And here's another thing, badge prices might also be going up as inflation rises in the country. Things every year get more expensive, including ACEN badges, guests, cleaning hotels, employee wages and ACEN has to pay for all that, and as it gets higher and higher, it's harder to get awesome super cool things. And with us being non-for profit, that makes it even harder. In general a lot of non for profit organizations are struggling because of lack of funding. I would not be surprised if ACEN is struggling with funds as well. Now yeah some cons get "better" guests but some are corporate funded or they could be smaller. A smaller con doesn't need as much space for people which in a way makes things cheaper. KollisionCon was itty bitty, so it was cheaper. When it comes to other popular cons like Youmacon it's about 14,000 people at the most (thank you wiki and random forum posts guesstimating this number) ACEN as least 6,000+ more people than Youma--more people that can destroy a hotel, ruin things and cause chaos.
And I would be fine with that if the con said "We needed to up the cost due to inflation or supply or etc." But they don't. they blame the attendees for it. Look at all the threads made every year after the convention saying "badge prices will up up because of such and such" It is rarely inflation or that a magical , awesome guest will be attending.
I just recently discovered Anime Expo is also a non profit. My mind= blown.
If it was just their short comings, I think people may be less angry or cynical. But Acen refuses to own up to anything, to be transparent as Chained_by_roses stated. And they need to be to gain that trust.
TO ANY MAPS OFFICIAL OR HIGHER UP READING THIS THREAD ( if you even read the forums)
Please, tell us why. Explain things. Stop telling us to trust so blindly. You won't lose those on the fence if you just tell the truth. It could be that things fell through with many planned guests. It could be that funds were shorter than you thought. It could be that you were too busy. It could be that you were too lazy.
Just say something, anything, truthfully.