Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pricing queues and fairness

Should people be able to pay for the privilege of going to the front of the line? Sandy Banks of the LA Times doesn't think so, at Disneyland at least. She compares premium passes to premium seating at Dodger games, but the issues of fairness she raises are the same complaints heard against congestion pricing on roads, not about the cost of baseball tickets.

I'm amazed that it has taken as long as it has for amusement parks (and other businesses, such as paying an extra dollar per ticket to buy movie tickets online) to pick up on this idea. Maybe if people get used to the idea of paying for short queues at Disneyland they will support the same idea for freeways.

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