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Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:39:28 AM »
Fair enough.  I think yesterday had more to do with being pissed off than actually mad at the AHA.  I still think the system needs to be fixed, and maybe they'll open up a forum for actual ideas on how to streamline the process of getting member tickets for the GABF as a member benefit.

I wasn't trying to bash the AHA into submission, but when something is broken it needs to be fixed.  It's that was with any organization, for-profit or not-for-profit.  And this obviously needs to be fixed.  And say what you want about it not being purely for business, but bringing in more business gives the AHA a chance to grow for the better, and things like this that cause people to walk away is bad for the AHA.  Period.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:49:38 PM »
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.

This x1,000

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.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:43:26 AM »
that's cool, we'll just agree to disagree on that one.
did you ever get the tickets back in your cart, or did you miss out?
Nope, never got them back.  It kept reloading the page on my Thursday tickets (like 20 times on it's own) and then said I didn't get them either, but then I got an e-mail with a receipt for my purchase and two tickets.

Wasn't trying to start fireworks on the ticket thing.  Here to bring insightful thoughts to the board, not troll!

Will Saturday afternoon tickets be on sale tomorrow too or are they all gone today?
My buddy sent me a screen shot of their Facebook and it said that tickets will be available for the night sessions, but it didn't specify the members only part on Saturday.  I'd bet they are sold out of that for good?

GABF is going to have to take notice of how fast it's sold out the last two years and start preparations for either more tix next year or the ability to handle the demand.  It's just growing in popularity faster than they have prepared for it.  Happens to every business.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:26:16 AM »
I really don't understand saving tickets for tomorrow.  If the membership can sell this event out today, let them!

looks like somewhere around 23 minutes for the AHA members to sell out the portion of Th/Fri/Sat afternoon tickets that they were willing to sell to us.
Disagree.  There are plenty of people who don't want to get into home brewing and have no need to buy a membership to the AHA, but would love to go to the festival to experience it, and they should be able to, so it is more than fair to sell them to the public tomorrow.

Just try again and hope you get through.  It's what I'll be doing.

My bigger complaint is that it said I had 4 tickets for Friday in my "cart", but when I tried to go to the next step they were no longer available.  WTF?

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:53:38 AM »
Hey guys and gals, first post.

I got two tickets for Thursday using the code, but I was not able to get any for Friday.  Just try again tomorrow when they go on sale to the public.  Not all the tickets are put up for pre-sale.

I hate Ticketmaster as much as the next person, but reality is that this is an immensely popular event and tickets are going to sell out fast as it gets more and more popular.

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