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5,000 Comic-Con Badges For Sale

Returned tickets provide last ditch effort for fans hoping to buy single-day pass



    5,000 Comic-Con Badges For Sale
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    Tracy Ho shows her costume as she is dressed as Tayuya during Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010.

    About 5,000 Comic-Con hopefuls may have a second chance to attend the event they’ve been anticipating all year.

    The organizers of the country’s largest comic book expo announced Tuesday that those who didn’t score Comic-Con tickets in March will have another chance to buy a single-day badge sometime in the next week. 

    The event runs from July 12 through the 15th at the San Diego Convetion Center and venues surrounding it.

    Tickets went up for grabs March 3, but were snatched up just 80 minutes after going on sale. Since then, thousands of tickets were returned, and are now up for resale.

    The sale will take place on an unknown day, sometime after Thursday, but not over the weekend or on Memorial Day, according to an email sent to Comic-Con members.

    The organizers will be using the same online system they have in place, in which hopeful ticket owners sign up online, and receive an email notification when they are eligible for the resale.

    “I’ve been dying to go to Comic-Con forever, and the refund is my last chance,” said Los Angeles resident Ashley Khawsy. “I’m keeping my eye on my email like a hawk.”

    Only people who sign up for a Member ID will be notified of the sale.

    The online member ID method was a first this year. It was designed to handle the high volume of ticket-buyers that flood the site moments after tickets go on sale each year. The website did not crash this year, but the new system frustrated many who tried to buy tickets.

    An email sent to members, warning them that just because the website didn’t crash in March, doesn’t mean it won’t crash during the resale.

    “It is important to remember that while great efforts have been taken for the badge resale to proceed smoothly, it is probable that the number of people attempting to purchase a badge, or technical issues, could have a negative impact on the process and your ability to get a badge for Comic-Con 2012.

    Check out Comic-Con’s website for more information on the resale.

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