What the flying fuck.
That news reporter was PURE IGNORANT. So, rather than those geeks spending hundreds of their hard-earned cash on cosplays and merchandises and handmade goods, wahey throw their money to 'better' things i.e. subscribed charity and possibly stock trade
I am no avid cosplayer, not even a bloody geek and I only attend cons in Dublin, but COME ON--- watching that had shocked me, that reporter was ignorant, the questions are truly embarrassing, only there to provoke congoers' reaction, in the name of entertainment.
I guess it sounds PHWOAR that Comic Con hiked their 4-day ticket price, but we all know that they have more awesome things, so that should be worth paying for. As long as the congoers saved up their money, what more should we say about it? Better than wasting their money and lives away on booze and drugs like most homeless people ended up there.
I'm sure big conventions pay taxes. That's contributing to the economy.