Comic-Con to Try Badge Sale Again

Not one but two companies will handle the registration test

After two failed attempts and thousands of disappointed and frustrated fans, Comic-Con 2011 organizers will try yet again to sell badges to next year's convention.

In what's being called a test, registration will open briefly Wednesday at 8 a.m. allowing only the first 1,000 to be processed.

Thousands of Comic-Con fans were disappointed when the company's online registration system failed twice on two separate days in November.

On Nov. 1, on the original sale date, Comic-Con had to shut down badge sales when the site crashed. When they tried to resume sales on Nov. 22, it was only a matter of minutes before it was apparent the glitches were not gone.

"Really, this is ridiculous. You would think they learned from the first fiasco," buyer Elisa Miranda posted. "I spent 2 and 1/2 hours waiting the last time. Not going to do this again!"

Comic-Con announced the test on their website Tuesday saying they have researched options and haven't found one company that can handle the volume of traffic the site receives when badges are offered online.

"After two failures, we believe the best option is to use the combined efforts of both a ticket seller (TicketLeap) and a registration company (EPIC) in tandem," organizers wrote on the website. "TicketLeap will be responsible for managing initial badge requests, while EPIC will send unique registration log-in codes, and process badge registration/payment."

"We realize having to log in to two separate sites is an inconvenience, but we hope this will result in a successful and less stressful experience for attendees," the company posted.

The test begins Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. PST. People will be limited to purchasing only two 4-day badges without Preview Night. The cost of those badges are $105 for adults and $52 for juniors/seniors.  Badges for Comic-Con 2011 are only available online and usually sell out pretty quickly.

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