We have another update on the train wreck that is called HasCon: it seems that now there are Groupon offers that can help reduce the ticket prices. On top of that, there is a code–BACKFLIP–that will take $250 off the VIP ticket.
Basically, if you jumped on this early, you overpaid. Worse? You might be locked into those prices; I’ve been hearing that cancelling and getting a refund might not happen. Hasbro might not allow it.
I literally do not know what the hell to think. This is not a joke.
Imagine that you are a fan that preregistered. You’ve paid your money in advance; you just need airfare and a hotel. Then you find out about this. All that extra money could have gone for the hotel stay or helped with the airfare. Now, you’re pissed but you discover that you can’t get a refund.
Would you even want to go at this point? Or would you say “Screw it!” and cancel? I know what I would do. It involves a stay-cation.
Hasbro, what the hell were you thinking? Inadvertent as it may have been, you just punished the preregistrants for your inaugural convention. Do you think that they’ll ever want to support you again? Do you honestly think that they’ll ever attend another of your conventions? Or maybe, do you think that they’ll drop you like a bad habit because they don’t want to waste their money?
I’m thinking the last one. Because that would be my reaction. If FP had ever done anything like this, they would have been torn apart by the fandom. This is the same fandom that tore them a new one because of a delay due to flooding. A boneheaded move like this would earn Fun Publications nothing but contempt. If this doesn’t earn Hasbro the same thing, I will be shocked.
This is like a train wreck. I know it won’t end well but I can’t look away. I’m actually glad that I don’t have a front row seat for this debacle.