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Unread 08-12-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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How far in advance do you Pre-Reg?

Another ticket question! lol

Say you have had 2-3 years of really good experience at a con. It's now a definite part of your summer con schedule. Would you pre-reg a year in advance if you could?

I have been part of the committee for a very long running (like almost 30 years running) sci-fi con and this has been a success for us. Now I am hopping on board with a newer, more anime/fandom centric con with a much younger attendance base.

If you could pre-reg for the next year on Sunday afternoon of the con, would you? Even if there was no date or location set? (Although, generally it has been in the same place for 2 years and there is no concern about that changing)

I think people would go for it because we're trying to say, "Yes, we are doing this again next year!"

Edit: The con where they've done it before has made the year pre-reg even cheaper than the regular 3 month pre-reg.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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Probably not, just because I never know what might come up that would make it hard for me to go. If I'm absolutely positive I can go to a con, I'll still wait until at least four months before the con before I pre-reg. Something that does make me want to register earlier rather than later is if the price is lower in the early months.

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Unread 08-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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If tickets are limited, I would. I'd rather be out a little bit of money than be out of a good convention. If there's no attendance cap, I'll wait until I'm 100% sure I can go, since there's no worries.

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Something that does make me want to register earlier rather than later is if the price is lower in the early months.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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I'd register as early as possible. Screw work and school... I have other priorities!
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Unread 08-12-2014, 03:36 PM   #5
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I try to pre reg before the first price increase..I need to spend as little as possible, so if I can afford it while it's still at it's cheapest, I will. Doesn't always work out that way, but yea..
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Unread 08-12-2014, 03:41 PM   #6
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I try to register when it's cheapest. Although a whole year in advance is an awful lot of time and a lot could happen, like Titanslayer said I'd rather be out a little money than a great con. That being said, badge price has a decent impact on if it's worth it. I just pre-reged for a con where the early pre-reg was almost half the at-the-door price, and I know it's a con I'll go to every year, so it's worth it to me.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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Before the price increases, usually. Though I register the first day it's up for Anime North, since they have an attendance cap.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 05:43 PM   #8
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I try to do it when it's the cheapest- usually as early as possible. If I were sure I was going next year, I would most likely do it on the sunday if the price is cheaper. The last con I went to had an opportunity to pre-reg at the last day of the con, but it was the same price as the earliest pre-reg time next year, so I decided to wait since I was sort of financially drained after attending said con, haha. When there's no price difference, and the con is not likely to sell out, it might be a better idea to wait since things can come up. (Although that can still happen even if you wait)
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Unread 08-12-2014, 05:51 PM   #9
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I've never pre-reg for a con, anything can happen. And nope for your question. Planning such a thing one year before...
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Unread 08-12-2014, 05:55 PM   #10
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A year in advance is too far for me... Two reasons.

The first is money. I'm using PAX Prime as my example. I am still recouping from the cost of paying for my flight and all the misc stuff that I had to wait to buy. If I have to buy badges for next year within a week of the con ending... I wouldn't be able to. Or it'd limit my fun this year as I will have zero spending money at the con. I need a buffer between expenses.

The second is that I'm paranoid. Something will go wrong and I'll have accidentally deleted that year old email because it's so old. So now I'll have bought my badges... but I can't prove that I bought my badges and I'm SOL.

I personally like 3-4 months beforehand if I know for sure I'm going.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 06:17 PM   #11
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As soon as the convention is over, I tend to pre-reg at the first opportunity.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 07:03 PM   #12
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If that was me yeah I'd preregister. I usually do it 12-6 months in advance.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 08:27 PM   #15
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I pre-reg for AB as soon as I can. Typically that means waiting for it to go online, but if I happen to be at a con/event where the AB crew is taking registrations, I'm all over it. I love the con and want to be there each year if possible.
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