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Comic-Con International => SDCC Registration and Badges => Topic started by: Transmute Jun on September 06, 2017, 12:35:02 pm

Title: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 06, 2017, 12:35:02 pm
As we have for the past few years, we will once again be hosting badge-buying groups for SDCC 2018. If you were in a returning registration OR open registration buying group last year for SDCC 2017, the following groups will be formed again for 2018 badges:

Transmute Jun Group
Omraged9/TardisMom Group
Batgirl/TeriQueen Group
NCDS Group
Louie_Rob_M Group
Mlgagne Group
SoCalNerdGal Group
Jristen Group
Wolfgirl1272 Group
BenEatsRice Group
TSnyder Group

You should receive a contact from these groups. If you do not, please contact the group leader. (SoCanNerdGal Group members, she should be contacting you later today.)

If you were a member of the Freight Group or BT Handles Group in 2017, those groups have decided to split off from FoCC and run on their own. Please contact your group leader for details.

The SDCC buying groups on FoCC have been very successful. When we first started, there were only about 100 people interested in participating, but this has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, just a few short years later, we have about 1,000 people involved in FoCC SDCC buying groups. Unfortunately, Google sheets have a limit, as do our dedicated forum members who work with and help organize our technology. At this time, it looks like we are just about at that limit. Without assistance, we will not be able to expand SDCC buying groups further.

Right now, we can take a few more members into the current buying groups. We are not able to accommodate new buying groups, and the current buying group leaders are taking on as much as they can. In order to create new SDCC buying groups in the future, we're going to need help. If we get this help soon, we might be able to open up new buying groups for open registration next year. But there are no guarantees.

So with that said, we are asking for help. If anyone is good with Google/Excel sheets and is willing to step up and assist, that would be awesome! This an opportunity to learn with our team. Seriously, the ladies who run the tech side of the buying groups are great people and know their stuff, they just need help.

We are also looking for someone who is interested in helping with developing an app to address the current buying group limitations. We would appreciate any volunteers who have skills or a strong interest in learning or helping with coding, design or project management. We are pulling a team together and need other skill sets to round out the project.

If this site has been helpful to you and you have wanted to give back, now is the time. Anyone who is able to assist, please contact Alyssa and she can discuss our needs with you.

Buying groups for SDCC 2018 returning registration are now closed. Welcome to all of our new members!

Joining a buying group requires commitment to the group. All members of all buying groups must be willing and able to do the following things:


In addition to these rules, individual group leaders may have other restrictions as to how their group is run. These rules are in place to ensure a smooth buying experience that is fair to everyone. Any group member who breaks these rules can and will be prevented from participating in further buying groups on this site.

Good luck to everyone during the upcoming returning registration!
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: TardisMom on September 06, 2017, 02:20:25 pm
Thanks for getting the process started, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login !!  With any luck Ret Reg will be happening pretty soon (November?)  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Mario Wario on September 06, 2017, 03:10:07 pm
Well, this is news to me about the group I was in splitting off -- time to contact the group leader to see what is up. I should be ok but I will play it safe.

Update: My group leader messaged me back and he explained what is going on.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: sessionka on September 07, 2017, 08:42:52 am
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As we have for the past few years, we will once again be hosting badge-buying groups for SDCC 2018. If you were in a returning registration OR open registration buying group last year for SDCC 2017, the following groups will be formed again for 2018 badges:

Transmute Jun Group
Omraged9/TardisMom Group
Batgirl/TeriQueen Group
NCDS Group
Louie_Rob_M Group
Mlgagne Group
SoCalNerdGal Group
Jristen Group
Wolfgirl1272 Group
BenEatsRice Group
TSnyder Group

You should receive a contact from these groups. If you do not, please contact the group leader. (SoCanNerdGal Group members, she should be contacting you later today.)

If you were a member of the Freight Group or BT Handles Group in 2017, those groups have decided to split off from FoCC and run on their own. Please contact your group leader for details.

The SDCC buying groups on FoCC have been very successful. When we first started, there were only about 100 people interested in participating, but this has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, just a few short years later, we have about 1,000 people involved in FoCC SDCC buying groups. Unfortunately, Google sheets have a limit, as do our dedicated forum members who work with and help organize our technology. At this time, it looks like we are just about at that limit. Without assistance, we will not be able to expand SDCC buying groups further.

Right now, we can take a few more members into the current buying groups. We are not able to accommodate new buying groups, and the current buying group leaders are taking on as much as they can. In order to create new SDCC buying groups in the future, we're going to need help. If we get this help soon, we might be able to open up new buying groups for open registration next year. But there are no guarantees.

So with that said, we are asking for help. If anyone is good with Google/Excel sheets and is willing to step up and assist, that would be awesome! This an opportunity to learn with our team. Seriously, the ladies who run the tech side of the buying groups are great people and know their stuff, they just need help.

We are also looking for someone who is interested in helping with developing an app to address the current buying group limitations. We would appreciate any volunteers who have skills or a strong interest in learning or helping with coding, design or project management. We are pulling a team together and need other skill sets to round out the project.

If this site has been helpful to you and you have wanted to give back, now is the time. Anyone who is able to assist, please contact Alyssa and she can discuss our needs with you.

With all of this, if you are interested in joining a buying group, please fill out the following Google form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_DkJgqkvFMBKdshrWkBIBwJ_P6G9FNlz5CN3IddrGmc/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=598dd0e3

Filling out the form does NOT guarantee you a spot in a buying group, but we will be allocating the spots we have to those who have filled it out. We have limited spots for people to join the existing buying groups, and the form may be shut down with no/minimal warning if we are approaching full capacity.

Joining a buying group requires commitment to the group. All members of all buying groups must be willing and able to do the following things:

  • Be eligible for the 2018 returning registration badge sale.
  • Share personal information with the group leader. This includes (but may not be limited to) your last name, phone number and email address.
  • Purchase badges for strangers (other people in the group, whom you may not know). Note that you are not allowed to buy badges for anyone who is not in your buying group. As such, make sure your friends/family are all in the same buying group.
  • Stay online/in the waiting room during the sale even if a badge has already been purchased for you, to help out others in the group by buying for them.
  • Join in a group chat (to be determined by the group leader) to stay in touch with your group on registration day.
  • If someone else buys a badge for you, payment should be made immediately (usually Paypal) to the buyer. Ideally this should be done within 24 hours of the badge sale.
  • If you buy badges for someone else, you should mail a screenshot or copy of the confirmation email to them immediately, so that they can confirm that they have a badge. At this time, it is appropriate to offer your payment information (usually Paypal) so that they can refund you.

In addition to these rules, individual group leaders may have other restrictions as to how their group is run. These rules are in place to ensure a smooth buying experience that is fair to everyone. Any group member who breaks these rules can and will be prevented from participating in further buying groups on this site.

Good luck to everyone during the upcoming returning registration!

How do we go about volunteering to assist?
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: alyssa on September 07, 2017, 08:58:30 am
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How do we go about volunteering to assist?

PM me
if you could include an idea of what you're interested in doing? if you have skills etc all
I'm flat out so i may not get back to you for a day or two-
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 07, 2017, 12:08:09 pm
Thanks for the question, Sessionka!  As Alyssa said, PM her. Click on the 'speech bubble' below her avatar.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: archenemy on September 11, 2017, 02:41:58 pm
I didn't hear from Melanie (Mlgagne Group) so on Thursday I sent her an email, but I still haven't heard back. Is she not heading the group anymore? Is there someone else I should be contacting?
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: mlgagne on September 11, 2017, 03:11:06 pm
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I didn't hear from Melanie (Mlgagne Group) so on Thursday I sent her an email, but I still haven't heard back. Is she not heading the group anymore? Is there someone else I should be contacting?

Confirming that the Mlgagne group will still be running for Returning Registration 2018. The group should be getting an e-mail regarding Google sheet sign-ups, etc. within the next week, so please keep an eye on your inboxes!  :)

Also, my apologies You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - I meant to get back to you this weekend, but I had an emergency with the washing machine that threw everything out of sync, LOL.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: archenemy on September 11, 2017, 03:23:39 pm
Ahh good to know.  :) No worries about getting back to me late. I just thought maybe there was something I missed with our group (and I obsessively worry about every little thing when it comes to Comic Con).
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 11, 2017, 04:10:30 pm
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Ahh good to know.  :) No worries about getting back to me late. I just thought maybe there was something I missed with our group (and I obsessively worry about every little thing when it comes to Comic Con).

As are we all! I'm glad you posted! It's good to make sure issues are resolved quickly.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Tenraii on September 12, 2017, 01:36:54 am
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How do we go about volunteering to assist?

OMG almost missed to register Q__Q (I'm a newbie and quiet nervouse sorry X'D)

I hope there is still a free spot left  ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Tenraii on September 12, 2017, 01:40:48 am
may I ask when we will get to know if we made it into the buying group? (or how many days it might take to get something like a notification?)

Best wishes, :D


Tenraii / aka Carolin
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: takaya on September 12, 2017, 02:03:26 am
It will be interesting and funny if I can get into a buying group XD
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 12, 2017, 05:41:46 am
There are still places available in the buying groups. I believe everyone who has already signed up has been contacted by a buying group leader to join.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Tenraii on September 12, 2017, 06:39:39 am
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There are still places available in the buying groups. I believe everyone who has already signed up has been contacted by a buying group leader to join.

if I got this right the current groups are just for returning registration right?. I did not make it for this year but filled out the form(I think I'm quiet useless in a buying group then?..although in the form I were asked if I've ever been to SDCC before. ((2018 would be my first time. so I'm a new attendee) :-(
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: alyssa on September 12, 2017, 06:55:56 am
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if I got this right the current groups are just for returning registration right?. I did not make it for this year but filled out the form(I think I'm quiet useless in a buying group then?..although in the form I were asked if I've ever been to SDCC before. ((2018 would be my first time. so I'm a new attendee) :-(

pre-reg is only open to folks who've been to sdcc last year.
we are working on getting some type of buying groups available for folks who are only able to do gen-reg. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Tenraii on September 12, 2017, 07:00:26 am
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pre-reg is only open to folks who've been to sdcc last year.
we are working on getting some type of buying groups available for folks who are only able to do gen-reg.

okay so I was a little to excited. ^^° sorry for that. I will wait patiently for the right group now. :-(
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 12, 2017, 04:42:47 pm
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if I got this right the current groups are just for returning registration right?. I did not make it for this year but filled out the form(I think I'm quiet useless in a buying group then?..although in the form I were asked if I've ever been to SDCC before. ((2018 would be my first time. so I'm a new attendee) :-(

Yes, right now we are just looking for people to participate in returning registration, for people who attended on a paid badge last year. That's because this sale will happen first.

If we can (based on any help we receive) we will open up buying groups again for open registration in the spring.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Ginas_place on September 14, 2017, 12:38:57 am
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pre-reg is only open to folks who've been to sdcc last year.
we are working on getting some type of buying groups available for folks who are only able to do gen-reg.

OK good!  I was afraid that there may not be groups for those of us trying for the first time
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: michelleeddington0523 on September 14, 2017, 02:31:49 am
Okay

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Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: alyssa on September 14, 2017, 05:33:36 am
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OK good!  I was afraid that there may not be groups for those of us trying for the first time

We do not know if we will be able to help new folks. as You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said it depends on if the folks who've been doing the buying groups are are able to find & train enough organizers.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 14, 2017, 05:40:30 am
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We do not know if we will be able to help new folks. as You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said it depends on if the folks who've been doing the buying groups are are able to find & train enough organizers.

Agreed. We have about 1,000 people in buying groups,and our tech capabilities are pretty much at their limit. We are asking for help from those in our community who have programming experience, can build apps, or have knowledge of Google docs. IF we are able to expand our capacity, then we will definitely open up groups for open registration next year. But right now that is up in the air.

If anyone has tech skills and would like to assist, please PM Alyssa.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: laomatt on September 17, 2017, 12:28:16 pm
if anyone is interested helping with the organizer app, the link to what we have so far is this: http://sdcctickets.herokuapp.com/ .

So far its just me, but if anyone out there has dev skills, particuarly: git, javascript framworks, ruby on rails . wants to help just PM me and I'll see about getting you added to the repo.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: alyssa on September 18, 2017, 09:40:40 am
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if anyone is interested helping with the organizer app, the link to what we have so far is this: http://sdcctickets.herokuapp.com/ .

So far its just me, but if anyone out there has dev skills, particuarly: git, javascript framworks, ruby on rails . wants to help just PM me and I'll see about getting you added to the repo.
Look for a pm from me in the next few mins... i may have found someone
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: rocki09 on September 19, 2017, 03:33:45 pm
How long before we get a reply to registering for the buying groups?  Just making sure I haven't lost the email :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 19, 2017, 05:10:34 pm
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How long before we get a reply to registering for the buying groups?  Just making sure I haven't lost the email :)

You should have received a response already, Rocki.

Hmmm... I'm not seeing your signup. That may be the problem. Please try signing up again.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: rocki09 on September 19, 2017, 05:54:22 pm
hmm I received an automatic reply for registering. No email if I am in a group but I will try again. Thank you
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: NCDS on September 19, 2017, 09:29:00 pm
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hmm I received an automatic reply for registering. No email if I am in a group but I will try again. Thank you

Be be patient.   Remember that filling out the form does not guarantee you will be in a buying group.   It lets the leaders know that you would like to be in a buying group.  Then they have to determine if they have room.  If it is determined there is room a group leader will contact you.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Cory on September 24, 2017, 03:52:33 pm
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There are still places available in the buying groups. I believe everyone who has already signed up has been contacted by a buying group leader to join.

I was in SoCalNerdGals group last year, but neither my wife nor I have heard from her this year.  Is she still running a group?
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 24, 2017, 05:08:15 pm
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I was in SoCalNerdGals group last year, but neither my wife nor I have heard from her this year.  Is she still running a group?

She is running a group. Please contact her. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: rocki09 on October 06, 2017, 02:55:25 am
With the Comic Con prices coming out and Registration ending Oct 6 I think its going to be late Oct/Early Nov
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: kihou on October 13, 2017, 09:53:36 am
My husband and I applied on the form, hoping that it is not too late to be considered at least (we know we aren't guaranteed).  This would be our third time at SDCC, and both years prior we just tried for tickets by ourselves, so we are interested in learning more about a buying group to increase our odds and hopefully help others out as well.  If we don't make it into a group this year, we will definitely be looking for more info next year :)  Thanks all for organizing it! 
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: ocwankenobi on October 13, 2017, 04:54:03 pm
I clicked on the link in this thread earlier.  the buying group has 5 people max ?  is that true ?  I just don't want to misunderstand it. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on October 13, 2017, 06:21:54 pm
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I clicked on the link in this thread earlier.  the buying group has 5 people max ?  is that true ?  I just don't want to misunderstand it.

No. I think what you saw was a question asking how many people are in YOUR group. So for example if you need badges for yourself, your spouse and your child, that would be a group of 3.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: angeladominguez on October 18, 2017, 05:44:50 pm
My husband and I qualify for returning registration. That means we would have 1 spot left if we can get into anyone group!
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Praetorian011 on October 18, 2017, 05:55:12 pm
Returning Registration on 10/28, its official!! :)

https://secure.comic-con.org/toucan/blinking-lights-are-sending-message-%E2%80%A6-comic-con-2018-returning-registration-coming
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: dixie626 on October 19, 2017, 10:15:34 am
Can anyone share what your Google sheets doc looks like?  (The doc you use during the sale.) Trying to set up my own buying group with people I know from work, but I'm trying to figure out how the buying order is randomized so it's fair for everyone.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: SamTurtledove on October 19, 2017, 11:08:08 am
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With the Comic Con prices coming out and Registration ending Oct 6 I think its going to be late Oct/Early Nov

You guessed right!

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2018 SDCC Badge Prices

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compare SDCC 2017 Badge prices at http://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=7693.msg191993#msg191993

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  just a quick note.  The CCI https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/returning-registration page added the following

All purchases are subject to a $5 handling fee per member.

So if buying three badges, factor in the cost of each member's handling fee.


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https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/returning-registration


Returning Registration

Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration will begin shortly after 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Saturday, October 28.  We encourage you to read all of the information below and bookmark Toucan - the Official Blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon [1] - for important instructions on how to participate.
 
Although we strongly recommend that you read all of the information on this page, here are the top six tips for Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration:
 
• Your browser should have JavaScript and cookies enabled to function reliably in the Expo Logic waiting room.
• You can purchase badges for up to three people – yourself included – if you are selected for a registration session. Each person must have their own Comic-Con Member ID and must be eligible to participate in Returning Registration. You may not purchase badges for others using your own Member ID.
• In order to purchase a badge for another eligible attendee, you will need their last name and Member ID.
• You must enter the waiting room before 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). To enter the waiting room, you will need your personal registration code.
• Only use one browser tab or instance when trying to purchase badges. Multiple tabs within the same browser can confuse the waiting room/badge sales process and cause your transaction to fail.
• Add do-not-reply@comic-con.org and ccireg@expologic.com as an approved/authorized sender to your email account.

 
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Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration is open to all Comic-Con 2017 paid attendees. First-time attendees, professionals, guest of professionals (paid or complimentary), trade professionals, exhibitors (and exhibitor-purchased attendee badges), retailers, volunteers, staff, complimentary passes, and press are not eligible to participate in Returning Registration. Registration for these categories will occur at a later date.
 
To see if you are eligible to participate in Returning Registration, log in to your Member ID account [3]and select the “Registration Info” tab. Please keep in mind that not all eligible attendees will be able to purchase a badge during Returning Registration. There are more eligible attendees than badges available. You can increase your chances of obtaining a badge by reading the following instructions carefully and having your personal information ready on the day of the sale.
 
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BADGE TYPE              Adult      Junior**    U.S. Military / Senior**

Preview Night         $45.00    $23.00    $23.00
Thursday                $63.00    $31.00    $31.00
Friday                    $63.00    $31.00    $31.00
Saturday                $63.00    $31.00    $31.00
Sunday                  $42.00    $21.00    $21.00

**Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. [5] Juniors (age 13 -17) pay junior prices. Seniors (60 years and older) pay the Military/Senior reduced price. Active-duty military with ID pay the Military/Senior price. This deal does not extend to military dependents.

All purchases are subject to a $5 handling fee per member.


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To help restrict ineligible members from entering the Expo Logic waiting room, Comic-Con requires that you enter your personal registration code to access the Expo Logic waiting room. The link to the waiting room and your personal registration code will be sent to you via email at least 48 hours prior to Returning Registration. You will also be able to access the waiting room link and your registration code in your Member ID account at that time.
 
Each registration code is good for one entry into the Expo Logic waiting room. Your registration code will authorize one browser and one device only. Do not share your registration code! If you share your registration code with another person or attempt to enter your registration code on multiple devices or browsers, the new device/browser will be authorized and your old session will expire.
 
If your family plans to authorize multiple registration codes for entry to the waiting room, you must enter each code on a unique browser or device. Attempting to enter a registration code using multiple tabs within the same browser will confuse the registration process and cause your transaction to fail. Remember: One browser instance per registration code!


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The Preview Night badge option may only be purchased if you buy a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday badge. Preview Night is not a stand-alone option. As in previous years, if you purchase all four daily badges (Thursday through Sunday) they will be automatically converted to a 4-Day badge. You cannot opt-out of consolidation. 
 
Children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Click here for more information on our Child Badge Policy. [5]
 
Comic-Con accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express only. We're sorry, but we do not accept PayPal. If your debit card has a Visa or MasterCard logo, you will be able to use it for purchase.
 
PURCHASING BADGES FOR OTHERS

During Returning Registration you may purchase badges for up to THREE people total, yourself included.
   
  • Each individual you are purchasing for must be eligible to participate and they must have their own confirmed Comic-Con Member ID account.
  • You will need the Member ID and last name for all individuals you are buying for. You do not need their Member ID password.
  • You may not purchase badges for others using your own Comic-Con Member ID.

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The Expo Logic waiting room and badge registration system has been tested on the following browsers. We cannot guarantee your results should you use a browser not listed below:
 
Firefox: Any version
Google Chrome: Any version
Internet Explorer: Version 11
Safari: Version 7 or later
Microsoft EDGE: Any version
 
Attempting to purchase badges using multiple tabs within the same browser will confuse the badge sale process and cause your transaction to fail. Only use one browser tab when trying to purchase badges.
 
Your browser should have JavaScript and cookies enabled to function reliably with the Expo Logic waiting room. These features are usually enabled in the default configuration of most modern web browsers. If you do not have these features enabled, it is possible that the waiting room application will not function properly.
 
The Expo Logic badge registration system is not formatted for iPad, tablets, or mobile devices. Although mobile devices can be used to purchase a badge, Comic-Con is unable to guarantee that the registration system will behave as expected using a mobile device.
 
Please make sure your computer's power saving setting are off or adjust them if needed. You do not want your computer to power down or go to sleep while you are in the Expo Logic waiting room.


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Do not refresh while you are in the Expo Logic waiting room! The Expo Logic waiting room will automatically refresh every 120 seconds. If the blue circle is spinning, your page is active! Refreshing your browser in the waiting room may cause technical difficulties or remove you from the waiting room.
 
If at any time you are disconnected from the Expo Logic waiting room, simply return to the landing page and enter your personal registration code again. You will be put back in the same random group you were assigned. This only applies to registration codes that were authorized prior to 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
 
Your personal registration code will only authorize one device and one browser to enter the Expo Logic waiting room. If you attempt to enter your registration code on a different device and/or browser, your registration code will authorize the NEW device and your old device and/or browser session will expire. You may not run multiple tabs or sessions of the waiting room within the same browser. We strongly recommend that you log in to the waiting room using only the computer and browser you plan to use on the day of the sale.
 
The Expo Logic landing page will open for registration code entry at 8:00 AM PDT on the day of the badge sale. You do not need to rush to the landing page at 8:00 AM PDT! Eligible attendees will have one full hour to enter their registration code and authorize their device/browser to enter the waiting room. Early arrival to the waiting room does not provide any advantage over those who arrive later than you.
 
Shortly after 9:00 AM PDT, Expo Logic will begin randomly moving groups from the waiting room to a registration session. It does not matter what time you entered the waiting room and entry to the waiting room does not guarantee you a registration session. Not all members will be selected for a registration session.
 
The Expo Logic waiting room will close for entry at 9:00 AM PDT. You cannot enter the waiting room after 9:00 AM PDT! Admittance to the waiting room does not guarantee you a badge or a registration session.
 
If you are selected for a registration session, you will need to enter an eligible Comic-Con Member ID and LAST NAME. Do not enter your Member ID and password. Only Member IDs that have not yet been used for a registration session will be eligible.
 
Once you have successfully logged in to a registration session, you will be prompted to select the number of people you are purchasing badges for during the sale: 1, 2, or 3. Pay close attention to the number of people you select, as you will not be able to return to this page.
 
You will have 15 minutes to complete your entire registration session and purchase! We strongly recommend having your credit card information ready and all of the Member IDs and last names of the people you are purchasing badges for. A delay in inputting this information may cause your session to expire.
 
*Important* It is critical that you do not use your browser’s back button during any step of your registration session! If you need to remove a badge selection, you will be given the option on the final review page. Comic-Con International cannot guarantee that your Expo Logic registration session will behave as expected if you use your back button during any step of the registration process.


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While Comic-Con has made every effort to make the badge purchase experience fair for everyone, it is possible that problems outside of our control could result in the system not working as planned. The possibility exists that anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software may aggressively block browser cookies, JavaScript, or other operation of modern web applications. It is also possible that user error, specific hardware problems, local ISP issues, or simply the extremely high level of demand beyond our control may result in your computer and/or browser not behaving as described above. While Comic-Con has done extensive testing, we make no guarantees that your efforts will result in a successful badge purchase regardless of when you enter the process.
 
As always, we are sincerely grateful for your continued support and interest in our event. We know that purchasing a badge can be a challenge and we are constantly exploring options to improve your online registration experience. We will continue to offer deeply discounted rates for juniors, seniors, and active-duty members of the military, as well as one of the most generous free child badge policies [5] in the comic convention industry.
Source URL: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/returning-registration

Links:
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[2] https://www.comic-con.org/colorbox/ajax/entity/4639/field_collection_item/field_full_width_image?width=850
[3] https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid
[4] https://www.comic-con.org/colorbox/ajax/entity/4640/field_collection_item/field_full_width_image?width=850
[5] https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/child-badge-policy
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Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: NCDS on October 19, 2017, 11:08:39 am
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Can anyone share what your Google sheets doc looks like?  (The doc you use during the sale.) Trying to set up my own buying group with people I know from work, but I'm trying to figure out how the buying order is randomized so it's fair for everyone.


Unfortunately we cannot share google sheets with you.   We have invested a lot of time and work into them and it would be unfair to the creators to share them with anyone else.

Each of our group buys differently so as for making it fair you will need to discuss with your group.  I know some of ours do lottery, some first come first serve, and others just pick who they buy for.  Would discuss with your group what they think is more fair.   Good luck

Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: dixie626 on October 19, 2017, 11:23:40 am
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Each of our group buys differently so as for making it fair you will need to discuss with your group.  I know some of ours do lottery, some first come first serve, and others just pick who they buy for.  Would discuss with your group what they think is more fair.   Good luck

Thanks.  Finding it a little tricky since our group includes two married couples - who I don't think would want to go without their spouse.  Any suggestions on how you normally handle that?  I'll probably just discuss with them but open to suggestions.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: semigeekgirl on October 19, 2017, 11:24:08 am
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  just a quick note.  The CCI https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/returning-registration page added the following

All purchases are subject to a $5 handling fee per member.

So if buying three badges, factor in the cost of each member's handling fee.

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Aaargh! Hulk smash! I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate added fees. They're deceptive and smarmy. I understand CCI has costs, but if they need a $5 processing fee per member, then they should just work it in to the badge price. So many people will not see this note and then will just get hit with a random fee at the end, with no choice but to pay it. It leaves a bad impression right when you should be celebrating successfully getting a badge.

Ugh, seriously, I am deeply angry about this. Off to go readjust my budget spreadsheet...

ETA: Also, can You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login or another mod add this note to the official "2018 Badge Prices" thread? I'd like fellow FoCC members to be prepared for it, at least...
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Louie_rob_m on October 19, 2017, 11:48:42 am
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Can anyone share what your Google sheets doc looks like?  (The doc you use during the sale.) Trying to set up my own buying group with people I know from work, but I'm trying to figure out how the buying order is randomized so it's fair for everyone.
You can just put their names in an online randomizer, And everyone gets what they get.

Or you can create an online sign up sheet or process That is 1st come 1st serve. Then you can set the buying order based on the order everyone responded

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Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Michael M on October 19, 2017, 12:17:34 pm
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Aaargh! Hulk smash! I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate added fees. They're deceptive and smarmy. I understand CCI has costs, but if they need a $5 processing fee per member, then they should just work it in to the badge price. So many people will not see this note and then will just get hit with a random fee at the end, with no choice but to pay it. It leaves a bad impression right when you should be celebrating successfully getting a badge.

Ugh, seriously, I am deeply angry about this. Off to go readjust my budget spreadsheet...

ETA: Also, can You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login or another mod add this note to the official "2018 Badge Prices" thread? I'd like fellow FoCC members to be prepared for it, at least...

So a full-on 4-Day + PN = $281...if you're trying to get two others in as well that $281 x 3 = $843...holy !@#$%
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: rabbitwarren on October 19, 2017, 12:45:45 pm
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Can anyone share what your Google sheets doc looks like?  (The doc you use during the sale.) Trying to set up my own buying group with people I know from work, but I'm trying to figure out how the buying order is randomized so it's fair for everyone.

Here is a template for random sort.   It basically involves creating a subgroup where people who have to be together are put in the same subgroup, generating a random number and using vlookup on the subgroup value.  Note, to keep the random value static, copy and then paste values into the same group of cells. 


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aVTbYz_k9pbsDqQzTJTGU4ZivK-2f6OScnrrwSfAj6A/edit?usp=sharing
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: dixie626 on October 19, 2017, 01:46:16 pm
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Here is a template for random sort.   It basically involves creating a subgroup where people who have to be together are put in the same subgroup, generating a random number and using vlookup on the subgroup value.  Note, to keep the random value static, copy and then paste values into the same group of cells. 

Interesting way to do it, thanks!
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Transmute Jun on October 19, 2017, 03:26:46 pm
The FoCC Buying Groups are now closed. We will not be able to take any more people for Returning Registration.

We MAY be able to open up groups again for open registration at the dn of the year. This is TBD.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: tsnyder on October 19, 2017, 03:32:18 pm
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Thanks.  Finding it a little tricky since our group includes two married couples - who I don't think would want to go without their spouse.  Any suggestions on how you normally handle that?  I'll probably just discuss with them but open to suggestions.

You can do the randomizer for overall priority but most groups have subgroups within their groups.  When the married person gets in they buys for themselves first, spouse second (their subgroup), and the highest name on the list for their 3rd spot.  As long as it is noted ahead of time I've never seen any issues with it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: heychalice on October 23, 2017, 06:47:07 am
If anyone outside of this is looking to do group buying please let me know!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: wolfgirl1272 on October 23, 2017, 11:05:57 am
I totally missed that $5 handling fee, need to let my group know. I need to get better at reading the fine print.
Title: Re: SDCC 2018 Returning Registration Buying Groups
Post by: Zero on October 30, 2017, 02:53:06 am
Now that the excitement and anxiety of returning registration has calmed down, I speak for the core moderating team when I say the following:

I want to take a brief moment to thank our group leaders (and their seconds) for a job well done during this sale!  Without all of your time, effort, and dedication, the buying groups wouldn't be as successful as they are.   A big "Thank you!" to the group members for participating and helping each other out as well.  Keep up the great work!