Just the ticket? Not for everyone
The fog around Olympic tickets is blowing away. Most people now know whether they've got them or not and pretty much everywhere I've been this week the conversation has been about whether your bank account has been debited - and whether you struck lucky in the ballot.
The reason for this post is simply to let you continue the debate about whether the system was fair, and what you'd like to see happen next.
From the stories already on our website many people feel bruised by the process being an odd way round: debit made first and then you find out afterwards what you've got.
One of my own family members texted me to say the only way he could compute what he might have got from his mysteriously scaled down bid was if Locog were charging a £6 delivery fee - which indeed they are.
But it does seem somewhat brusque to have the email confirmation following so much later.
On the other hand, some of the responses this week give an indication of why the opposite way might not have worked.
People who wanted to go to judo in the morning, boxing in the afternoon and a swimming final in the evening are now understandably saying it's not really worth coming to London and booking hotels if they only got the judo prelims; and you can see that Locog could have risked a mass argument and attempts to trade already if the debits hadn't been made first.
Millions wanted tickets when they went on sale in March but many have been left disappointed by the outcome
Locog have defended the process and it's impossible to please everyone when demand so massively exceeds supply. But I was struck by letters in today's newspapers about what's seen as some tough outcomes.
Rob Michaels in the Daily Mail asks: "One man has been allocated £11,000 of Olympic tickets. What kind of idiotic system awards this many tickets to one person, while millions of others miss out?"
And Brenda Kersting wrote to The Times (full version behind the paywall) after three of her young relatives got no tickets: "There are many ways to design an allocation process to avoid the 'free-for-all' that cause websites to crash when tickets are released.
"The starting point could have been an attempt to ensure the broadest possible distribution, with the aspiration that every applicant receives a couple of tickets; reserving a proportion of tickets for those actively involved in the sport they wish to see, perhaps through clubs or national sporting federations; or giving priority to young people whose enthusiasm and involvement are so important for the future.
"These methods would not please everyone, and would be more complex for the organisers, but they would be more justifiable than an approach that appears to reward the size of a bank balance or a willingness to gamble."
And it's an interesting thought made by some correspondents that if an applicant was successful in one ballot, maybe they shouldn't then go through to further ballots - though that then brings you back to the: "I only got tickets for the judo prelims" argument.
Anyway, over to you. If you got no tickets, will you try to take advantage of the priority in the next round?
Or if you only got a fraction, how much has this dented your anticipation of next year?
Locog always knew this part of the Olympic build-up would be about disappointment as well as delight, but we'd like to know how you feel about the balance they've achieved.