What's sad is that while the "issue" was ongoing, tickets appeared on Craigslist and Ticketvenue for all sessions at around $300 each!! I get the feeling that the "issue" allowed scalpers (yes, they had to have been members, but from a cost-benefit standpoint...) to get their tickets.
TM says they have measures in place to prevent this, but while refreshing my browser to attempt to get afternoon tickets, I saw the same phrase at least a dozen times. I've seen stronger security on my Yahoo! email, and that's been hacked more times than I care to recall.
As far as I'm concerned, this was a poorly executed pre-sale. It was intended to allow us - the card carrying members of the AHA/BA - to get tickets and access that the general public can't. The intent failed miserably, and the organizers simply offer condolences in the form of "well, there's always next year."
Well, I won't be renewing my membership next year.
That is an absolutely pathetic business strategy to acknowledge it by saying "well, maybe next year". No, F that. Why the hell would half the people who are here re-apply if it can't get them benefits that supposedly come with it? As someone who sees the strategies of hundreds of businesses on a regular basis, that is really sad and a good way to fail.
I couldn't disagree more. The AHA and BA are run by good folks, trying their best. The dues to both organizations are dirt cheap compared to other trade associations.
And remember, both organizations are really run by their members. Get involved, run for GC. I refuse to demonize the AHA/BA. They do so much good for our hobby/profession. The craft beer scene in this country would not be where it is today, without their hard work.
Gary and Charlie - Keep up the good work!