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Feb 17, 2013

San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Attendee Badges Sell out in 96 Minutes

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2013 San Diego Comic-Con sold out. The San Diego Comic-Con International for July 2013 completely sold out of attendee badges in 96 minutes.  The  San Diego, California-based comic book convention within an hour and a half was completely sold out. “By 9:53, 4-day badges and 4-day badges with access to preview night were gone. 15 minutes later, Friday and Saturday single day badges were snapped up and by 10:36 it was all over.”

The San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 badge prices:

San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 badge prices

San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 badge prices

On the problems with this year’s badge sale:

Comic-Con can crow about the enormous demand for access to the July 18-21 event, but complaints about server errors and site crashes started even before this morning’s sales began…many fans came up empty-handed and feeling ripped off because of problems that plagued the convention’s complicated badge sales system for the second year in a row.

On the proposed solution:

In 2012, the organization admitted that numerous problems occurred with the sale of badges, and a resale of 5,000 returned and refunded badges was held shortly before the start of the convention. In a message accompanying today’s announcement that badges were sold out, SDCC said they may hold another such resale at a later date.

On San Diego Comic-Con International:

San Diego Comic-Con International is a multigenre convention held annually in San Diego, California, United States. It was founded as the “Golden State Comic Book Convention” in 1970 by a group of San Diegans, which included Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger and Mike Towry; later, it was called the “San Diego Comic Book Convention”. The name, as given on its website, is Comic-Con International: San Diego; but it is commonly known as Comic-Con or the San Diego Comic-Con or “SDCC”. It is a four-day event (Thursday-Sunday) held during the summer in San Diego, in southern California, United States. On Wednesday evening, there is a preview for professionals, exhibitors, and some guests pre-registered for all four days.

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Source: Wikipedia, Deadline