05/16/2014 08:09 PMI go to two other big shows (Dragon Con and San Diego Comic-Con) that also sell out, and I'm not aware of any way to buy blank tickets for those and transfer them to someone else later. Blizzard should require everyone to have a Battle.net account at time of ticket purchase, the names must be filled in at purchase, and the tickets cannot be transferred. In case of hardship, petition Blizzard for individual refunds but in general tickets are not refundable.
Posted by Batty
Sure, there are always people who will bum badges at the door, but that is a small minority compared to the wholesale scalping going on now.
Just because other places do it doesn't mean Blizzard should. The battle.net account was a requirement previous years since the tickets were sold from the Blizzard store. That however does nothing to deter scalping since the accounts are free and take all of 5 minutes to setup.
The idea of names being locked in at purchase has been brought up every year that I can remember. Someone always thinks it is the grand solution to the scalping problem. The problem is that it doesn't deter or stop scalping. What it does do however is waste tickets.
It doesn't deter scalping because scalpers can just put their own name on every ticket. They then would pick up all 4 badges at the con and give those badges to their buyers. So the only real change for them is that they are selling the badge, not the barcode emails. So in the end scalping lives on.
It wastes tickets because every ticket that is refunded like you are suggesting is lost. Considering how popular this event is it is dumb to take tickets out of circulation. Someone from Blizzard did an interview a few years back stating that they run Blizzcon at a loss. Every one of those refunded tickets adds to their loses. They also lose the benefit of having that person buy things at the store and possible help recover some of those losses.
Like I said above this is suggested every year. I would have to assume Blizzard agrees it is a bad idea or they would have implemented the changes years ago.