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Fair ticket selling methods for large conventions
The argument about this topic was closed in the PAX forum and the mod said that this was the appropriate place to have this discussion, so I'll bite. Let's discuss.
I am one of the many disappointed people who completely missed the window and are unable to attend. I am frustrated, but I'm hoping this is a constructive conversation about finding the best solution for the future, not a place just to complain and express anger. I know the PA staff were as surprised as everyone else that they sold so fast, and I really hope they consider making improvements for next year.
Since the convention is so popular, there are always going to be people who don't get to go, and it's human nature for those who missed out to feel like it's unfair and for those who got tickets to feel like it's fair. I am trying to approach this from the idea that if I was unable to get a pass regardless, which system would make me feel like I had the most fair and equal opportunity?
Here is a list of ideas assembled from previous discussion:
1. Announce a day/time ahead of time for tickets to go on sale.
2. Choose a time in the evening, Pacific time to allow for west coast professionals to be home from work.
3. Sell tickets in batches so people can have multiple options/opportunities for attempting to get tickets.
4. Use a lottery system.
5. Make badges non-transferable and require photo ID or credit card verification at the convention.
6. Use alternative notification methods in addition to Twitter.