If I am correct, this phenomenon can also be seen in other events with mass popular appeal, such as the Super Bowl. How many true NFL fans never ever ever ever ever ever will get an opportunity to see a Super Bowl because so many of the precious tickets are given to some celebrity? How many tickets are immediately put up for resale on Stub Hub at 500% increase in value? I'm willing to bet one can find Comic Con tickets in such a manner. Folks who buy from an internet ticket reseller must be willing to pretend to be whoever's name is on the badge as they enter the convention center. It' s easy.
I am happy to say, however, that downtown San Diego in general becomes one large Comic Con. You do not need tickets to enjoy that... but the pessimist in me knows the City of San Diego too well. Whenever those parsimonious bastards find ways to turn a profit on something that was free, they do.
Case in point: Saint Paddy's Day celebrations (not the parade) and Fat Tuesday celebrations used to be freeeeeeeeee! So many people showed up and had a good time that after a few years the City started fencing off where the party was going to be held and charging a king's ransom for entry.
So I suppose I should clarify. I will be in downtown San Diego for the Con, but not inside the sacred shrine (the convention center) itself.