“They Listened”…? 2013 Ticket Breakdown Announced

The Jackedrabbit has announced the new ticket policy for Cargo Cult:

“We’re excited to announce the sales plan for tickets to Burning Man 2013. Burning Man is making 58,000 tickets available, 3,000 of which were already made available through the Holiday Sale. Details regarding the remaining 55,0000 are outlined below. You’ll notice we’re doing things differently this year. We’ve listened, we’ve learned a lot and we’ve worked hard to come up with a plan that we believe will meet the needs of the greatest number of people possible.

We’ve included the general gist below, but you can find all the nitty-gritty details on http://tickets.burningman.com/, and answers to your questions in our Ticketing FAQ (http://tickets2.burningman.com/faq.php) and spiffy new online ticketing forum (http://ticketsupport.burningman.com/). 

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is required in order to gain access to any of our sales for 2013. Once you’ve registered you will be able to participate in the first-come first-served sales. So … here’s the plan:

Fusion art car, 2012

Fusion art car, 2012

55,000 Tickets for Burning Man 2013 will be sold as follows (details below):

1. Directed Group Sale (10,000 tickets) – January 30 (Pre-registration required)
2. Individual Sale (40,000 tickets) – February 13 (Pre-registration required, February 6-10)
3. Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) – February 28-July 31
4. OMG Last Chance Sale (1000+ tickets) – August 7 (Pre-registration required, August 2-5)
5. Low Income Ticket Program (4,000 tickets) – Application required”

I guess they listened to “we need Low Income tickets”. But not to “we need to link tickets to IDs“, or “we want transparent, open systems”.

The big question on everyone’s lips is…how much for a ticket? And the answer is…about $380, for most of them. There’s some coverage of the price hike at the Reno Gazette Journal.

We’ll do the math so you don’t have to:

3000 at $650  $1,950,000

4000 at $190 = $760,000 (about the size of the donor-funded Art Honorarium)

51,000 at $380 =  $19, 380,000

Bringing a grand total of $22,090,000

Not bad for a bunch of hippies in the desert. If each Burner spends an average of $2,000 to go to the Burn (say, 20% of that on tickets, 10-20% on transport there and back), then there’s an overall economy around this single party in excess of $100 million – $116 million/year to be exact.

Here’s the rest of the details from the official new tickets page:

2013 IMPORTANT DATES

Date What is Happening
Friday, December 14, 2012 Registration for the Holiday Sale opens
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 At 12pm (noon), PST registration for the Holiday Sale ends
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Confirmation emails for Holiday Sale registration sent
Thursday, December 20, 2012 At 12pm (noon) PST, first-come, first-served Holiday Sale starts
Friday, January 4, 2013 Ticket information released!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, first-come, first-served Directed Group Sale starts
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, registration for the Individual Sale opens
Sunday, February 10, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, end of registration for the Individual Sale
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, first-come, first-served Individual Sale starts
Thursday, February 28, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, Registration for STEP opens
Monday, June 3, 2013 Fulfillment Begins
Monday, July 15, 2013 Fulfillment Concludes
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, STEP Closes
Friday, August 2, 2013 At12pm (noon) PST, registration for the OMG Last Chance Sale opens
Monday, August 5, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, registration for the OMG Last Chance Sale closes
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, first-come, first-served OMG Last Chance Sale
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 At 12pm (noon) PST, Box Office/Will Call Opens!

2013 TICKET STRUCTURE

Holiday Sale

  • 3,000 ticket available at $650 each, plus applicable fees.
  • Holiday Sale tickets are priced dramatically higher than our regular tickets.
  • Black Rock City, LLC will donate a minimum of 3% of the ticket price to The Burning Man Project – the new non-profit created to help spread Burning Man culture throughout the world.
  • Tickets are limited to four (4) per person
  • Registration is currently closed.
  • First-come, first-served sale starts at 12pm (noon) PST December 20, 2012.
  • Ticket orders are fully transferrable and eligible for name changes.
  • The name on the credit card used to purchase the ticket order is the name on the ticket order.
  • Holiday Sale tickets are not eligible to be resold through the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP).

 

 

 

Directed Group Sale

  • Based upon past history, Burning Man is targeting specific groups within the community for participation in the Directed Group Sale. This program does not have an application process, but rather relies on a predetermined set of groups for participation.
  • 10,000 tickets are available at $380 each, plus applicable fees.
  • Tickets are limited to two (2) per person.
  • Participation in the Directed Group Sale requires pre-registration.
  • Ticket orders are fully transferrable and eligible for name changes.
  • The name on the credit card used to purchase the ticket order is the name on the ticket order.

 

Low Income Ticket Program

 

  • 4,000 tickets will be available at $190 each.
  • Tickets are limited to one (1) per person.
  • Full details regarding when and how to apply will be made available shortly.
  • Tickets are not eligible for name changes and are not transferrable.
  • Tickets are Will Call only.
  • Please read the full information below.

 

Individual Sale

  • 40,000 ticket are available at $380 each, plus applicable fees.
  • Limited to two (2) per person
  • Registration is from 12pm (noon) PST February 6, 2013 to 12pm (noon) PST February 10, 2013. Details on the location of the registration link are to come.
  • First-come, first-served sale begins at 12pm PST on Febuary 13th. Details on the location of the purchase link are to come.
  • Ticket orders are fully transferrable and eligible for name changes.
  • The name on the credit card used to purchase the ticket order is the name on the ticket order.

OMG Last Chance Sale

  • 1000+ ticket are available at $380 each, plus applicable fees.
  • Registration is from 12pm (noon) PST on August 2, 2013 to 12pm (noon) PST on August 5, 2013.
  • First-come, first-served sale starts August 7, 2012 at 12pm (noon) PST.
  • Ticket orders are fully transferrable and eligible for name changes.
  • The name on the credit card used to purchase the ticket order is the name on the ticket order.
  • Tickets are Will Call only

 

2013 DELIVERY & FEES

  • Tickets are only shipped within the US and Canada. All other international orders are held at Will Call.
  • Physical tickets will begin shipping June 3, 2013.
  • Within the US, tickets are shipped securely using USPS Signature Confirmation, which costs $12 per order.
  • To Canada, tickets are shipped securely using USPS Express International, which costs $29 per order.
  • Having tickets held at Will Call costs $12 per order.
  • In addition to delivery fees, all orders are subject to processing fees of $6 per ticket $1 per order.

GATE AND WALK-UP OUTLET SALES

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!

SECURE TICKET EXCHANGE PROGRAM (STEP)

STEP opens February 28, 2013 at 12pm (noon) PST and closes July 31, 2013.

 

  • This year, anyone who has not already purchased a ticket through one of our other sales can register to purchase at ticket through STEP.
  • Availability is dependent on participants releasing tickets into the program.
  • Registration opens February 28, 2013 at 12pm (noon) PST. More information about how to register will be forthcoming.
  • As soon as tickets are released into STEP they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis via email notifications to registered participants.

 

For more information about STEP, see the STEP section of our Frequently Asked Questions.

LOW INCOME TICKET PROGRAM

There will be 4,000 Low Income Tickets available for $190 each. These tickets are reserved for participants on a limited income who cannot otherwise afford our regular priced ticket. Please only apply for a Low Income Ticket if you truly need one.

Full details regarding when and how to apply will be made available shortly.

The application has more detailed instructions, but here’s what you need to know so you can be prepared to apply:

  • You cannot have already purchased a ticket through any of our other sales (the Holiday, Directed Group, or Individual sales).
  • Applications are submitted completely online. If you do not have easy internet access we are happy to send you a paper application.
  • Tickets are awarded one per person. Individual members of couples, families or groups must each apply separately.
  • Do not submit an application on behalf of someone else. Each person must submit his/her own application.
  • Applications must be submitted via computer and not on a mobile device.
  • You must submit digital copies of at least one (1) but a maximum of three (3) financial documents demonstrating your income and expenses.No payment is taken at the time of application.
    • Your name must be listed on the documents.
    • PLEASE black out any account or social security numbers while leaving your name visible.
    • Accepted documents formats are .jpg and .pdf. Each document may only be a single-page and can be no larger than 1MB in size. For examples of what types of financial documents to submit, check our our Frequently Asked Questions.
    • Internet Explorer and older browsers may not allow you to upload your financial documents properly. If possible use the latest Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser and if you have upload problems switch browsers, and make sure the file is 1MB or less in size and in the accepted format (single-page .pdf or .jpg).
  • Email notifications will be sent six (6) weeks after applications are received
  • All Low Income Tickets are held at Will Call and paid for at the Box Office, located at the front gate of Burning Man. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Tickets are non-transferable. They cannot be given to another person or used another year if you are unable to attend.
  • If you can’t attend, please contact us to cancel your ticket, making sure to include your full name and email address used on your application.
  • If you are awarded a Low Income ticket and we find you have purchased another ticket by other means your Low Income ticket will be revoked.

9 comments on ““They Listened”…? 2013 Ticket Breakdown Announced

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  4. Well it makes it less of a rush if the tickets are all the same price, that is an improvement. But what part of 390$ per ticket is Burner friendly?

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  6. I think this year Burning Man has officially dropped the pretense this event is anything more than a for profit business. There is no counter cultural significance.
    It’s as American as apple pie.

    Sure they’ll continue to prattle on and on about the 10 precepts, community, kumbaya, and whatever other nonsense they can self-righteously pontificate but in reality those running the event are more interested in their own personal financial enrichment, images, and reputations. Fuck community. Fuck Values. All Hail the Mighty Green Dollar!

  7. how do they determine that first 10,000 – to last year’s theme camp organizers? what if i couldn’t get in last year with my camp of 7 years? anyone see the fine print on that?

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