I've had my tickets for the D23 Expo in hand since they came available last year. I passed on the first Expo, thinking it wouldn't be my thing, and it seems like I was wrong. I'm excited for this years event, and was even more excited about the possibility of participating in the auction.
Details came out about the auction (kind of) and it says that it will cost $45 just to (possibly) participate in the auction. This price will include, an auction catalog, a paddle, and a pin. So $45 to spend on a couple pages of probably poorly printed paper, a wooden stick with cardstock stapled to it, and a piece of metal with a pointy back all for the purpose of POSSIBLY spending ridiculous amounts of more money?
Not only do they expect you to drop almost $50 just to maybe bid on stuff, but they expect you to do it blindly. There's not even an auction catalog available yet, and "tickets" became available yesterday. Why does it seem like Disney wants to hinder people from bidding on things? Is it to discourage the riff-raff from up bidding without the intent to actually purchase anything? What else is included with this ridiculous cover charge? Last (non Disney) auction I went to, I didn't have to pay anything to get in, get my paddle, I was able to sit down, relax, there were complimentary snacks and beverages, and heck! They even bought us all lunch!! And it was all FREE.
I'm just frustrated that not only do I have to pay just to get in to the expo, but now I also have to pay to watch an auction that might not even have anything I want? What's going on here? What kind of game is Disney trying to play?