatever) and you are now Registered for Burning Man. You'll get your Registration thingy with barcode and name (like EE passes) in the mail, and that pass is good for YOU and YOU only. Cannot be sold or traded.
#3: First come, first serve. Since you can now only register FOR YOURSELF, there will be far less of an inital speculative demand. and dickheads like ebay and stubhub will no longer be able to scam people.
#4: Once the REGISTRATIONS are maxed out (60K, whatever) registration is closed.
#5: If you have to cancel, you have until July 31st to cancel and get a refund.
#6: From August 1st, to August 20th, 2nd round Registration is open (again first come first serve) based upon the number of cancelations. so if 4,000 people canceled, that opens up 4,000 new slots.
#7: On August 20th, no more registrations.
#8: Bring your ID and Form to the playa, and you're good to go. If your a hippy who cant deal with having an ID, see #1 above.
Badda bing. problem solved. Thankyou, I charge no fee for saving Burning Man, just get me fucked up on the playa.
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