For thousands of hopeful comic con nerds who hope to attend SDCC this year, yesterday was the first of many important days. Comic-Con Returning Registration (formally known as Preregistration) occurred yesterday at 9:00am PST. In previous years preregistration for the annual event was typically held in November. This year however the sale was pushed back until yesterday so everyone was very anxious at the opportunity to purchase badges. Comic-Con 2017 Returning Registration was open to all Comic-Con 2016 attendees. First time attendees were not eligible to participate in Returning Registration.
Potential attendees were allowed to log in to the waiting room one hour prior at 8:00am before the random sorting process began at 9:00am. Upon logging in the familiar spinning blue circle once again greeted past attendees as they waited (im)patiently for their chance to buy tickets to the greatest nerd show on Earth. There were some reports of people being kicked out of the waiting room for supposedly refreshing the page even though they hadn’t done so, but this appears to be small isolated incidents. Shortly after 9:00am the random sorting process began. Approximately 6-7 minutes later the system started letting people in to purchase their highly coveted badges.
Everything was flowing fairly quickly as happy nerds continued to purchase badges at a swift rate. As usual Preview Night tickets sold out first followed by Saturday, Friday, Thursday and finally Sunday. Approximately 58 minutes after the sale started all available badges were sold out. Overall I would have to say that the sale went very smooth with minimal problems. Unfortunately no system is perfect and in my buying group we did have an issue when the purchase page timed out unexpectedly when it shouldn’t have leaving one in our group badgeless.
If you were not successful at obtaining a badge don’t give up yet! Open Registration is slated to occur at a later date. If you can join a buying group I highly recommend it as it will increase your odds of getting a badge. Just make sure you join a group of people that you trust because ticket sale payments can not be split and you don’t want to end up paying for someone else’s ticket that won’t pay you back.
What were some of your experiences regarding Returning Registration? Any major problems or glitches? Please post comments below.