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2013 San Diego Comic-Con Sells Out in 96 Minutes, But Not Without Some Technical Glitches Along the Way
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:55 pm, February 17th, 2013
It was never a question that badges for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on sale this morning at 9AM PST, and by 10:36 they were all gone.
For the second year in a row SDCC required that those wishing to buy con passes register on the site beforehand. Last year that didn’t go well, with the con eventually having to resell 5,000 returned and refunded badges. For the 2013 con, taking place from July 18-21, Deadline writes:
complaints about server errors and site crashes started even before this morning’s sales began. With each announcement of sold-out badges, the convention’s Twitter feed blew up with new gripes from baffled customers. Many fans reported bumping up against permanent “site over capacity” messages, while others noted noted the lack of updates unrelated to sales, and one even claimed that the wrong support phone number was posted.
Ahhh, the sweet smell of SDCC chaos. It has begun.
Per Deadline, “In a message accompanying today’s announcement that badges were sold out, SDCC said they may hold another such resale at a later date,” so if you weren’t able to get a pass this morning all hope might not be lost.
Feel free to gloat in the comments if you were able to snag a pass or weep Internet tears if you weren’t.