I first heard of Burning Man in 1997, and first attended in 1998. If I manage to score a ticket this year, it will be my tenth Burn.
I remember when, not so long ago in fact, you could purchase tickets at a number of retail stores in the Bay Area. Clothing stores in Haight St, record stores in the Castro, hippy outlets in Berkeley.
Why don’t they go back to that? If some stores might have tickets, then that’s a reason to go into all the stores. You never know what you might find! It should also keep them out of the hands of scalpers, as long as the stores are selling full-price tickets.