In just a few hours, including a few moments when the ticket selling service ShowClix just stopped operating all together, PAX Prime 2013 was completely sold out.
Normally I would be ecstatic that the social and media event was becoming so popular. The team that puts it together is one of the the best in the industry and I have never attended and had a bad time. This time though I’m a little annoyed. Selling out in just hours, with tickets selling on sites like ebay for $250 in some cases, shows that there is a serious problem with how tickets are distributed.
Let me explain why I’m angry. Head on over to eBay and check out the people that are selling tickets. You want a great example, check out user “whiskerbiscuit365” who has 39 listings for the tickets. This is a total of almost $3,900 that that person makes, because PAX and the ticket selling service allows it to happen. You want to dig deeper, start clicking through the names and see how many you start to recognize yourself.
I’m the only one that’s upset, if you saw the front page of Reditt this morning, or go into the gaming subreddit you can read a post from “shy_guy_says” that reads:
“To all of the scalpers selling their PAX tickets on Craigslist, I have a special place in my heart for you.”
The post had over 200 comments, all from people that were upset because of the blatant abusive of the ticket system. It is rather confusing why in today’s tech-ready society that we aren’t just selling the tickets to individuals. You buy the ticket, only you can use it. You buy a ticket for someone else, it has their name on it. The good would outweigh the inconvenience in my opinion. I don’t sell tickets for a living though, but the people that do, aren’t missing conventions designed for fans, families and friends. For the press, we don’t really have this issue, at least to this degree. Maybe that’s why others don’t write about it or haven’t noticed the growing trend and lack of response. Personally, I thinks it’s a terrible blemish on PAX’s otherwise stellar record.