I'm sorry, but that is fundamentally incorrect, and you're jumping to speculative and unsubstantiated conclusions about how the future of BM will be. How or why are you trying to make a connection that scalping is going to lead to a change in how BM is operated? There is no connection. At all. The event retains its purity regardless if someone resells the tickets. BMorg isn't scalping the tickets, and the event is well funded and soaked with volunteers regardless of what public tickets are being sold in the market. If the event were suffering a shortage of volunteers, they could just reduce the bar that volunteers need to meet to get a ticket, or reduced price. If there were less demand on tickets, scalped tickets (should there even be a sell-out) would go down in price. It's self-regulating.graidawg wrote:So scalpers and individuals seeing BM as way to make money fucks it all up, will you give your time so somebody else can make $700 or more i bet the answer is no, but you will work for a decent wage, which will push the ticket price up to what it actually costs, someone do the math of what BM would cost if all the volounteers where paid for their time, even at minimum wage. I reckon what we would see would be BYE BYE BURNING MAN YOU HAD A GOOD RUN.
so in my opinion every one of the wankers thats pays over $360 (+shipping) is helping to destroy the very thing that they need to go to, because many of the people that go won't if they have to pay an extra $700 for a ticket because BMorg has to pay the volounteers next year or put up Tshirt stalls or just let people sell stuff (mcdonalds on the playa anyone?)
Furthermore, why the concentration on scalping? Are you equally outraged that stores in Reno bump up their prices in anticipation of the event? They're making extra profits because the event takes place. Are prices going up for BM because a supermarket in Reno bumps the prices on bottled water? Is BM tarnished? What exactly makes it any different with reselling at ticket? Because the cost premium just happens to be tied to a BM ticket rather than some other associated product?
Scalping is not going to do jack shit to the structure of BM. Scalping is entirely external to the organization and event. Nor does the argument hold that this is all going to lead to only an elite class of "rich" people going to BM, and that it will soon need to be sponsored so that people can pay for it. Nothing is going to prompt BMorg to set up a bazaar in center camp to help burners pay for their ticket. The fact of the matter is that even a scalped ticket is often the least expensive part of the entire trip. It's why scalped tickets sell at all.
It's going to be great next year. New permit, 6% annual growth to 70,000 people in 2016, more people actually buying their tickets early in anticipation of this phantom scalping menace, and this whole shit will play out again. Maybe there won't even be a sell-out and we'll only get to see free ticket stories and excuses.
But the sky won't be falling.