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ok then more RECON and FEEDBACK Please just how bad are the sand fleas and where are they?
ALSO: I was told 10:00 is dusty. To what extent is this true? Please MAP and describe any trouble spots of Dust Buildup that might make biking difficult.
 
- - - - - 2011.08.26 09:15

cutter advanced formulas sand flea (NON DEET bug off) Recommended by GREG who showed me the sores on legs from Sand Fleas in Sunol Open space 3 weeks ago.
FCUK THAT SHITE. I'm bringing my STILTS and a TALL BIKE to the Desert. I'm gonna CUT a SUNROOF into my van so I can crawl in through the top.
WTF JRS did not even mention Sand Flies yesterday? Is there a bug problem Yes or No?
http://www.vtarmynavy.com/cutter-advanced.htm

- - - - -  2011.08.25

http://burncast.blogspot.com/2009/08/road-to-burning-man-know-your-rights.html Good info on cops in the United Spades of Asparagus!

- - - - - 2011.08.24 23:23
:)   we will bring DEET as well....  though I HATE the feel of that shit on my skin, UGH!!  but youre right.. who wants to itch all week...  the herbals DO WORK though.... I use them ALL THE TIME..
and Vegemite is an aquired taste... Like Haggis...  :)    its pretty good on crackers.. Mwahh!! - elfinleaf 
- - - - - 2011.08.24 23:11
I love Marmite!  Well... with butter...on bread, not on my skin.  Vegemite tastes like ass - or so I have been told.

We went hiking down into the Grand Canyon a few years ago and one of my friends used a "DEET free" repellant and I had OFF (with DEET).  By the first evening he was convinced that the non-DEET stuff was attracting mosquitoes!  He ended up using my OFF for the rest of the trip.  I will try the herbal options but am bringing a can of OFF just in case.  I'm not going to let sand fleas ruin my burn.  A week of DEET shouldn't do permanents percgensct permafdrost, fpersert damaage - at least no more than inhaling alkali rich dust all day and night  ;)

And finally those tiki's will serve a practical purpose! -Ruvi
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From the Burning Man fan page:

Sand flea prevention for the apparent bug infestation:
Prevention

Counter-top repellents with high concentration of DEET or Picaridin are proven to work, but may not be suitable to some people, eg. people with sensitive skin and pregnant women. Some alternative substances anecdotally reported to be of use are:[1]

...Orange Peel
Any citrus juice
Eucalyptus oil
Coconut oil
Avocado oil mixed with Dettol
Baby oil mixed with Dettol
Chinese herbal oil
Essential lavender oil
Tea tree oil
Listerine
Tiger Balm
Eucalipto
Vicks VapoRub
Vinegar
Marmite, Promite, Vegemite – anything with high Vitamin B content
This list contains mostly substances with unproven effectiveness, ranging from quite effective to ineffective.

A particular extract of Lemon Eucalyptus oil (not the essential oil) has now been shown to be as effective as DEET in various studies.[2][3

- - - - - Aug 24 10:33 pm
Playa is Gorgeous and relatively hard packed...in dust we trust - Hitch of http://heartbeatamplifier.com 

- - - - - Aug 24 9:43 pm
Have heard it is sand fleas. - Lisa @ Burning Tribe / One Mile Clock Project

- - - - - Aug 24 8:15 pm
ALL EZ UP Structures are MORE happy when you secure them with tent stakes, and 
LESS happy if you apply a solid wall that acts as a sail and pushes the structure to BREAKING point in HIGH wind if not properly secured.
EZ up brand is GOOD but has a full spectrum of price / quality contiuum ie; you get what you pay for and the HEAVIER guage steel tubes are stronger than the lighter, etc. 
I will wait for others to chime in on that specific model. But again. EZ up brand good. Peruse their site for models: http://www.ezup.com/index.html
EZ up brand good. Other brands, not so good. Beware.
Quickshade brand etc. are similar in guage of steel to the cheaper EZ ups.
Cheaper / low end EZ ups are fine for PIC NICS but you MUST secure them at BM if exposed to wind. Think guy wires, tent stakes, etc.

XARA's tropical rainforest paradise exotic indoor jungle wonderland of bliss and ecstacy FAILED epic last decade because it was a SQUARE based structure.
Buckminster Fuller built domes with TRIANGLES. TRIANGLES are STRONG. DOMES HAVE INTEGRITY.

I am so sorry to write so many posts. It is my intention to keep burners out the hosptital and out of the morgue.

I am a structural failure analyst. Find me at any structure at BurningMan and compare notes.

Failure Analysis Associates inc HQ is in my Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park, CA. They're the ones who analyze catastrophic structure failures in USA and GLOBE. They are COOL!
Mind you they were called Exponent 20 years ago, before the whole blackwater thing...  http://www.exponent.com/#Home

- - - - - Aug 24 8:00 pm
I am wearing VIBRAM MERRIL running shoes or climbing shoes or whatever you wanna call them. They were $5 at Salvation Army on Valencia at 26th in SF.
OMG I insist you wear these shoes if you are going to be in any of the following situations:
CITY
DESERT
OCEAN shoreline.
RIVER
MOUNTAIN
ROCK CLIMING.
EARTHQUAKE
RUNNING from an assailant/ self defence
Am I making myself clear?
I have always worn running shoes cause gosh darn I was born in Santa Clara and I Live in EarthQuake country!

word to the wise

oh yeah also at )'( I go naked and barefoot and that works too if you:
Wash your feet at night, foot bath, vinegar, do whatever you want
apply coconut oil or shea butter
sleep in socks will hydrate your feet and allow you to go naked and / or barefoot again the next day
to reprhrase:
alternate hydration and barefoot as needed to avoid dry cracking playafoot
SHOES at NIGHT when you can not see rebar nails glass metal and ouchies
Who am I kidding? In my 16 years of )'( I have only used Shea Butter once. So I do just fine by simply washing my feet at night durning my shower over cardboard outside my van door before I slip in my clean dry bed.
So the KEY is to get the PLAYA off your feet before you retire.

A Glimpse Into Burning Man http://vimeo.com/26697674
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Elias DaScritch Early report -The playa is in the best condition that I've seen in years, hard packed and very ridable. Nights are very pleasant with occasional warm breezes.

Ok wonder what kinda bugs squitos or something else.... If its not squitos then really burning citronella in the tikis should be enough... Let's not go crazy with that poison OFF crap... I hear skin so soft OIL from avon works guess its cuz it smells so bad but at least its not poison wish I knew what kinda bugs they are talkin about.... Thanks for the info though - elfinleaf

- - - - - Aug 24 7:50pm
And bring lotsa lemons to bathe your feet. Vinegar works too (the weak acid solution neutralizes the alkaline dust very quickly) but lemons smell WAY better than vinegar LOL!  jon @ SilliconVillage

- - - - - Aug 24 7:45pm

Foot Care @ )'( +  + H2O FREE spring Water @ Chevron hose  in BoomTown NV +  H20 info thanks to Hitch @ http://heartbeatamplifier.com / ecotribe

H2O HITCH says: H2O Asked at Chevron Counter and they KINDLY obliged to let us use their outdoor air/water spigot said it comes from SIERRA SPRING water. from a Sierra fed 700 acre well under boomtown & bragged about high quality. Tastes good to me.
Hitch also writes: another option in BoomTown is to goto Cabela's outdoor super store where you can buy 5 gallon blue jugs and fill up with their hose. Ok waiting for word from Hitch but he is #1 guy I know in avoiding BPAs in jugs.
Just on the right hand side of the bldg there are some dog kennels with a CLEAN HOSE to FILL.
OK so I guess if we are good burners / customers and we have to gas up somewhere we could get some gas at Chevron and ask for water...

FOOT care: I am wearing VIBRAM MERRIL running shoes or climbing shoes or whatever you wanna call them. They were $5 at Salvation Army on Valencia at 26th in SF. Bought 2 pair there!
OMG I insist you wear these shoes if you are going to be in any of the following situations:
CITY
DESERT
OCEAN shoreline.
RIVER
MOUNTAIN
ROCK CLIMING.
EARTHQUAKE
RUNNING from an assailant/ self defence
Am I making myself clear? These are smart shoes folks. I respect people who wear smart shoes.
I have always worn running shoes cause gosh darn I was born in Santa Clara and I Live in EarthQuake country!

word to the wise

oh yeah also at )'( I go naked and barefoot and that works too if you:
Wash your feet at night, foot bath, vinegar, do whatever you want
apply coconut oil or shea butter
sleep in socks will hydrate your feet and allow you to go naked and / or barefoot again the next day
Yeah right, I have never used vinegar in my 16 years there and have only used shea butter once.
Therefore it is enough that I simply shower at night over my cardboard outside my minivan door and slip peacefully into sleep in my clean dry comfy bed. That works for me cause I have tough feet. 
to reprhrase:
alternate hydration and barefoot as needed to avoid dry cracking playafoot. Apply organic hydrating lotions as needed.
SHOES at NIGHT when you can not see rebar nails glass metal and ouchies

- - - - -   posted Tue Aug 23 10:20 pm

TIX must have: 
A: raised / embossed "25 year anniversary" and Textured Ring.
B: Holographic hundreds of circles / fish eyes on back same as a silver wristband from x or y festival in Nor Cal, hmmm wich was that? like Harmony Festival.
C: Serial # and 5 digit? Verification code etc.
TIX mus NOT have:
Glitter tape or silver NAIL POLISH in place of printed Hologram.
PRINTED 25 year anniversary shadow or simple puhched solid ring as from a mini tin can or thimble punch or O-ring solid punch.
Hologram must NOT rub off.
Ticket should NOT turn black when you run it by a flame. Ticket should NOT be heat sensitive.
TIX more info on spotting FAKES scroll down and keep reading.

- - - - -   posted Tue Aug 23 10:10 pm

If the counterfeiters flag this message, it means they are still active. If they leave it, it means you get to learn how to spot a counterfeit ticket:

Heavier stock than standard ticket

The hologram rubs and flakes off if you rub it with your finger

It immediately turns black (like receipt or old school fax paper) when you hold a flame close to it.

Be careful, my lovelies. And only pay face value.

- - - - -   posted Tue Aug 23 10:00 pm

RECON PLEASE! Cal Trans Donner Pass REST STOP is CLOSED so no free spring water spigots this year.
Please someone describe to me the types of Water Avail in BOOMTOWN? Fill yer own Jugs? RO Reverse Osmosis? Crystal Geyser PTFE 1 gallon square clear bottles?
Please email me the ADDRESS of stores and WHAT they offer at WHAT $ Price. Thank you I will share your info with thirsty burners. I recommend Spring Water or RO.

BRING BUG SPRAY and CITRONELLA CANDLES Scotto & Wildchild from POLY PARADISE are enjoying the first night on the Playa!!!
Daytime highs in the upper 90's evening so far very comfortable.
Make sure to bring a hat & sunscreen...
There are bugs this year from the wet season, bring bug spray.
Playa conditions are awesome!!!
There is cell service now, no guarantees when you all get here..,
The Temple is freakin HUGE!!! Huggs & Kisses from Scotto & Wildchild

TICKETS! MUST INCLUDE EMBOSSED "25 year anniversary" and Textured ring.

DO: ask if they have the original BM receipt and envelope. If yes then YEAH! If no then listen to their answer and feel their voice.
perhaps do not do that # verification thing BECAUSE you will likely LOSE that seller. See below. I SHITE YOU NOT.

READ THE EMBOSSMENT on the ticket. AS of today, and every year, there are NO FAKES with detailed embossments.  + THEREFORE +
Feel and READ the embossment.  + BECAUSE + if you pussy foot around with #s over the phone and wait for PARTISERVE @ BM to email you back the NEXT DAY - YOU LOSE!
DO YOU HEAR ME? If you meet in a safe public place AND the person on the phone does not sound like a GANG BANGER then you are best off just to meet and GRAB that ticket!      
      WHY?
YOU are # X of 100 other DESPERATE people with CASH calling the ticket holder and if you think they are gonna mastrubate for a day while they wait for you to confirm you are in LA LA land.
      OK? am I clear?
Now Get your CASH READY IN HAND so you can POUNCE quickly on the next lucky local connection you get. Do not send $ paypal. Read the Frickin Craigslist SCAM warnings.
You will hear from me if there are any better fakes or if any fakes end up with more than a RING PUNCH for an embossment.

Timeline: San Diego Fakes July with GLITTER TAPE for a HOLOGRAM HA HA HA!
SF High Quality Fakes August 17

BM Ticket info safety TIPS for buying off craigslist scroll down, inlcluding descriptions of scam artists... BM  is out on PLAYA therefore BM is no longer verifying tix via PartiServe.

"The Satellite Overflight of BRC will be at 11:49am on Thursday 9/1
this year. I believe they are tasking the GeoEye-1 satellite with
50cm resolution (as opposed to 1m resolution on the IKONOS satellite used last year)."

PLAYA Law enforcement FYI know your rights!
http://sites.google.com/site/lawyersforburners

The 10 o'clock side of the playa is a little dusty: be prepared folks. Need BIG TIRES on your bike like CRUISER bike or MOUNTAIN bike.

http://whereareyoucamping.org Where are you camping? Burning  Man Camp Names appear as you drag mouse over hundreds of dots.

Burning Man 2011 Survival Guide http://bit.ly/13BQLO

7 gal. for $17 each. BPA Free @ REI. $10 @ EVIL WalMart. Plastic is less likely to hurt you if you rinse and fill your bottles right before you use them.
Maybe next year... I like to travel LIGHT uphill and fill my empty 5 gallon and 1 gallon Crystal Geyser square #1 1 gallon bottles with SIERRA SPRING WATER at the Donner Pass Rest stop on Hwy 80 20 mi before NV.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/ra/ra79.htm   Closed till Oct 2011!   Donner Pass Cal Trans Rest Stop
Caltrans site with full details on highway conditions, rest stop rebuild, roadcam links: http://www.getacross80.com
OOPS never mind. Your tax $ hard at work denying you WATER 2 years in a row So they can install big brother cameras, Fluoride (DRUG) and Chloramine dispensers for your non consenting body, and install thousands of high fructose vending machines NOW WITH MERCURY! all over California on public land. 
DO NOT DRINK or BUY 2.5 gallon water bottles or the 1 gallon Cloudy not see through plastic like the MILK plastic. THOSE ARE TOXIC. YOU CAN TASTE the PLASTIC.
Whatever you do, don't get those more square-looking, darker blue water jugs that are in the boating area at Wal-Mart... they are plastic type 7 and I can tell you from last year they leech bad into the water - Mike

PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES  Is "BPA-free" the Same as Safe? February 2009  

Great article.  Check it out before your burning man shopping spree begins:

http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/0902.asp
)'()'()'( Burning Man - Rites of Passage Mon Aug 29 - Mon Sep 5 2011 Black Rock Desert, NV http://burningman.com 
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=208658294899    18,390 RSVPs on FB expect 50,000 attendees same as last 5 years.
http://bmscreensavers.com FREE! The Burning Man Screen Saver Project FREE DOWNLOAD! more pics: 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=432487882169#!/album.php?aid=216347&id=502662169 

Burning Man 2010 Time Lapse Walking Tour 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMKbARUE6FA 
Burning Man 2010 Metropolis  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7-yaVEu6_c
This is Black Rock City - Experimental Architecture pics 
http://thisisblackrockcity.blogspot.com 
South Park, Burning Man massacre 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGHzC9kwQls 
BURNING MAN 2010 adenbeer 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zQJZuzwejs

Share" with YOUR friends! Help us build the Worlds Largest 1 mile Diameter CLOCK at Burning Man! Watch the video at 
http://www.facebook.com/l/76682/tinyurl.com/clockdonate

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137693892988016 NEXUS 2011 LINEUP Mon Aug 29 6pm - Sep 4 12:00pm 10 and Engagement, BRC NV.

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175769262493915 DISTRIKT 2011 LINE UP! 9 O'CLOCK & F(UNERAL) Tuesday, August 30 at 11:00am - September 3 at 9:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178037315603430 SACRED SPACES VILLAGE ~ MAIN STAGE LINE UP ~ Burning Man 4:15 & Esplanade

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153601891388359 Tuesday Night Party Tue Aug 30 8pm-7am False Profit, LLC The Institute Esplanade & 3:30

Wed Aug 31 11am World Naked Bike Ride starts at the man )'(

BJ Practicum Hosted by JaiJai Wednesday at 4:00 Saints and Sinners' Xensual Dome (6:15 and F in Silicon Village)  Yes, ladies bring your own model. This event is for practice discussion learning and feedback.

CALLING ALL BOAT AND FISH ART CARS -- TO THE PIER! Pier art project http://bit.ly/pki1GN
"Calling all boat and fish art cars!  Inviting all sea-faring passengers, mermaids, life-guards, mates, pirates, damsels, and captains!  Join The Pier art installation for a playa regatta on Wednesday August 31st from 5-7pm.  Meet at the 12:00 side of the Man and hop aboard as we parade through town, ending alongside the 300-foot long Pier for a celebratory victory party.  Dock your boat, don your fancy costume, and bring your champagne.  We'll be celebrating til the bewitching hour."

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157055784356788 Unicorn Stampede Wed Aug 31 7pm-9:30pm @ The Man

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197602633633870 Furries on the PlayaAugust 31, 2011 at 8:00pmFUR @ Burning Man (A & 7:30)

BRC SANTARCHY Thurs Sep 1 3:30 Bring your Santa attire - and plan for the temps because it is HOT at 3:30pm.  You'll cook yourself in a traditional Santa suit. Also comfy shoes as we basically do a pubcrawl through BRC.  BYO cup and I'd also recommend a camelback with WATER.   start near Center Camp at Arctica.  We will
be meeting there at 3:30 and purchasing ice for the snow machine.  All ice donations will be gratefully accepted.

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257330390949391 2011 Spin Cycle Hoop Jam - SideCar Tommy & Ill Gates Thursday, September 1 · 5:00pm - 7:00pmLocationBurning ManGraduation & 7:45

Cuddle Ocean! )'( Thu Sep 1 5pm-8pm From the Man to the Temple, Black Rock City, NV
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214809761866914

Theme of the Moment Camp presents ZONOTOPIA September 1, 2011 at 10:00pm On the Playa (11:20 & 2200ft)
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143424499078731

Sat Sep 3 Dark : 30 the MAN BURNS

Sat Sep 3 Clock burns 1 hour after the man - so probably 10:30p-11pm on Saturday.  1 mile clock! near the man.

Sun Sep 4 Temple Burns at DARK: 30 OR 9PM OR whenever just don't miss it. It burns when the Fire crew say it can burn.

2011 BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING complete list of Burning Man Resources that were submitted to us by the business owners here:
http://burningman.com/preparation/resources/resources2011.html

Here's the new city map plan with the new "theme related" street names listed.  
According to BM, they'll be releasing the camp placement map July 15
http://www.burningman.com/media/doc/preparation/maps/11_maps/BRC2011_070811.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=6gZWieiH_Es#at=79 FFWD to 1:30 for ACTION! Burning Man 2010 - "The Cuckoo's Nest"

Here's Steven's gallery from Burning Man 2010 ... enjoy!
http://home.comcast.net/~burningman/bman.htm#2010

Halcyon's helpful and entertaining Tips and Tricks videos: http://blog.burningman.com/author/jstyn/

Caveat Magister's insightful and hilarious investigations into the dynamics of Burner culture: http://blog.burningman.com/author/cmagister/

http://shamanrandal.com/tips.html Personal Tips From One Veteran Burner 

ROCKSTAR LIBRARIAN'S BURNING MAN MUSIC CALENDAR
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rockstar-Librarian-Fan-Page/125145057538915?sk=wall

BURNING MAN 2010 PHOTO GALLERY FROM ANGELA DRURY  http://angeladrury.com/bm2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpChm67wmsw Distrikt Sunset Final Party Burning Man 2010 



Burning Man Ticket: it does not look like partiserv is validating - $1 (BM staff have left for the playa Mid august)
I emailed them twice yesterday and today. They are out on the playa. Please be careful.



BM TIX - unofficial FAQ - HOW TO buy REAL TIX and NOT get SCAMMED:

Today on Craigslist lots of folks are offering BM tix for $400 each. $400 is just a hair above the last BM price of $360 + fees.
Ok that's so much better than the last three weeks when they were much more expensive.

MOST complete Letter To unite you with your new BM TIX ASAP.

DO: ask if they have the original BM receipt and envelope. If yes then YEAH! you WANT that Ticket! If no then listen to their answer and feel their voice. Half the LEGIT folks DO not have their Paperwork. Do not hang up on them just yet.
perhaps do not do that # verification thing BECAUSE you will likely LOSE that seller. See below. I SHITE YOU NOT.

There is also a special raised embossing (stamp) in a custom pattern in the middle of the upper part of the ticket. You should be able to make out the man symbol and read “25th Anniversary” in the circular embossing VERY CLEARLY. http://tickets.burningman.com

READ THE EMBOSSMENT on the ticket. AS of today, and every year, there are NO FAKES with detailed embossments.  + THEREFORE +
Feel and READ the embossment.  + BECAUSE + if you pussy foot around with #s over the phone and wait for PARTISERVE @ BM to email you back the NEXT DAY - YOU LOSE!
DO YOU HEAR ME? If you meet in a safe public place AND the person on the phone sounds like a burner and not  like a GANG BANGER then you are best off just to meet and GRAB that ticket AFTER you READ and FEEL the EMBOSSMENT!      
      WHY?
YOU are # X of 100 other DESPERATE people with CASH calling the ticket holder the FIRST HOUR and if you think they are gonna mastrubate for a day while they wait for you to confirm you are in LA LA land.
      OK? am I clear?
Now Get your CASH READY IN HAND so you can POUNCE quickly on the next lucky local connection you get. Do not send $ paypal. Read the Frickin Craigslist SCAM warnings. http://craigslist.org
You will hear from me if there are any better fakes or if any fakes end up with more than a RING PUNCH for an embossment.

Timeline: San Diego Fakes July with GLITTER TAPE or NAIL POLISH for a HOLOGRAM HA HA HA!
SF High Quality Fakes with RING PUNCH for an EMBOSSMENT whoa these are better fakes, ouch. August 17

SF High Quality Fakes August 17 ( from CRAIGSLIST today 2011.08.17 )
two black men one by the alias Aaron have been scaming people with fake tickets. The other bigger guy is heavy and bit taller with white palms. Between Sunset and Downtown SF. The tickets are very crafty and almost believable and yet there are some things to note about them if you are trying to buy:

First of all have a smart phone scanner to check the bar code! They are FREE!

The printed spiral pattern on their Text itself is good. Which sucks. And it's a bit more glossy of a print.

The stamp the real Burning Man stamp is very detailed and is a heavy texture. 
Their stamp is punced with some tool to sort of feel like the BM stamp but its pathetic in comparison (mostly just ring) and its a printed shadow if you are in better light to look at them. Not real. 

These guys ticket is printed a little darker blue and it is thicker and a little harder of a ticket. 
They wont show ID! AND YOU SHOULD ASK especially now. The whitish print on the back scratches off as well. 

MOST IMPORTANTLY!! The bar code is printed and there for not made of real bar code print material. 
IT WONT SCAN. 
DONT BUY WITHOUT PROOF,SCANNER AND ID PLEASE. 

FROM BM:
SCAM WARNINGS http://tickets.burningman.com
If you choose to purchase through a third party we highly suggest you meet in person for the tickets and not risk buying through the mail. The ePlaya is a good place to post buying or selling tickets.
WARNING: Fake tickets have been sold in Los Angeles & San Diego. Be careful people! These tickets are reported to have partial foil and are missing some of the printed information on the back. Know exactly what a real ticket looks like before you buy!
We've been made aware of another scam currently happening: several individuals in the UK and Hawaii who are selling Burning Man tickets with a realistic-looking HMTL payment email requiring payment via Western Union Moneygram, which gives you NO recourse in case of non-delivery. The ticket numbers we know of are XNZ4V01F, IWV8111I, and 2Y1S3180, and there may be others. DO NOT pay for any tickets online via Western Union/Moneygram or any kind of direct wire transfer, or you can get scammed ... only use Paypal.
Here are scams to look out for that have happened in the past:
1. Seller gives tickets numbers from another person’s tickets and may even produce photos of the tickets but doesn’t actually possess the tickets, then collects money via mail or Paypal and cuts off contact with buyer. Recourse: possible chargeback through Paypal, no recourse if money order or cash.
2. Seller gives ticket numbers out, collects money and mails an empty envelope or nothing at all. Recourse: possible chargeback through Paypal, no recourse if money order or cash.
3. Seller claims tickets can be printed out at home using a special link they will give out. Collects money and sends bogus email, then cuts off contact. NOTE: BURNING MAN TICKETS CANNOT BE PRINTED AT HOME. Recourse: possible chargeback through Paypal, no recourse if money order or cash.
4. Seller produces fake tickets and sells to people who don’t know what real tickets look like.
HOW TO SPOT A FAKE
We’ve seen some pretty lame copies of tickets in the past, some are simply color photocopies and others are a little more involved, like trying to use glitter fingernail polish to mimic holographic foil. If you know what to look for, you should be able to save yourself the heartbreak and hassle of getting all the way up to the gate and being told you’ve been duped.
There are several security features on the tickets.
There is shiny holographic foil on *both* the front and back. On the front it is the lettering and and in a crisscoss silver pattern, on the back it is the upper and lower rectangle portions of the ticket and the hologram is little circles.
There is also a special raised embossing (stamp) in a custom pattern in the middle of the upper part of the ticket. You should be able to make out the man symbol and read “25th Anniversary” in the circular embossing VERY CLEARLY.
There should be two bar codes in the bottom section of the ticket (one above the stub and one below) with two sets of number/letter codes (that you should check with us before purchasing). The price of the ticket is also in a white rectangle on the top and bottom of the ticket.
Good luck buying and selling and a safe journey to the playa!
 - Non BM editorial Comment: -
You want another reason not to mess the verification? here it is:
AT the GATE, in the DESERT, with winds upto 100 MPH, the Greeters and Ticket takers are NOT scanning your barcodes. Nope. Maybe they are feeling your embossment.
They ARE talking to you. They ARE looking you in the eyes. They ARE checking to see if you are human, if you are prepared, if you brought 1.5 gallons of H2O per person day.
They know what fakes look and feel like and I hope they JAIL and castrate any real counterfeiters but counterfeiters don't goto burn?
from  http://tickets.burningman.com
If you are buying a ticket and want to check to make sure it hasn't been reported lost, stolen or is part of a known scam - send us an email partiserv(AT)burningman(DOT)com BEFORE you buy it with ALL of the following:
1. The full name of the original ticket holder and the email address they used to purchase the ticket(s)
2. The 8 character ticket serial codes off the back of the ticket(s) as well as the 5 digit number. Without that required information we cannot verify the tickets

- editorial comment on BM -

Bless BM for their page on howto buy tix. Bless BM for their PartiServe email that is SO COOL, smart, and infinitely helpful. 
IF only all sellers would be patient and await this process, that would be an ideal world...

from 

Fake Burning man ticket - $360 (SF)
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/tix/2555814048.html

Fake burning man tickets are circulating! and they are REALLY good fakes. Beware of these guys. I was tricked into buying 2 yesterday and then realized they were fake. The people have hit Oakland and Reno. 

The differences in the fake tickets to real tickets are: The fakes are made of thicker paper than real ones, the fake's color is off on the front graphic, it is slightly lighter in color and has very subtle lower resolution than the real ones, and the holographics on the back flake off when you rub and scratch at them and the reals do not! 

They look very real, I inspected them for like 5 minutes and decided they were real but once you have a real one to compare it to you can see the subtle differences! be careful! They have the holographics and the imprinted stamp. Everything is almost exactly the same as a real one. 

Demand a receipt and demand the serial numbers so you can send them into the burning man verification center.

The man selling off of craigslist emails from the name George Ross. The phone number he uses is 510-318-0579. 
The car he was in was a Ford Taurus in Silver. Cali license plate with a partial plate number 224X

He gets dropped off and walks to the meeting point he has friends waiting back at the car with guns and knives.


Here are pictures of him and the fake tickets. We got his ID, don't know if its fake or not but that IS his picture. 

The Serial code on the back of their tickets are JL853RJX Ticket #s 13682 and 13684


He gives a shpeel that his friends backed out and he has extras and that his girl likes to collect the stubs so if you could hit him up after burning man so she can have the stubs! total BS to trick you further into believing they are real. 
 
I read the following on the BM website:
UPDATE: Sadly we may not be able to respond to emails since when we are working in the desert. We hope your transaction goes smoothly and painlessly and remember to report scams to your local police! 

Was wondering if anyone had verified tickets with them successfully in the last 24 hours (I am writing this on August 20th at 10am PST).
I have access to 2 tickets but I would like to verify them first before I pay. They are $450 each (yes I know it is above face but it is what it is). And if they are verified, then yes I will have an extra ticket which I will sell for $450 but I need to figure out the validation first).

- - - - - and another posting from Craiglist:
when searching, do not deal with:
Anthony (aka Tony) Berson
203 Kanoelehua Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808)-966-7544
he uses the following email addresses:
lavender_tree at yahoo dot com 
purplereindeer11 at yahoo dot com
surfinaloha808 at yahoo dot com
DO NOT SEND MONEY VIA MONEYGRAMS or WESTERN UNION! meet in person or use paypal for the exchange.

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