Selling more tickets would help at first, but the math would catch up. The more tickets sold, the more new burners created, the higher the demand is next year. It can be frustrating, but it is what it is. Burning Man is a victim of it's own success.
WileE13 - The number of tickets that can be sold is directly related to the limits put on the event by the BLM. There is a permit issued which dictates the maximum number of people that can be at BM at one time.
I. The maximum authorized population (also referred to as the "population cap") at any point in time
during the 2016 event is 70,000 paid participants. The population cap does not include volunteers,
government personnel, emergency service providers, vendors, and contractors. Black Rock City LLC
("BRC") is required to keep the maximum population of the event from exceeding this population cap.
Consequences to BRC for exceeding the population cap may include, but are not limited to, a finding of
non-compliance; suspension or cancellation of this permit per 43 C.F.R. § 2932.56; a monetary or other
penalty per 43 C.F.R. § 2932.57; denial of subsequent application(s) fora SRP per43 C.F.R. § 2932.26;
and/or imposition of additional terms and conditions in subsequent years' permits (if granted) that are
designed to keep the event population within the maximum authorized population, consistent with 43
C.F .R. §§ 2932.26 and 2932.41. The Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") reserves the right to assess
additional cost recovery for any costs the BLM incurs as a result of any population exceedances, per 43
C.F.R. § 2932.31.
The above is from the August 2, 2016 the Bureau of Land Management issued one-year permit for the Burning Man event. https://z9hbb3mwou383x1930ve0ugl-wpengi ... 2-2016.pdf
Before the event sold out, there was never a concern about getting a ticket. That all changed it 2011.
The ticket selling process since then has been what we will politely call contentious. The problem is quite simple, more people than tickets. NO system will ever be seen by everyone as fair when this is the case.
I have no good ideas on how to improve the ticket availability situation. Perhaps is Burning Man was harder it would help.