Not in my experience BF. I found if I didn’t get into the pre sale in early March it was ridiculously tough to get lower level seats especially at Etihad. MCG games in my experience were easier despite them being “blockbuster” games. It was one of the reasons I let AFL Membership go, along with saga related protest, but as others have pointed out, there’s about 20,000 others waiting for full AFL Membership so it wasn’t ever going to upset the AFL what I did. One would think access at Etihad would change soon given the AFL now own the stadium but it seems that change is slow in coming.
My family and I have high mark memberships now and I also have Centre Wing & Medallion Club access through work so feel I have a nice balance now which gives me as much, if not more, than my Full AFL Membership did. I still go to the GF, get prime seats to all our games at either venue and majority of my money goes to EFC.
As far as AFL Membership goes, it’s a compelling package and one that is a legitimate option to club membership. I had a robust discussion with Peter Jackson back in 2005 about why our membership package wasn’t more competitive given what AFL Membership offers, the answers given back then were along the lines of being comparative to other clubs packages which I think is complete rubbish given another club wasn’t competing for my membership dollars. Anyhow ancient history now.