Ok, how about this: (apologies if this has been suggested in a myriad of similar forms - I've just got up and cba to trawl the whole thread again) - just trying to come up with something creative to address the lottery bollox. This doesn't address the numbers..that's a different game altogether...
1. All tickets already have a barcode. Scan it into the same database that you already use to store orders in and attach it to a name - There's a degree of hand-wringing from the BORG about how hard having names on tix will make it for everybody to do shit - Not sure what shit (I think they mean it will be a logistical and costly enterprise for them but are just being coy
) So each ticket has no name, but is tied to a person who actually PAID for it with whatever payment method they have. Enough with this credit card only shit, please..What's wrong with bank transfer or paypal?? Unless, that is, you want all the money NOW. That is a whole different issue afaic
2. Make the tix all the same price, say $320-360 (either or, not between - I dunno what the BORG needs to survive and thrive - they need to choose), bar the existing LIP - perhaps extend it a bit as there always seems to be a lot of ppl saying that they are low income and they always find it hard to find the limited tix, or can't get it together in time to fill out the forms or whatever; that has to stay. Why there are varying prices I do not know..Extend LIP for those that can't afford the main price. How many LIP tix go out now? Double it. BORG do the math. Make it work on prices. Surely that's the easy bit, no?
3. Allow up to four tix in the main sale per person. remember, they have YOUR name/number on them, and crucially, a number that any potential re-purchaser (if they're not gifted) can check on that very same database to see who it was sold to if it is a scalped (higher than face value) ticket..(It is my understanding that "scalping" is legal in NV - it is no longer scalping at that point; it is re-selling.) If it is a dodgy ticket, report it to the BORG, they can (legally - even in NV) rescind it, and the "reporter" can get that same ticket at a slightly (say $20 off) reduced price plus shipping. The reduction encourages ppl to shop a perp and the amount surely wouldn't hurt the BORG too much? I dunno..play with the figures a bit but make an incentive, whatever it is..PPl will always
buy from scalpers if a) they can afford it and b) they have no tix and it's getting time to get the gold lame on..make it a more level playing field.
This crucially places the burden of checking back onto the punter (precludes any whining from the BORG re too much hassle/time/manpower). Go get a good web designer on it..SF has some of the best in the world. You can afford it..There are a load of ways this particular piece of the jigsaw could be placed.
if a ticket is tied (in any way) to a person, surely it is much less likely that that person is going to try and profit from it if there is any risk of them losing their initial outlay altogether.
You wouldn't need to get the tix checked at the gate; by that time it's too late and would add a whole heap of shit onto already stretched gaters. The system has to work before the event, not during..
Will Call wouldn't need to change as it is never going to be a source of scalped tix - I do think that offering some kind of postal concession to non-US burners would be a good gesture..I have no problem with paying an extra $25 for USPS signed-for international mail and I know all of the other non-USers would go for that (probably - perhaps some ppl like Will Call!)
I don't know about limited-time access in and out..Some ppl come a looong way and have lots of balls in the air to juggle (not speaking only of international burners, but anyone who has a life!) I think the ability to arrive and leave when you like is (a small) part of the allure - please spare me the "hasn't seen the temple burn/done the full week isn't a true burner" crock. The BORG already makes it unattractive to leave site during the main event via the early exit fees..leave it at that..
Anyway, my 2p's worth..feel free to ruthlessly pick it apart and point me to the other ten posts that say the exact same thing LOL..Obv, the "solution" offered here regarding the actual mechanism of distibution doesn't address the issue of scarcity in the first instance. I have no answer for that. It's the way of all cool, worthwhile things. It is no longer an underground event..sad, but true..but then underground can often turn internecine at the first sign of trouble, as we have seen on these boards..