I agree with Igor - and others that have said the same.igor47 wrote:
i think tickets should be non-special -- just a printout and a barcode. this would make them easy to transfer between people who trust each other, and would make it impossible to buy from scalpers or other people you don't trust. right now, we don't have any clue just how many tickets scalpers are sitting on, but we do know that lots of people don't have tickets and the uncertainty is causing chaos for theme camps and art creators. anything we can do to remove an element of uncertainty would help.
changing the way tickets are sold is going to require using technology. this is the same technology gate already uses for EA passes. i think it could be done. that is all.
I don't think some of you realize the technology that Borg already has at the event. There are wireless networks used by rangers and dmv, etc. These things have been happening for years.
Yes, make the ticket non-special. Yes, the golden tickets are cool - right on, once your barcode is authenticated to you, you'll receive your golden ticket! Yes!
Why I feel this would help THIS YEAR is that, if Borg made it known that tickets could not be exchanged except thru the STEP system, and not for a profit, you just WATCH all the idiots that speculated on turning a buck start turning them in for a refund before they lose their ass. And then we can buy them.
Now, we can't be sure how many tickets have or have not been scalped, but I think we would all feel better if we knew that EVERYTHING possible was being done to make sure that at least most of the tickets that are available become available soon thru STEP.
If they are right and the overwhelming demand is genuine, this won't help too much, but I have a feeling that a significant % ofthe demand is not real. And by significant, I think even 5% would be pretty significant.