Ya, that is because you can still buy tickets online. If you couldn't buy them online at all, wouldn't that help the deep pocket automated buyer? (EDIT: err, I mean NOT help
I know that even in-person-only sales can be compromised, I bought tickets to a KISS concert once that only allowed in person sales (no internet at the time) and the friggin thing sold out after like 20 people in line bought tickets. (Ticketmaster, which was obviously compromised.)
However, if the organizers could somehow contract with small local places in each large metropolitan area in the US, and perhaps around the world, to sell tickets to actual people, wouldn't that help? We have such a solid lock on this mindset that the internet MUST be involved these days. Perhaps break that lock. Get people to go stand in line with other like minded folks, and make them show the effort. I dunno. The world as it is today, that WOULD exclude some people who live in some corner of the world where it wouldn't be easy to do. Anywho, just mulling over my past experience buying tickets. I've bought tickets from scalpers, to many many concerts/sporting events over the years. Heck I bought Lakers finals tickets for a crazy amount of money and was HAPPY to do it! I've even bought tickets below face value to some shows from desperate scalpers. I never had a problem with it. However, Burning Man isn't a concert. I would have a problem with buying from scalpers for BM, in my mind, its more like buying "tickets" to some sort of weirdo resort or travel destination (I know its not that, just coming up with examples.) Airlines and hotels don't deal with scalpers, resorts don't, etc. Somehow they handle that.
Just a couple cents from my mind.