Originally Posted by Cherrin
isn't it ridiculous how you can miss valuable time at a con (which you have paid an expensive amount for) just because you have to get in line for a badge? and it's even more ridiculous how the pre-reg line was longer than the regular registration line. pre-reg is supposed to be faster...
Waiting for pre-reg. at cons shouldn't be like waiting for a ride at Disneyland, because at a con you have stuff you should be doing rather than spend hours waiting to get your badge. I personally don't understand people who can tolerate waiting the longest time (6-10 hours are the longest wait-times I've heard) for badge pick-up on the day that the convention is already happening. That's half your day spent.. Is there an event, a guest, or something in the Dealers' Hall that would make you give up that much time being stuck in the registration line for?
Dragon*Con is one similar convention where the at-the-door registration almost always moves faster than the pre-reg. line. In the years that I've attended D*C, I've never pre-reg. for the con because while I pay more ($15-25 difference) it takes me only 5-10 minutes to go zig-zagging through the turnstiles, pay for my badge, and then pick-up my badge. True, the at-the-door badges aren't as-nice as the pre-reg. ones, but time to me is more important.