Well, well, well. Far be it from me as author of a snarky blog to gloat. NOT! I told you so!
Burning Man has just made an announcement on the official Facebook group:
There are still tickets available in the system, folks … if you stopped trying earlier, try now.
Who would’ve thought it would come to this? A community devastated by the “Swiss Cheese” effect of the ticket lottery. STEP shut down after 17 minutes. 1000 extra tickets expected to be gone in an instant. A whole new cumbersome system of applying for a chance to buy the last 1000 formerly impossible ID-linked tickets. And where did it all get us?
Burning Man is now begging Burners to return to STEP and buy tickets.
Bad news indeed for anyone holding onto scalper tickets and hoping to make a quick buck. But a victory for Burners Against Scalpers. And great news for anyone who’s been thinking there’s no way they could go – maybe now you have a chance.
Certainly makes me wonder why we had to go through ALL that lottery bullshit – to be 3 weeks from the event and IT IS STILL NOT SOLD OUT – not even close.
If you are still looking for a ticket, there are hundreds if not thousands readily available. In addition to all the tickets BMOrg are still trying to unload over the Web – which officially is less than 1000 but in reality could be more, for example if not all the Guest List tickets were awarded – there are 327 at Stubhub, 246 over on eBay and 33 at Craigslist – including 2 for $290.
They insist that there will be no ticket sales at the gate. They insisted that they couldn’t link tickets to IDs too, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find people selling tickets at Gerlach and at the gate – even if they’re not “officially” sanctioned, either at the gate or the “outlets” they are indebted to on their tickets page:
Tickets will not be sold at the front Gate of Black Rock City nor at Walk-Up Outlets. We are indebted to our Outlets for their many years of service to our community – please continue to support them!