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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #150 on: October 13, 2019, 07:37:58 AM »
I got my receipt only 5 1/2 hours after I used my AMEX Gold Card.  I used AMEX because I forgot to notify my banks I would be making a big purchase and AMEX usually doesn’t block big purchases.
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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #151 on: October 13, 2019, 08:11:49 AM »
Good to know, I honestly didn’t know I could use Amex, I thought only Visa and MC.


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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #152 on: October 13, 2019, 08:50:45 AM »
FoCC is an outlier because we are organized and dedicated. Just existing means that we are a self-selecting group, because only those who are serious enough about going to SDCC are going to find their way here to post. We naturally attract people who want to learn more and are willing to put in effort to get what they want. So of course our results are going to be better! When we organize and work together, that only increases our odds.

I know that we were not able to open badge buying groups this year, but the parking and hotel exchanges are open to all regular posters, and we always share information freely regarding exclusives, offsite events, etc. The more you stick around here, the more you will learn!

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #153 on: October 13, 2019, 09:20:25 AM »
I logged in to the waiting room with three sessions and just before 9 I had to deal with a water pipe issue. Didn't finish until after 10 so...….no badges for us :(
Hope open reg is kind to us.

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #154 on: October 13, 2019, 10:26:42 AM »
I was part of Louie's group and looking back at the results, I felt like we CRUSHED it! I was able to get 4 days for myself, some friends, and another member from the buying group. I also had to help run my other friend's group and everyone in that group also got what they wanted! This year's Returning Reg was a definite success :) Can't wait to help out for Open Reg!

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #155 on: October 13, 2019, 12:37:47 PM »
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Anyone feel like this year was a little easier to get tickets as more people was disappointed of this years comic con and dropping out.

Definitely easier this year for the folks working in groups. Can’t tell if returning attendee population participating in the PreSale is lower due to two consecutive lackluster cons (2018 & 2019), but I suspect it is a major factor.

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #156 on: October 13, 2019, 12:40:20 PM »
I didn't know that buying groups didn't open this year. What happened?

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« Reply #157 on: October 13, 2019, 12:46:13 PM »
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I didn't know that buying groups didn't open this year. What happened?

Buying groups are at capacity due to tech limitations.

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #158 on: October 13, 2019, 12:48:14 PM »
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Definitely easier this year for the folks working in groups. Can’t tell if returning attendee population participating in the PreSale is lower due to two consecutive lackluster cons (2018 & 2019), but I suspect it is a major factor.

I have nothing to compare it to, since this was my first pre-reg.; but I did it alone with only one browser and got in. I had the opportunity to get 4 days, but I only wanted Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #159 on: October 13, 2019, 01:48:56 PM »
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Definitely easier this year for the folks working in groups. Can’t tell if returning attendee population participating in the PreSale is lower due to two consecutive lackluster cons (2018 & 2019), but I suspect it is a major factor.

Anecdotally, I know of a group of 6-8 who decided to not go next year, after having gone for the past 5-6+ years or so. The general feeling for them is they’re burnt out, and the hassle & stress of badges, hotels, lines, and prices just wasn’t worth it anymore. They’re big Hall H folks, so I can imagine the quality of programming lately also played into it.

That being said, I doubt the demand during Open Reg will be any less. For every person who’s done with SDCC, there are three more chomping at the bit to get in.


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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #160 on: October 13, 2019, 01:53:17 PM »
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Anyone feel like this year was a little easier to get tickets as more people was disappointed of this years comic con and dropping out.
Nope, my two codes (me, spouse) shut out again during Returning Reg, just like last year. But we did great (4 days) during last year's Open Reg, so fingers crossed.

I did experience a really weird glitch on one of my sessions, though: at around 9:30 or so (just after Saturday sold out) I swear that my screen momentarily switched to that "we are redirecting you" to the badge buy screen. But then a moment later it refreshed and I was back in the Expo waiting room.  :(

Oh well, if nothing else we're Returning Volunteers. so...  :)

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #161 on: October 13, 2019, 02:30:54 PM »
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Anecdotally, I know of a group of 6-8 who decided to not go next year, after having gone for the past 5-6+ years or so. The general feeling for them is they’re burnt out, and the hassle & stress of badges, hotels, lines, and prices just wasn’t worth it anymore. They’re big Hall H folks, so I can imagine the quality of programming lately also played into it.

That being said, I doubt the demand during Open Reg will be any less. For every person who’s done with SDCC, there are three more chomping at the bit to get in.

I'm seeing this more and more among the groups I follow. Most of these groups were started around the time I started making serious attempts to attend every year (2011-2012), so it may just be that 7-9 years is capacity for a lot of people and they could very well be replaced by new blood who will keep things insane for another 7-9 years.

Then again (and this is admittedly not based on anything scientific) I have noticed demand dropping in other areas. A number of my friends who have always had SDCC on their bucket list are now starting to say they don't care so much anymore. And I've noticed the comments on SDCC's page about people who can't get in have become more subdued. SDCC will still be gigantic for quite awhile, but I really do think that in 3-4 years, we could see it no longer immediately sell out.

And we've already seen the first domino fall -- volunteer registration (which was open nearly a month last year.)
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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #162 on: October 13, 2019, 02:54:30 PM »
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And I've noticed the comments on SDCC's page about people who can't get in have become more subdued. SDCC will still be gigantic for quite awhile, but I really do think that in 3-4 years, we could see it no longer immediately sell out.

I noticed this too! There was very little outrage on Twitter. Then again, this is Ret Reg, and most of us are experienced with the disappointment and know we have another — albeit smaller — chance in Open Reg. And I noticed more and more tweets to the effect of “I don’t need #SDCC” or “there are better cons to go to”. Which is true. There seems to be a surge of other cons that are slowly chipping away at the SDCC dominance.

I do believe the peak was three years ago, the last NerdHQ year. Since then, SDCC has felt... less. If this trend continues, then I can see demand having a noticeable downturn, though I agree, SDCC will be sold out for years and years to come.

I think we’ll get a better sense of general sentiment during Open Reg. Returning Registration alone is not enough to see if there is indeed a shift.

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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #163 on: October 13, 2019, 02:55:25 PM »
^I am actually see this with a lot of cons, not just SDCC. Pax doesn’t sell out anymore, but that may be cause the fifth day is a Monday. Thursday badges for NYCC were still available this year.  E3 doesn’t even sell out to the public. I think the con boom is going to taper off now.

To be fair though, I am cutting back on NYCC even though it’s my local con because I find things to enjoy about going to San Diego and because SDCC still has things for me to enjoy everyday while I’ve found that I can accomplish what I want at NYCC in one day
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Re: SDCC 2020 Returning Registration
« Reply #164 on: October 13, 2019, 06:46:47 PM »
I received my email notice that my credit card has been charged and I'm confirmed for my 3-day badge.
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