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Why non-transferable passes and a lottery really are the better way to sell Prime passes

FTVFTV Registered User regular
edited May 2014 in PAX West
When an event begins to sell out in minutes instead of days then it's already a lottery. Just one that has in insanely small, unknown window in which to enter. I for one would be much more sane right now if I could have just signed up for my badges and later got an email if I got them or not.

Also if they made the passes non-transferable then all the scalping ends and the lottery now becomes way easier to win.

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    ryamkajrryamkajr Registered User regular
    Just a suggestion. This has been covered ad nauseum on this site MANY MANY times. Your opinion is perfectly valid, but this will not end well. Just sayin'.

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    kcrobinsonkcrobinson Registered User regular
    I agree that it can be like a lottery now, but it's not a pure lottery and there is some skill and devotion involved. To me that makes it better than a pure lottery where everyone has an equal chance without any effort. Sanity is a small price to pay.

    Making passes non-transferable is a terrible idea.

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    zwitterionzwitterion Registered User regular
    I buy for family members too, so would it be an all or nothing thing for all of us, because if not I wouldn't bother. Having one member of the family get badges and the other who all go on vacation together don't would be horrible. They should just go live now that everyone went away and let it come a little more naturally. They are going to get crushed again tomorrow, and the next day as well. Either that or do it on the weekend when people are less glued to their computers and more interested in fun outside.

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    emarecksaykayemarecksaykay Registered User regular
    edited May 2014
    I think the existing system works just fine. As long as they keep putting out a twitter notification when badges go on sale, people should still be able to get them, if they really want them. This way, the people who are truly desperate enough to get in, get in, and the people who aren't willing to put in the extra effort of setting up twitter don't.

    The solution to all of this, really, is just time. BCEC is planning to double the size of their convention center, and I recently learned that WSCC has similar plans. PAX will be able to grow to meet demand. There's also a PAX South coming that might spread demand out a bit more (people might be willing and able to go to two conventions a year, but how many can attend all three in the States?). We just have to be patient. For the next few years, things may be a bit crowded and it'll be difficult to get tickets, but over the long term, I think people will be getting as much PAX as they can handle. Who knows, maybe they'll open a fifth show, too.

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    FTVFTV Registered User regular
    They could allow you to enter for exactly the same pass purchase limit they have now. Groups of 4 people would then be all or nothing. Or you could enter for one person if you don't care how things pan out as much.

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    RavenHuskyRavenHusky Registered User regular
    http://prime.paxsite.com/news/the-registration-sellout-faq

    There is no solution that doesn't simply take badges from one person, and give them to another.

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    FTVFTV Registered User regular
    I think the existing system works just fine. As long as they keep putting out a twitter notification when badges go on sale, people should still be able to get them, if they really want them. This way, the people who are truly desperate enough to get in, get in, and the people who aren't willing to put in the extra effort of setting up twitter don't.

    The solution to all of this, really, is just time. BCEC is planning to double the size of their convention center, and I recently learned that WSCC has similar plans. PAX will be able to grow to meet demand. There's also a PAX South coming that might spread demand out a bit more (people might be willing and able to go to two conventions a year, but how many can attend all three in the States?). We just have to be patient. For the next few years, things may be a bit crowded and it'll be difficult to get tickets, but over the long term, I think people will be getting as much PAX as they can handle. Who knows, maybe they'll open a fifth show, too.

    These are great points. I hope they can find a way to meet demand eventually.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2014
    We are currently taking a break from registration threads for the moment. It's not going away permanently, and if you want to have this discussion when that break is over, in the new thread, go for it.

    Geth, close this thread.

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    GethGeth Legion Perseus VeilRegistered User, Moderator, Penny Arcade Staff, Vanilla Staff vanilla
    Affirmative zerzhul. Closing thread...

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