drutter wrote:5280MeV wrote:The STUBHUB user agreement refers to this type of item as a "SPECULATIVE TICKET ". (section 2.1a(III)
The good thing is that out of what is likely now over 20,000 tickets distributed, there are only 80 on Stubhub. That is under 0.5%.
Only 80 right now, yeah, but many have already sold. And there are MANY websites like it, some with a lot more than 80. And thousands on eBay, Craiglist, and other auction/classified sites. And offline as well.
As many as 5-10% of all 2012 Burning Man tickets could be scalped, and I bet you that every single one of them will end up in the hands of some eager Burner before the end of August. Some will have paid as much as $1000 or more for each ticket.
It's too early to be sure, but it's shaping up to be the best year for tickets scalpers in the history of the event.
It's not surprising that this is going to be the most scalped year of the event. Last year was the first ever sell-out. Suddenly there is a notion of scarcity where before for the last 25 years, there hasn't been. That opens the door to speculators. People looking to buy low and sell high.
That being said, Scalpers are at this point a boogey man. The reason you likely didn't get a ticket was because of your friends and neighbors overbuying tickets. This on the surface is sad and awful... but UNDER the surface... your friend and neighbor has likely prevented that ticket from making its way into a scalpers pocket.
I WILL CAVEAT: As long as your friends and neighbors use the STEP program, the ticket will find its way to you, before it is ever printed. If your friend and neighbor sells on CL at face value... it will likely be resold to another on of your friends and neighbors for much more.