BlogHer Drama, They should still be Stoned

With all the drama going on on Twitter and Facebook about the upcoming BlogHer conference in 2 weeks, it seemed like an appropriate time to join in on Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt to recycle a post from a past July.

This was a post I wrote in July of 2010 before my first trip to BlogHer. Back then, the drama was about someone selling a BlogHer ticket on ebay. This was before BlogHer put a "last day to transfer" date in place, so the event was sold out and tickets were in hot demand. This isn't an issue now, but when it comes to conferences there's always something that gets people fired up. Whether people are upset about parties they weren't invited to, brands that don't support the right causes, or they're calling people out by name as a #swagwhore , there will always be drama...and...we'll always have something to write about.


Selling BlogHer Ticket for Profit? They Should be Stoned!

Capitalism is what our society is based on. The desire to make something out of nothing propels us towards a never ending quest for the American Dream. Everyday, banks give loans for one amount and get paid back more than what the money was worth. Retail stores buy at wholesale prices then turn around and sell at triple the price. It's all based off Supply and Demand. If I have a supply of what you want, then I can sell it for whatever amount you're willing to pay.  Simple Capitalism. ♪Be a simple kind of man and be something you'll love and understand♪ (Lynryd Skynrd)

So, why, if sales for profit happen everyday, without anyone batting an eye at it, why is it such a big deal for someone to sell a Blogher Conference pass on eBay at more than it cost?! Isn't that Capitalism at it's finest?! ♪don't hate the player, hate the game♪ (Ice T)

There is a low supply of Blogher tickets, and clearly a high demand, because people are bidding on it, (it's currently at $355, and the original price was $298.) Yet, all over Twitter and the Blogosphere, people are complaining about it. Some even used the word "disgusting" to describe the situation. "Disgusting?" Really?! Interesting, odd, weird, unusual, maybe even a little tacky; but disgusting?! The puppy poop between my toes the other night, now that was disgusting! But this, this, is just Capitalism.


♪Hey, said my name is called Disturbance
I'll shout and scream, I'll kill the king
I'll rail at all his servants
Well, what can a poor boy do
except to sing for a rock n roll band...
There's no place for a street fighting man♪
(Rolling Stones)