I like the idea that there is a cheaper alternative for people who really need it. Sure, some people may abuse it, but that's true of any system. Just the extra hurdle of having to apply probably weeds out a lot of people. Also, making it available after the low tier tickets are gone makes people who really can afford the extra $80 go that route.
Just my opinion. The ticket has always been less than half my costs, anyhow. Food and booze are far more expensive. I have yet to go without booze, or with just Ramen, so even when I self-identified as "poor" I guess I found a way to scrounge up some disposable income.
Marscrumbs wrote:Some people live a burning alternate lifestyle all year around helping to create the new society rather than one week yuppie partiers. They certainly deserve a break. Are they still giving Indians cheap tickets too?
The people that live the burning alternate lifestyle all year that I'm aware of work their buns off. Generally, they get paid for that work, or they get a free ticket for that work. Nothing about Burning Man means not working, to me. Heck, it's the vacation we take where we work harder than we do when we're at "work", right?
vargaso wrote:I know Burning Man is basically one big social engineering experiment (my favorite one!), but man, trying to social-engineer the ticketing process doesn't seem to be working out too well. Not explaining the low-income ticket buying process until later just so some people won't use that option when they don't necessarily have to? That's an odd decision. Look, I know lots of people on here seem consider ANY criticism of BMORG policies as whining or somehow less than "radically self-reliant," but you have to admit, they've really complicated what should be a simple process, and jacked up the prices to boot. In any case, of course I'm still going, but boy, this is interesting.
If your measure of success is "no criticism", then the Org sucks at everything. I swear, they could fart and have ten people tell them how they should have done it better.
Since we are just barely starting the ticketing process now, I don't know what else you're basing your opinion that it isn't working out too well. Let's have patience and see what happens.