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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.

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:


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