People who are going to book hotels are going to buy packages, otherwise they're fucking retarded. There are places to stay, Lake Cahuilia hasn't sold out in years i believe, and there are always cheap motels outside of the immediate area. I wouldn't know, I camp. The only ones i know who get hotels are old people. A rental or condo would be the way to go, for cheaper if you get a group together. If i'm not staying onsite, i'd drive home every night.
Nobody is forced to buy a VIP ticket just to get a ticket. An overpriced auction ticket is still going to be cheaper. I will never buy from a scalper in person again.