bradtem wrote:Scalpers do raise prices.
No they don't. The only thing that raises a price is willingness to pay coupled with supply and demand. The fact that people pay a higher price has nothing to do with scalping; it has to do with people valuing the commodity at a higher price than it was originally offered.
The point is that identity based tickets still leave people out because it's not a solution for the real problem ... the demand problem.
People mention the nice weather which potentially lessened attrition. I won't pretend to do well with numbers, but add 40% 2012 virgins along with let's say 10% 2011 dormant burners who are reburning based off any number of reasons from weather to the economy. If the attrition rate from 2011 was say 20%, the 2012 event would be 130% over capacity.
If there is a better anecdotal stat for attrition, that would be interesting. I just made 20% up as a 'low' number accounting for 'nice weather'.