If you cant afford to room alone should you even be there

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Posted 3/11/19 , edited 7/11/19
This is my opinion but I feel like a lot of con goers can barely afford to room and get passes much less spend money in the dealers room and be able to afford food. In my experience very few con goers have decent enough jobs to be able to afford being there hence why you end up having like 8 people or more in a room at a con... Thoughts?
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Posted 3/16/19 , edited 6/21/19
What is the dealers room?
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Posted 3/16/19 , edited 3/16/19

karatecowboy wrote:

What is the dealers room?


Vendors

And to the Op, I consider sharing rooms to be more of a social experience associated with going to cons than to save money. Additionally I rarely purchase anything from the vendors anyway because most of them tend to be price scalpers. Better deals can almost certainly be found online most of the time unless it's custom work.
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Posted 3/18/19 , edited 3/18/19
I think if you can find a way to go, you should go. As you look back on your life, it is your experiences that you recall, and a convention is an epic experience. I am envious of people who have 7 or more friends, all into Japanese media. I assume those people are game buddies or something like that. I see them on the carpet playing card games and such. I'm told that some are online game buddies, meeting face to face for the first time at the convention. If all your game buddies are going, how can you not? You need to find a way. If I was in high school or college, I would not blink at sharing a room with 8 people. That's why they make sleeping bags.

Having said that, I have encountered some attendees that don't seem to be making good life choices. I met a couple in the concessions area. brother and sIster?, boyfriend and girlfriend? husband and wife? DIdn't ask and they didn't volunteer. Man left to go to the dealer area. Women explained that they lived together and she was a pet groomer and that the man was a writer who couldn't seem to finish anything let alone sell something, so basically, she was supporting both of them on a pet groomers income. She was hoping he didn't buy anything because it would be coming out of the household food budget. Sure enough, the guy came back with a $50 doll. I am leaning toward brother and sister as I can't imagine a girlfriend or wife putting up with that.

So, I agree. If you and your partner are going to have to live on instant Ramen for 2 weeks to purchase a stupid doll, maybe you shouldn't purchase a stupid doll . Collections of any kind are for people with disposible income. If your strapped for cash, then video games, videos, Manga, books, and other media collections. shouldn't be bought either. Borrow them, rent them, stream them, or find free sources. Don't buy them.

So in summary, have as many experiences as you can manage, but don't squander your money on collections.
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Posted 3/26/19 , edited 3/26/19
I'm not hurting for money, but I'll cram as many people into a room that can physically fit. Gotta save money for the important stuff after all....wall scrolls, figures, prints and other anime related goodies. :lol:


Vahvi wrote:


karatecowboy wrote:

What is the dealers room?


Vendors

And to the Op, I consider sharing rooms to be more of a social experience associated with going to cons than to save money. Additionally I rarely purchase anything from the vendors anyway because most of them tend to be price scalpers. Better deals can almost certainly be found online most of the time unless it's custom work.



Well that too, what's a con without the hotel parties?
You're not wrong, which is why I mainly stick to really well done prints.

flashsmith wrote:

I think if you can find a way to go, you should go. As you look back on your life, it is your experiences that you recall, and a convention is an epic experience. I am envious of people who have 7 or more friends, all into Japanese media. I assume those people are game buddies or something like that. I see them on the carpet playing card games and such. I'm told that some are online game buddies, meeting face to face for the first time at the convention. If all your game buddies are going, how can you not? You need to find a way. If I was in high school or college, I would not blink at sharing a room with 8 people. That's why they make sleeping bags.


Honestly, the last con I went to I tagged along with my friend's convention group and met 4 new anime fans in the process.
Now I just drag along my anime club members and brothers. Being able to group cosplay is an awesome way to have even more fun and meet people who like similar series. Plus you have people to do stuff with you like checking out restaurants in the area or playing games, etc.
I completely agree, if you can go do it. How often can you talk about anime with hundreds if not thousands of people who share the same interest?

In regards to OP, yeah but the more people you have you can help others who couldn't otherwise go enjoy the experience.
Some of my friends are semi-broke college students, who have enough money for the badge and food, but not $400-500 that you need for an entire weekend in the New York/Boston area hotel room. Hell, I wouldn't even pay that much for a hotel room for business unless it's on someone else's dime, seems like a waste of money.
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Posted 3/26/19 , edited 3/27/19
I usually get stuck with roommates because I end up going last minute and everything is sold out. There is also generally the perk of being within walking distance of the convention. For certain cons I plan ahead to, sure I'll get my own room. Other cons I only need a spot to lay my head and if that happens to be under the bed, so be it.... As long as they aren't breaking any laws, I am fine with it.

Americans generally can't afford their 500 - 1000 dollar car insurance deductible.... They shouldn't be living above their means and wasting money at cons. There were quite a few homeless people at the last CRX who still managed to get badges, so I don't think you will be changing anyone's mind.
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Posted 3/26/19 , edited 3/26/19
Cons are for everyone rich and poor alike! I'd hate to room with other people but I don't fault other people for not being fortunate enough to afford a room on their own. I'm an old hippie at heart so partying with friends in a cramped hotel room or van was some of the best times of my youth.
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Posted 3/27/19 , edited 3/27/19
It's a thing of priorities. You might have the money but if you prefer cut expenses by sharing a room it's your decision. A different thing would be going into debt to attend a con
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Posted 4/20/19 , edited 4/20/19
I've been to cons while down on my luck. Mostly while attending university, I would go with the rest of the anime club. I'd be sure to secure enough money to cover my percentage of the group price. I'd have a snack or something with me like an apple or a sandwich - not a full meal, but enough that I'm not starving. And I'd secure a little extra cash, maybe $20-40 tops for extra things from the Dealer's Room.

As others said, it's the experience that really counts. Should I have spent money on more food than whatever trinkets I got at the time? Maybe. But regardless I made sure I basically had enough to function and have fun... because as of now those couple of cons were some of the only ones I 've ever been able to attend at all.

I'm happy I made those decisions; admittedly money could have been put to better use, but honestly, the very idea of a convention in and of itself is a luxury and an argument could be made about wise spending no matter what your financial situation. The important thing is that I enjoyed it and I lived on. At least, to me.
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Posted 5/3/19 , edited 5/3/19
I have a big family so fitting 8 people to a room is our forte. But I'm lucky my siblings and I all love anime, so we go together and split hotel cost. And though we're sharing a room, we're not sharing with strangers. I think if someone knows they're in a position to scrap for cash, they should budget beforehand for the con. Even if its like $20 a month, by the con date it should cover the essentials.

On the other hand, I think it would be kinda nice to share a room with another group anyways. It's like one big fun sleepover. It's not everyday, you do the con experience, so staying up late talking about anime, playing games, or reading comics with other people like us even if its only for a couple of days would be worth the money for me (as long as everyone makes sure to shower,lol- seven sweaty people squeezed into an hotel room sounds a little musky). When its over we can return to our single bedrooms, and boring 9 to 5 jobs.
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Posted 5/5/19 , edited 5/5/19
I like having friends for roommates, last time I paid for the whole room (money is not really a big issue for me).

It is nice having a few friends along to chat to in lines , to go out to dinner with, provide a second opinion of if the wife will freak out with that Ryuko Matoi figurine, someone to help with putting on your cosplay, and of course watching 13 episode series each night in the hotel room when you should be sleeping.
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Posted 6/11/19 , edited 7/11/19
LOL i have the opposite problem. Im older and have enough money to afford a room but no one to go with!
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Posted 6/22/19 , edited 6/22/19
Personally this year I can't afford a room because of college restart one week after the convention ( Otakuthon in Montreal ). But I can afford to rent a car for the day. I'm going only on Saturday. I love going to this kind of event, so I see my priorities and possibilities for that. I can afford my ticket, my purchases and foods without problem.
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Posted 7/3/19 , edited 7/3/19
The joys of being a local. Free parking at the workplace and then take a free shuttle... but screw that, I'll pay the bus fare for ludicrous speed.
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Posted 8/20/19 , edited 8/20/19
If it's out of town and you don't have the funds for a room, yeah it makes sense not to go rather than try to room with possible strangers. If it's local though, just go for the day. Find a friend who can make the road trip if it's like, a couple of hours away.
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