I won't give you (too much of) my sob story. Long term friends that used to live on this part of the world, who now on the other (Europe) are going this year. I'm just now getting out of a pretty shit marriage -- so shit I've never been invited to anything since I didn't show up to a wedding in the group. So, I didn't bother with the initial lottery. Due to my recent paradigm shift in life, I really can't think of a better way to spend 8 days.
From what I've read, which isn't too extensive, but a bit, STEP is not an option for me. That leaves 1: Outside of STEP for a place like here (unlikely), or 2: Scalp.
I know scalping is frowned upon, but does anyone think the odds of getting a non-scalped ticket are worth bothering? It seems the demand FAR outweighs the supply. I've had a brutal year financially, but I have my job, and I'm in no danger of being thrown out on the streets (for now anyway). As all participants in my group would be coming from 5,000 miles away or more, there's a huge chance it won't happen again for ages, if ever.
Don't know what the hell I'm looking for w/ this thread.
. My situation is really no better or worse than anyone else's. I just want to go, and have no ticket. I know that scalping goes against the idea of the event, but if I buy a scalped ticket, doesn't that better the odds for someone worse off financially? Decisions, decisions.