CES registration now open & evidently charging media, not cancelled yet

CES 2022 is open for registration now in advance of it potentially being cancelled for Covid-19 in January. I mean, nothing screams health and safety like people flying in from all over the world to congregate in buildings with recirculating air.

CES 2022

This year appears different however. After a cancelled 2020 and an abysmal 2021 virtual performance, the 2022 version will not only require bloggers and media to provide a whole lotta proof they’re the bare minimum, they’re also charging for you to attend. I wondered why it wasn’t this way before as some media outlets tend to pay for placement there.

Am I up at arms? Not really!

The already wallet-draining CES experience (to bloggers of my level,) will also now require proof of vaccination in an accepted form (good on them,) before they’ll print a badge. Show up without accepted proof and no access to your records? Have fun with that.

And no refund or 2023 event contingency that I see. That said the site is so slow searching for anything is like pulling teeth. The only cancellation thing I can find involves submitting in writing by Dec 14th and getting a refund minus a $25 processing fee.

As usual, there’s something wrong with the registration website. Stuck in a loop of it telling me there’s information required and it lists it as incomplete going from one page to the next – I can get to the part where it wants money but yeah, going to wait on this.

Random error page is random

Based on 2019 stats it looks like they’re trying to raise about $10 million in registration fees, although I’d expect the fees are a drop in the bucket to somewhat pay for the disaster that has been the past two CESs.

It’s 2021, it’s a technology site, it’s a trainwreck of a credit card processing page that makes me feel like maybe I’m on a scam site.

That’s all – registration is open, $50 for media, and as usual the website is bad.

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Paul E King

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