This is not last year: this year there wasn't as much ticket uncertainty and hoarding as the previous year. There is not the same glut of extra tickets from people trying to offload them. People also seemed to mistakenly believe that they could find a ticket at the last moment, even as close as buying from people while waiting in the gate line.
Last year was nothing like the year before: it was the first year after the first sell-out of tickets. BMOrg was still figuring out how to fight potential scalpers and ticket scarcity and introduced the lottery system. People hoarded tickets and some tried to scalp them. In the end people had more tickets on hand than they needed and there was a deluge of ticket offers in August.
The year before that was, at the end, nothing like the year before: the first sell-out in Burning Man history. Suddenly people were hit with the prospect of having to pay people other than BMOrg for tickets -- possibly at inflated prices. Before then, nobody would even buy tickets for more than face value.
So if you're expecting things to be like before, they aren't. They never will be.
"The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law." -- Christopher Hitchens
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