@cbae:

It sounds more like you're p1ssed because you can't flip the freebies on eBay for much of a profit now. You can only hope to break even now.

When I saw the 2012 ticket price announced before the ticket sales, I decided not to go. I don't want to be taken advantage of in the name of commercialization and executive bvllsh1t. There are still plenty of good conferences in the area.