knowmad wrote:gthat's the rub, these are not small problems they are event threatening problems.
The kind of person who has alot of mony to throw at thier ticket, are about the same type of person that will show up and watch, and not participate.
Absolute unsubstantiated bullshit. The only reason BM's tickets cost what they do is to cover the cost of the infrastructure of the event itself, as well as some funding for some art projects. Everything else that creates BM is fueled by private means, most of which are substantially more than the cost of a ticket, even at high scalping prices.
There is no correlation between means and participation
they will share thier drugs and booze, complain about "free loaders" don't bring art cars or even ask thier neighbor if running the genni (on thier rental RV) at 2:00AM. soon all the folks that want to go will. only all the types of people that bring things (Art, MutantsV's, Theme camps, ect....)
These statements aren't even congruent with your previous ones. Now those scalper-price paying ticket holders are going to complain about the uncontributing "freeloaders" who do nothing more than... uh... spectate? So who is the problem now?
But more to the point: no, it's not an event threatening problem. Don't you remember? This is the very first year that BM has ever sold out.
This is the first year
that scalpers were able to sell tickets above direct-at-gate prices. How can you even make such unsubstantiated claims
as to the effects of these so-called "chronic" problems when there is not a single instance in history
that can back that claim up?
Nor were this year's circumstances even that problematic. People had 6-8 months to get their tickets before they sold out. It was hardly a mad scramble to get tickets, and the "scalpers" this year were just the people who paid a little more attention to the signs that it would sell out. If people missed out, too fucking bad. It's like missing a spot on an airliner because you tried to buy your ticket too late. Scalpers didn't cause that problem, demand and procrastination did.
This is a small problem. It doesn't need "fixes" now, because there aren't any chronic problems to fix. All this may even blow over next year when the new permit is in place. Watch as this year's problems stem from a strict enforcement of ticket number controls.