My BM budget this year is roughly 2.5k. I'll be driving in from, and back to, Pennsylvania, building a new shade structure, better tent, booze, food, odds and ends, ticket, etc.
It's money I've earned.
I could spend that type of cash in ten minutes in Vegas, or in an hour in a strip club, or for three days on a big boat with a lot of people I'm almost certain to loathe to their cores.
I choose not to.
I choose to spend it on a unique experience that I'll never forget or regret. For me, it's money well spent.
Frankly, if a nice pie graph was presented showing how/where my cash was going and why it was needed, I'd very gladly pay 1k for a ticket with a shit eating grin on my face.
From the financial stuff I've seen, I think the ticket prices are fair. Of course BM has to be run from a business standpoint. People with good business skills run towns big and small, and Black Rock is no different than any other town.
You want a stable ticket price year-to-year? Open the event to vendors who pay a fee relevant to their sales. Kind of like a tax base... and taxes SUCK!
Things cost more all the time, every year. Fact of life. Deal with it.
"'They' need to fix this bike." -unknown
"No, 'they' don't. YOU need to see what can be done to fix it. I will help you if you wish it of me." -Beest, somewhere on Athens, late week, 2010