Session:Fair Ticket Sales on a Capitalist World

Description In this open discussion we will discuss solutions taken by organizations to address ticket sales at fair prices when demand significantly outgrows supply
Type Discussion
Kids session No
Keyword(s) social, political
Tags capitalism, economy, accessibility
Person organizing
Language en - English
en - English
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Subtitle Welcome to capitalism where prices regulate the differences between deman and supply, or do they?
Starts at 2019/08/24 20:00
Ends at 2019/08/24 21:00
Duration 60 minutes
Location Room:Johnson (Workshop 1)

Ahh capitalism, the perfect regulator that raises prices when demand is higher than supply to balance market... except when it doesn't!

It's not uncommon for not for profit organizations to want to ensure that as many people as possible can attend their events by keeping ticket prizes as low as possible. This works really well when the organization can provide more tickets than participants will attend but as an imbalance appears between supply and demand problems arise.

When tickets sell out in seconds and a black market of ticket resellers at absurd prices appears organizations start taking action and try to move away from the traditional first come first served open to all sale system.

Amongst other techniques organizations have attempted: open to all sales at specific times, ticket lotteries or voucher systems. Also to prevent some of these shortcomings and resale of tickets, organizations try to tie tickets to the person (or groups they belong to). Others have sold fake products in order to thwart automated purchasing systems.

Knowing the motivations of participants, organizations and resellers how can we improve the fairness of ticket sales to make tickets fairly available to the largest possible amount of people? How can we prevent resales (or have them go through the organization) when ticket owners' are likely to refuse having the ticket bound to themselves? Are there solutions to bind tickets to people in a way that preserves their privacy? Are blends of sale systems better or worse than single system approaches? Can usability impacts be acceptable to prevent automatic purchases? Can we detect and prevent these safely? Can we remove the incentives for ticket resellers?

During this discussion we will try to find good answers to these and other similar topics. We will also try to find working and propose working solutions aiming to make CCC ticket sales fairer to all interested in attending their events.