I thought the ticket prices were very affordable.
£26 - Saturday entry ticket
(Included free talks, free exhibitions, free access to see the guests signing away, spacious hall room, very close food outlets, and free wash room facilities.)
£26 - Shatner's World Tier 6
(I could see him clearly and heard almost every word.)
£11 - DS9 talk
(I queued up over an hour before it began, and got a great seat. For £11 it was fantastic value.)
£15 - Guest autographs
(Most of them were £15 - £20 and you got to meet them and engage in personal conversations with them and shake their hands or even hug them. I spent hundreds to see the Queen appear at the palace balcony and others had spent thousands, and sometimes the crowds are so big you can't see her at all as you are so far back in the crowd, and this can be said for many celebrity events. So there I was meeting the guests in person, and we're talking to each other so friendly, shaking hands and giving us hugs. The experience is so memorable. Spending £15 - £20 to have direct contact is fantastic. I think Shatner's autograph was around £50 but I can understand his importance in the show. At DSTL 2012 I only got a glimpse of William Shatner in the distance because there was so much security and there were many dividers and wall partitions put in place. The great thing at this convention was, there were no dividers so you could see the guests very easily signing away and appearing on the bridge photo shoots. I saw Shatner so often that I rarely used my camera at all because I had grown accustom to seeing him and the guests so freely about the hall. If there was one downside it was that it made 'the moment' of seeing them less special because we got to see them so often about the place.)
£5 - Vendors. True there were very few of them but from what I saw the items for sale were not expensive. I was tempted to buy several things, not because I wanted them, but simply because they were going cheap and I was looking for a souvenir. I saw vintage toy figures going for just £5 and I knew I could buy some and sell them on ebay at a profit.
Overall I thought the prices were affordable and pretty much like most other conventions. For me it is a once-a-year event so I am concentrating far more on meeting the guests. The event was good, but not great. I think when we experience a past convention that was great, everything else afterwards is judged to be better or worse and is rarely judged on its own merit. I'm sure many saw the event as the best ever.
Edited by Aaron2029, 11 October 2016 - 05:52 PM.