Brianna_Beauty413 wrote:This might not be a welcoming post but...most big camps already put thousands of dollars into their establishments. In that case I don't understand why paying one hundred or two hundred dollars more for a ticket would be that big of a problem. So make a couple of changes to your camps, maybe it won't have as many lights or as big of speakers but you'll still be there. I also understand that you might not want to buy from scalpers - but if it comes down to it and you really want to go - you'll do anything.
I believe you are right, that many dedicated burners will go the scalper route. I operate on an average of $4000 negative cashflow per year on the burn by the time I put my camp together and upgrade art/mutant vehicles/infrastructure, and I have already sunk $4000 in camp infrastructure this year. I would say that the $4K plus 12 months of steady preparation, fundraising, and bloody knuckles from building stuff makes me a dedicated burner. But I won't buy from scalpers as a matter of principle.
I will sooner sell the 18KW diesel generator, shade structures, multiple RV's and trailers off to start recovering what I can. I have been waiting on tickets to see how much I should sink on art/art cars, because I had little faith that the lottery would work. My fears were confirmed; unless something spectacular happens regarding ticket availability it is the end of our camp, because none of us will go through scalpers and we don't particularly want to endorse such a broken system with our dollar votes. The 2 groovy art cars and all the playa services and gifts we had planned? Canned.
Will Burning Man miss me as I pack up my toys and go home? I am not narcissistic enough to believe that. But BM will miss the hundreds of others like me when attendees see that the really ambitious camps, cars, and installations have dried up and blown away.
The road of life is littered with flat squirrels who couldn't decide.