Comic-Con has the nerdiest FedEx in the world

CNET | 7/20/2019 | Richard Nieva
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Patrick Ferrell and Maureen Gilligan, from New York City, ship their Comic-Con wares back home.

At San Diego Comic-Con, where waiting in line for hours to get into a panel can be a badge of honor, Haley Plotkin is waiting in a much less celebrated queue. She's toting around a Hot Toys Iron Man action figure she just bought for $380, and wants to make sure it gets home safe before she continues exploring.

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"I can't walk around the Con with this thing all day," said Plotkin, a 27-year-old travel blogger from Austin, Texas. So she makes the necessary pitstop that scores of attendees make every year: the FedEx at the San Diego Convention Center (Hall D, to be exact), the only shipping facility on site.

Roaming around the area are all the familiar characters you'd expect at Comic-Con. A Spider Man casually leans against a wall. Two women dressed as Captain America and Captain Marvel, but with their costumes altered to look like suffragettes, pose for a picture. The scene suggests something that seems obvious when you consider that Comic-Con, with its 135,000 attendees, is the biggest celebration of geekdom on the planet: This is the nerdiest FedEx in the world.

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At noon on Thursday, the first official day of the conference, the line isn't too long. There are about 10 people there, and Plotkin's been waiting about 15 minutes. But the shipping center will lure a steady stream of attendees throughout the rest of the conference. Most are shipping toys and books; some are buying poster tubes.

FedEx makes its presence at the convention center three times bigger during Comic-Con.

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