I am a 10+ year straight Burner.
I waited too long and didn't get my ticket before the sell out last year . Through lots of due diligence I finally did procure one. But not until I went through a convoluted mill that was so anti-intuitive to non-com-modification, radical inclusion and what BM is about for me. Discouraged and may not go this year even though a friend won the lottery ( I entered & lost myself) and I have access to one ticket.
Last Year... there were a good number of extra tickets around after the sell out but all with a catch:
- Via Scalpers...I refused to pay scalpers price . I did offer to donate $100 above face to the sellers charity or good cause of choice, no takers
- Via others...
- I offered a ride and space in my RV at full, reduced or no cost and was willing to pay face value besides. I was "interviewed" and turned down by two potential riders, my RV was not luxurious enough, my armpits were too hairy, or whatever (sigh).
- Someone needed a driver for a large rig and had an extra ticket at face for a driver. I have a commercial license and fit the bill and promised a ticket. A day later pulled out from under me it went to someone else better qualified !? A driver with hairier or less hairy armpits perhaps ?
- Checked Craigslist every day, E-playa etc. I was not quick enough, no response
etc. etc. etc.
-Eventually I got a ticket via a theme camp, friends of friends that knew of my (ongoing) work on a Mutant Vehicle. At the same time I kept seeing tickets coming up and re-distributed in odd and creative ways. Some good some not so good. Also seems like a small surge of small tickets came available just days before the event.
What I am getting at is; hate to be a downer but do not believe STEP will do much good. Hoarders will still hoard until the last days and scalpers scalp. That said I IMPLORE anyone with extra tickets and no intention to scalp, PLEASE PLEASE simply release them to STEP early on no strings attached so others may plan, benefit. Trying to KEEP THE FAITH baby and good luck to all !
Stay hydrated my friend.