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Purchasing Badges For Others

Comic-Con International Registration Update
Grab your lucky rat tail and cross your fingers! If you’re selected for a registration session you may purchase badges for up to three people – yourself included! Read on to learn how!

As you know, Comic-Con 2019 Returning Registration is only open to Comic-Con 2018 paid attendees. Anyone who wishes to purchase a badge must have their own valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID and must be eligible to participate. 

After 300 years, the Sanderson Sisters are back and they are hoping to attend Comic-Con 2019 together in July. If Winifred wants to buy a badge for Mary and Sarah, they need to make sure they are all eligible to participate. In order to verify their eligibility, each sister needs to log in to their Member ID account and look in the top right corner. If the “OK CC’19 Paid Attendee Return Reg” flag is visible, they are eligible to participate!

Winifred will need the Comic-Con Member ID and last name of everyone she wishes to purchase badges for. On October 13, she will enter her registration code any time between 8:00 – 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) to enter the Expo Logic waiting room. Badges will go on sale shortly after 9:00 AM PDT. If she is randomly selected for a registration session, she needs to input her own Member ID and last name to begin the registration session. A prompt will ask for the number of eligible attendees you'd like to purchase for. Now, form a calming circle and take notes … Since Winifred is hoping to get a Saturday badge for herself, Mary, and Sarah, she will select 3. She must pay close attention and choose her selection on this page carefully because not even the most powerful spell will enable her to return to this page once she selects "Continue".

Comic-Con International Registration Update


The next step is the badge selection page! Winifred has already validated her Member ID and is ready for badge selection. Next, she’ll input Mary and Sarah’s Member ID and last name, then select “Validate”. Once the Member IDs are validated, she can select badges from the available inventory and proceed to checkout, chanting, “And now you’re mine!”

An order acknowledgement will be sent to the buyer via e-broomstick (or vacuum) immediately after the order is submitted. We will begin processing credit cards, and a buyer’s receipt will be sent to the buyer’s email address within 48 - 72 hours. Everyone will then receive their individual badge confirmation to the email associated with their Member ID account at least 72 hours after Returning Registration is complete.

Now, a talking cat told us (his name is Binx, by the way) that one of the most popular pages in Spellbook is the Badge Buying Group elixir. It is vital that you only drink the potion of a well-organized buying group with a good communication process in place. Buying groups can be helpful, but we've seen an increasing number of people get shut out due to disorganized efforts and lack of communication.

Once a Member ID is used in a registration session, it is locked for 15 minutes. If your Member ID is used by someone in your group, you will not be able to use it if you are also selected for a registration session, and may find yourself yelling, “Amuck! Amuck Amuck!”. Your Member ID will not validate, and you will receive an error message: “There was an issue when attempting to validate this Member ID.” If you receive this error message, your Member ID may have been used by another participant and Comic-Con will be unable to help you. Not even lighting a black flame candle can help you. 

Also, keep in mind that your registration code is only good for one entry into the waiting room, and sharing your code could get you locked out. Do not attempt to enter it on multiple devices and browsers. Doing so will authorize the most recent device the registration code was entered on, and your previous device will become unauthorized. Buying groups often share their registration codes, which can lead to a lot of confusion. 

And lastly, but of the utmost importance: We highly suggest only joining a buying group with people you trust. If someone in your group attempts to sell or scalp their badge (we’re lookin’ at you, Jay and Ice), all badges in the order will be canceled, including yours.

Not all eligible attendees will be able to purchase a badge during Returning Registration. There are far more eligible attendees then available badges. Entry to the waiting room does not guarantee you a badge or registration session. Preparation is key! We encourage you to bookmark Toucan - the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tricks and treats in the week leading up to Returning Registration.

Bye bye!