If you’ve been following the Twitter hashtag #TAMOz, you’ve probably noticed the flurry of comment, criticism and feedback on the cost of tickets to the event, a first-timer for Australia.
I must say, having heard so much about TAM for so many years from the likes of the Rogues from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Brian Dunning from Skeptoid, Richard Saunders from The Skeptic Zone and others, I was very excited to hear that TAM was coming to Oz, and immediately set about finding out as much as I could about the event in order to ensure my attendance.
Although the announcement was made back in November 2009, the final pricing for tickets wasn’t published until June 2010, causing a bit of a hubbub within the Australian Skeptical community.
Previously, on March 28 2010, the following update was posted to the Australian Skeptics website;
Tickets will go on sale around June 2010. There will be ample notice once the dates are set. In particular, we expect to have pricing information well in advance of the ticket sales, so that people can do their budgets. We can confirm that ticket prices will be on par with other TAMs.
This update was fairly quickly republished on various blogs and by interested Tweeps.
Now I admit, I’d have liked more advance notice of the estimated cost, but it didn’t come as a huge surprise to me when I read this because I’d already looked into previous TAM ticket prices in Vegas and London, and they are comparatively more expensive than the TAM Australia ticket price. Consequently, when the final announcement was made, this came as a pleasant surprise to me.
Personally I’m saddened to see some of the more critical thoughts from other Tweeps, as this event to me represents an opportunity to meet many of these people face-to-face. I don’t feel that the price is outlandish, given all the speakers we’ll be treated to, and to be honest I’m more concerned at the limited seating the chosen venue offers – around 600+/- 120 depending on whether they’re going to use the satellite rooms – might this result in a record sell-out of tickets for any TAM event in under 20 minutes?
What do you think? Do you think the event price excludes many otherwise keen and active skeptics from attending?
Is the pricing unreasonable?
What could you suggest to make the event more accessible?