3 MARCH 2012
Update: All badges are gone. Four day, single day, everything. Comic Con sold out in 90 minutes, a record.
The good news: the system didn't crash. I know many people experienced initial delays, but ultimately the morning proceeded somewhat smoothly.
The bad news: a lot of people with Member IDs aren't getting badges at all. My sympathies if this is you - I can only imagine how frustrating that must be. Remember that people do turn badges in for refunds (I think I saw mid-May as this year's deadline) and those all go up for sale around June. Also, usually Comic Con will sell off hotel and badge packages in late June that are really convenient, although the hotels tend to be Mission Valley ones. Oddly, last year's packages did not sell out right away but took several days, I expect due to lack of publicity. So don't think the Con is out of reach for you yet.
The glitches: Apparently the email link didn't work for some people and they had to cut and paste, a delay that probably bumped them back ten thousand in line.
The main surprise was how fast four-day badges sold out. They were gone immediately, with or without Preview Night. Which we knew they would, but they were unavailable even for people who entered the waiting room at a low number.*
And as much as I complain about CCI's incompetence, I think they made a smart move in announcing the badge sale date only after the Member ID registration period closed. The media couldn't run with the Registration Day news until it was too late for anyone else to get in, which probably cut way down on the contenders. At this point, Comic Con attendance is basically the survival of the (most organized and zealous) fittest.
Hope everyone got the badge they wanted.
* Matt McGloin of Cosmic Book News entered the room at around 9500 and was able to buy two Preview Night Badges but not a third; people entering around 10,000 weren't able to get four day badges at all. That provides an idea of when they sold out. Apparently people really teamed up, which made the badges go fast but also probably helped the system function more smoothly.