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RocketBlender - 2013-03-08

Normally I'd laugh at the bronies like I do every other video, but these guys did kind of get screwed here. If I ever went to a convention that I had prepaid and got double charged when I tried to leave, I wouldn't even be able to pay.

Old_Zircon - 2013-03-08

The guys who made the video are definitely right.

Xenocide - 2013-03-08

Even worse is how they screwed over the people who work on the show.

For the actors, convention fees are a portion of their income, and most of them were left out in the cold and faced with travel and hotel bills they had been told would be comped.

Old_Zircon - 2013-03-09

Supposedly Hasbro contributed a decent amount, too.

Old_Zircon - 2013-03-09

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-G4JfFM-P8UUPj5CgfegwlIwlTIcAz OC-msrcbhHj7o/edit?pli=1

Old_Zircon - 2013-03-09

also http://www.roundstable.com/2013/03/01/fear-and-loathing-in-las-peg asus/

Cena_mark - 2013-03-08

A nerd and his money are soon parted.

EvilHomer - 2013-03-08

So much did you lose at this one?

Cena_mark - 2013-03-08

None. I'm just a casual fan. I don't buy any merch or go to conventions. I don't even spend much on wrestling. I have a few action figures. I only get 1 or 2 PPVs a year. I guess my point is no matter the fandom Nerds will spend tons of money. I know comic geeks who spend over 0 per month on comics, gamers who spend thousands of years, people who have spend more on war hammer figures than I've spent on my car.

RocketBlender - 2013-03-08

I know someone who'se sunk more money into Magic: The Gathering than I do annual doctor bills. It's insane.

EvilHomer - 2013-03-08

One of my Army buddies came home from deployment, first thing he did was spend three full months of pay on Magic Cards.

Kinda wish my dad hadn't thrown my MtG collection into a wood chipper when I was in middle school; I could have made a killing selling those things.

RocketBlender - 2013-03-09

My dad worked for Eastman Kodak's printing linup back when print media was much bigger. He sold companies that made pamphlets and magazines the kind of presses they needed to make what they did.

One of his biggest clients was Wizards of the Coast. While he didn't sell them the equipment to make the cards, those pamphlets on how to play the game they included in almost every starter and booster pack (you know, the ones you never read) came off his machines. He'd come back with packs and packs of pokemon and magic cards boosters.

Like a smart kid, I made a fortune off foil printed rare pokemon. I wonder if those old magic cards are still in the attic somewhere, and if they're worth anything.

RocketBlender - 2013-03-09

And for more fun, like a not-quite-as-smart kid, the card game everyone around me was into was the Star Wars one. That was made by another company, so I had to buy those myself, but I usually ended up scrounging enough for a booster every week or so.

I still remember opening a pack at the Jewel Osco while my mom was still doing the grocery shopping and OH MY GOD BLACK EDGE DARTH VADER CARD!! Thing was easily worth back then.

I knew just what to do. Unlike the pokemon cards, I was going to hang on to that sucker and let it appreciate in value. It just so happened that in three months, Lucas was going to be putting out Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, the movie all about Vader's origin.

That card will skyrocket in value after that movie makes Star Wars even more popular...

Old_Zircon - 2013-03-09

I wish I'd gotten into M:TG in middle school, because I was just in time for all of my Revised Edition cards to pretty much lose all of their value as soon as the Internet market blew up and people realized maybe - (which was the typical game store used price in my area) was too much to pay for Demonic Hordes.

Kabbage - 2013-03-09

Oh god. Apparently, those who had prepaid packages were given stacks of little gold-colored paper "bits" to use as currency. Bits being the coins they use in the show. Vendors were expected to accept these paper coins as money, then they'd be reimbursed at the end of the con with actual money.

When it all came crashing down, vendors now had piles of paper bits they can't exchange, rather than actual money.

Lordy lordy lordy

RocketBlender - 2013-03-09

According to some spot on the end, most vendors weren't accepting 'bits' because they were never told about them in the first place, meaning only those that were nice or trusted people that put together the con got fucked. Nice.

Wonko the Sane - 2013-03-09

So a bunch of man-children have poor organizational skills and can't be trusted with money?

Oh, my monocle!

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