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KcrashKcrash Registered User new member
edited September 2012 in PAX Archive
All I saw one day was, there was a problem with registration and no idea when it would be back up. Next thing I know is, all the tickets are sold out.
I am pretty upset that
1) There was advance notice given on the pax website when tickets would go on sale.
2) Then no notice when it was post-poned when they would go on sale again.

This was very poorly done in my opinion.

I was really looking forward to this as I have never been close to a gaming convention before, yeah there is always next year. But I work full time and do not always have access to a computer.
So I doubt I will be attending next year as well if this is the way it continues.

Yes I have heard you can go and possibly buy tickets at the convention. But I am not wasting my gas or time for something I could have just easily done on the net.


*gets off soapbox*
Perhaps next year this will be better organized and the website more up to date when tickets will go on sale, instead of letting telling us after the fact.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    You will not be able to buy tickets at the con. Whoever said this is very wrong. Sold out means sold out.

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • KcrashKcrash Registered User new member
    Just annoys me something I have been looking forward to for the past few months, as I have been looking at the website almost every other day. No warning, no nothing, no notice of when tickets will go on sale.
    Just splat, oh by the way tickets are on sale and 3 day passes are sold out. Which you are S-O-L, but hey good luck next year. It is a very poor way to run things in my opinion.

  • Cultural Geek GirlCultural Geek Girl Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Kcrash wrote: »
    Just annoys me something I have been looking forward to for the past few months, as I have been looking at the website almost every other day. No warning, no nothing, no notice of when tickets will go on sale.
    Just splat, oh by the way tickets are on sale and 3 day passes are sold out. Which you are S-O-L, but hey good luck next year. It is a very poor way to run things in my opinion.

    This has been discussed extensively in several now-locked threads, so I will give a few short points:

    The best way to get notified when tickets go on sale is to wait until the previous PAX is over (East, if Prime is what you're trying to attend), and then follow @Official_Pax on twitter. You can set it up so that messages from that twitter get sent by SMS to your phone, and if you do that you'll be one of the first to know when they go on sale.

    Announcing "they're on sale now!" works better than announcing beforehand when they'll go on sale because... well... announcing when they will go on sale beforehand means that thousands of people will be hammering the site incredibly hard that entire time, so hard that often the site stops working. This way the rush is spread out a little longer, and you don't get people reporting "blizzcon style" problems with website lag and crashes loosing reservations.

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  • GeeCeeGeeCee Registered User regular
    So then what would you recommend, posting a time and date ahead of time so that they sell out even faster like concert tickets? If you followed official_pax on twitter, you would have found out when they went on sale, like I did. Both times.

  • Brian4120Brian4120 Registered User regular
    Kcrash wrote: »
    Just annoys me something I have been looking forward to for the past few months, as I have been looking at the website almost every other day. No warning, no nothing, no notice of when tickets will go on sale.
    Just splat, oh by the way tickets are on sale and 3 day passes are sold out. Which you are S-O-L, but hey good luck next year. It is a very poor way to run things in my opinion.
    Okay. Fair question. How would you suggest PA improves the way it runs registration hm?

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  • sanovahsanovah Nerd of the West San Diego, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    PA did NOTHNG wrong and they handled it the best they could. the reason they sold out was because of all the scalpers. There are currently 98 tickets on eBay alone. It'll keep getting worse each year until PA does something like attaching a name to the pass and making it unchangeable except for a spelling mistake

  • repeterepete Registered User regular
    I dont understand how prime sells out almost immediately but east sells out over the coarse of months
    can someone explain this

  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    This is the 9th PAX in the Seattle area vs. the 3 that have happened in Boston. The Seattle one is slightly more established, to say the least. Plus East has been exhibiting phenomonal growth in terms of how quickly it sells out, just like Prime.

    Plus Prime is at a generally more favorable vacation time comared to East.

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  • ComplexityComplexity Registered User regular
    There are a few reasons, pete.
    Prime is more popular
    No Blizzcon this year
    SDCC sold out insanely fast, many people didn't get tickets for that
    League of Legends North American regional is at prime this year.

  • RavengerRavenger Trolololo Registered User regular
    sanovah wrote: »
    PA did NOTHNG wrong and they handled it the best they could. the reason they sold out was because of all the scalpers. There are currently 98 tickets on eBay alone. It'll keep getting worse each year until PA does something like attaching a name to the pass and making it unchangeable except for a spelling mistake

    98/70,000 attendees?

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  • zephusdragonzephusdragon Registered User regular
    I see nothing wrong here. Heck the passes went on sale fairly "late" if you go by previous years. As for the "scalpers" I'm betting a good chunk aren't even real, until they have a pass in hand, it's worthless. They are just taking advantage of people's jitters over PAX selling out quick.

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  • QuintiousQuintious Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    sanovah wrote: »
    PA did NOTHNG wrong and they handled it the best they could. the reason they sold out was because of all the scalpers. There are currently 98 tickets on eBay alone. It'll keep getting worse each year until PA does something like attaching a name to the pass and making it unchangeable except for a spelling mistake

    There were like 45,000 tickets sold total, right? 98 tickets represents .02% of ticket sales.

    Here's the bottom line (beaten to death even more than the horse laying next to this topic).

    If X represents the total number of people who want to go to PAX and
    If Y represents the total number of tickets available for PAX and
    If X-Y>0 then
    Some people can't go to PAX

    You're either in or you're out. Sounds like some of you are out. That's life.

    Quintious on
  • DarkAonDarkAon Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Nobody expected it to sell out as fast as it did. It sucks that you didn't get passes, but there isn't anything that can be done about it now other than taking the risk and cost of buying from a third party. Following @Official_PAX with SMS notifications would be your best bet for passes next year, which will probably sell out even faster.

    This has been talked about to death earlier this week. Expect your topic to be locked shortly.

    gdGxyA3
  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    There will be a suggestions thread after pax for you to post a well thought out suggestion. We are not having 100 complaining threads about badges.

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