As you may recall, this Saturday is the FOURTH attempt at Pass-oween for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, with tickets going on sale with a new, multi-phase system which is being handled by TicketLeap, which explains in a press release:
A ticketing link will go live on the registration page at www.comic-con.org on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 9 a.m. PST. Registration is only being processed online and tickets will not be available at the door. Ticket buyers should not create a TicketLeap account prior to purchasing tickets, for TicketLeap accounts are only for individuals hosting events.
“We are thrilled to partner with Comic-Con to ticket the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world,” says Chris Stanchak, CEO of TicketLeap. “Our platform runs on Amazon Web Services to ensure that we can support such a high demand ticketed event.”
This is a little different than the system in the test, which required people to register to buy tickets and then buy them from a different company. The way we’re reading it, now you just buy your tickets from TicketLeap, and then Epic Registration handles fulfillment. A little complicated, but it does avoid massive handling fees tacked on by companies like Ticketmaster.
Perhaps more germane to the desires of people reading this blog, here’s TicketLeap’s tips to snag a ticket:
• Do NOT create a TicketLeap account at any time. These accounts are only for people hosting events. We don’t pre-store credit card information for ticket buyers, you will have to enter it manually on Saturday when you purchase tickets. By not creating an account before, during or after tickets go on sale this leaves our Support Team free to help those who need assistance.
• Have your information ready. Be sure your credit card billing information and each badge holder’s information is 100% accurate. If you enter your credit card information incorrectly, a pending charge will be placed on your card and your tickets will NOT be purchased. You will need the first name, last name and email address of each badge holder to complete your purchase.
• Don’t time out your session. Once you have successfully put tickets in your shopping cart, you have 15 minutes to complete the necessary buyer information. If you take longer than 15 minutes your tickets will be released.
• There are no phone sales. Comic-Con tickets can only be purchased online, so have your computer ready at 9 a.m. PST on Saturday.
STAND BY! IT IS REALLY HAPPENING.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.