Badges Go On Sale For SDCC 2016

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Today (9:00am PST 12:00pm EST) tickets for this year’s open registration for the San Diego Comic-Con takes place. Be warned though, this year SDCC is using RFID technology. RFID, already in use by New York Comic-Con, means each badge is trackable, and should greatly cut down on counterfeiting and second market sales. Badges will be mailed out ahead of time, so you need to have a physical address if you want to go.

Comic-Con will sell badges to the general public during Open Online Registration, which begins shortly after 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Badges sell out very, very quickly and not everyone who participates in the Open Online Registration will have the option to purchase a badge. The Online Registration page will open at 8:00am PT / 11:00am ET to allow you to enter your registration code and authorize your computer to enter the online lobby/waiting area (it is strongly recommended that you use an actual computer for your Comic-Con ticket purchase and not a phone or iPad).

Think of this area as a waiting room at a doctor’s office. You want to get to there and have all your information ready so that when the doctor calls you in, you’re ready to go. It does not matter what time you entered the waiting room as long as it is before 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET. Those who have entered will called in random order for their registration session.

Here are a few of the FAQ's for the new badges: 

Q: What is RFID? 

A: RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. An RFID tag attached to your badge allows us to fight counterfeiting and make sure that every badge is valid for entry to Comic-Con. 

Q: Why are you shipping badges? 

A: Shipping badges in advance is convenient for attendees. It allows you to skip the badge pick-up lines when you arrive and proceed directly to the fun stuff! You will be able to pick up your Comic-Con publications (Souvenir Book, Events Guide, and Quick Guide) and souvenir bag at a designated location onsite. 

Q: Won’t shipping badges increase scalping? 

A: Comic-Con has always taken a very active role in monitoring scalping activity both online and onsite. We have discovered that the majority of badges being sold on the aftermarket are counterfeit. The Comic-Con Member ID system and the high level of demand make it very difficult for scalpers to purchase more than a couple of badges, so unscrupulous sellers have resorted to creating their own. RFID technology will help us eliminate the counterfeit badges that are being sold to unsuspecting customers, and will also allow us to “turn off” RFID badges that were stolen from your mailbox or undelivered.

Q: What if someone steals my badge from my mailbox?

A: As mentioned above, RFID technology will allow us to “turn off” your undelivered badge and issue you a new one when you arrive onsite. The badge that was lost or stolen from your mailbox will not be valid for entry to Comic-Con. Badges undelivered for any reason (moved/my neighbor stole them/postman delivered to wrong address/abducted by aliens) can be replaced onsite. We cannot reship undelivered badges for any reason.

Good Luck and enjoy SDCC 2016.

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