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The Benefits and Dangers of Pre-Registering for a Fandom Convention

19 January 2010 by
Zenkaikon 2009 pre-registration pick up line - by Kelly Rowles

Zenkaikon 2009 pre-registration pick up/day of sale lines - photo by Kelly Rowles

The vast majority of fandom conventions, whether large or small, offer their attendees the opportunity to pre-register. What is pre-registration exactly? It means the attendee commits to attend the convention in advance, and does so by paying up-front. One of the ways conventions encourage this, is to offer those who pre-register a discounted price. It seems simple enough, right? But there are some complexities to the pre-registration debate, both from the position of attendees and of organizers, and I’ll attempt to address some of these below.

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