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SDCC '13 Passes Sell Out in 93 Minutes with More Tech Issues

Rant Comic-Con by Lucas Lowman

San Diego will be full of geeks, as all attendee badges for San Diego Comic-Con 2013 sold out in just over an hour and a half, barely shy of the record set in 2012. But many fans came up empty-handed and feeling ripped off because of problems that plagued the convention’s overly complicated badge sales system for the second year in a row. Passes went on sale this morning at 9:00 AM Pacific, and as disappointed fans found out via the convention’s Twitter account, they disappeared fast. By 9:53, 4-day badges and 4-day badges with access to preview night were gone. 15 minutes later, Friday and Saturday single day badges were snapped up and by 10:36 it was all over.

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.

In a message accompanying today’s announcement that badges were sold out, SDCC said they may hold a resale at a later date.

Hopefully one of these years they can get it figured out.

But never fear, GeekTyrant will be there passing on the awesome news to you our awesome readers! 

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