According to my brother he tried 4 separate occasions and went through what constitutes the Con's line management. This means that this is a through and through, top/down, bottom/up policy. It also means he has contacted multiple individuals who basically don't care. The badge and tickets are all in my SIL's name and at will call. That makes it impossible for anyone but her to pick up/transfer.
I literally gave you an example of how they wouldn't need anything special to implement a solution:
1. limit transfers of badges to once per account (no cost addition)
2. bring both a notarized letter and video of the person stating their intent to give the badge for all four days ($15.00 cost to me to get notary as a deterrent to mass transfers)
3. bring one piece of the original badge holder's government issued ID (no cost addition, extra protection).
I'm not asking for a refund, I'm asking for a badge transfer and to continue using her name (no cost addition for printing a new badge - call be me by my SIL's name). That is a $0.00 cost policy change, with a minimal cost per person for the transfer ($15.00 on my end for a notarized letter) that could provide your con with positive PR and easily prevent the 'mass hocking' you all seem to think will happen. I would predict it could increase the transaction time to process me by 15% and would apply to 3-5% of Con goers per year.
To somehow complain that EVERY account (thousands of them) will try to use this to exploit and hock badges is to literally ignore common sense, basic ID theft prevention, account limitations/AI prevention protections, people not giving out their gov ID to randoms on the street, etc. Hence my claim of reductio ad absurdum (anecdotal life experiences set aside). Not to mention that if my brother had simply had the badges shipped we wouldn't even be talking about this. The con doesn't limit me from making 1000 accounts, ordering 1000 badges, and have them mail the badges to me to hock at the front door (for $200.00 you are named Jim Brown for 4 days, etc.). Those people/exploiters must already be active (if it is happening at all) so we'd only be looking at potential incremental exploitation issues which I'm sure would be <0.5% on a conservative basis (again its a $0.00 cost solution with a minimum $15.00 entry opportunity cost).
I think the REAL issue is that the business model for the CON is built on this policy. I bet they make 10-15% revenue off no shows due to this policy and oversell the badges at the CON on the basis that this will happen so that they can capitalize on the mass public (just like airlines). I would love for an actual con representative to come here and actually try to explain their policy, but they seem too ashamed or afraid to address the issue.
I think at this point they deserve bad PR. They absolutely don't deserve MY money and I won't attend the con in the future. I was just trying to find a solution that doesn't cost my brother hundreds of dollars and am confounded by the incompetence of the convention. It is either negligent (unintentionally hurting con goers and volunteers) or it is on purpose (ripping off people per their business model - even if you 'dress it up' as someone protecting the con from exploitation).
It is already a difficult value proposition to posit me providing tourism dollars to the USA when your current foreign policy threatens the livelihoods of thousands-millions of jobs in my country or the increase of cost for basic goods by 10-40%. I'm just 'literally' trying to help a brother out.