Re: [Debconf-team] Subsidised bar prices
On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM, martin f krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> At DC13, where a drink was to cost 4 CHF (~$4.50), there was an
> outcry among the participants, resulting in the subsidy of drinks at
> the bar by the organisers.
I believe an important motive for the outcry was the fact that there
were no options. Also, before the subsidy, 1 coffee was 3 CHF, which
compared to 1 beer being 4 CHF seemed very high (i.e. I think quite a
bunch of people originally complained about the price of coffee, not
> What happened this year? The prices at the Rogue¹ were higher than
> in Switzerland, and yet, the bar was generally full, and plenty of
> us went to town, where the prices weren't cheaper.
This is true, but still people were free to go buy in a supermarket or
find cheaper options some other way. A lot of people went to Rogue,
yes, but they were not forced to and thus they didn't feel ripped off.
> Did you witness much exclusion? Did people resort to drinking in
> their rooms?
Some people did drink "in their rooms" (i.e. 5th floor), and I did see
people with less resources opting out of the bar.
> Obviously I am asking in the context of DC15, where the options are
> going to be lower. At 3€ (~$4) per beer on-site, need we even plan
> for drink subsidies?
If the beer is €3 per half-liter, I think we don't _need_ the subsidy
(of course it's always nice if possible, but it's not a necessity).
Do we know how much coffee would be? How much for non-alcoholic drinks?
Instead of spending money on subsidizing beer, I think it would be
nicer to sponsor a coffee-break in the middle of the afternoon,
including coffee/tea/lemonade + some nice German pastries.