BotCon is a fantastic convention. My first one was in 1997, and I've missed exactly one since then. On the whole, it just gets better and better.
It's not all that expensive if all you want to do is walk-in, (what, about $40 for Saturday/Sunday) and it's not all that expensive if you preregister when you consider that you're getting a beautiful box of five exclusive toys and an extra bagged toy. These toys invariably sell for $350-$500 IMMEDIATELY after you buy them, so if you're not a toy guy you could go to BotCon for free (excluding hotel and airline costs) every year. But really, they're so lovely that why would you want to give them up? There is so much love and attention put into the choice of molds, names, decos and bios that I wouldn't think of selling them.
There are always a plethora of guests, including Hasbro representatives, voice actors from various eras, TV and comic writers, comic and packaging artists, musicians, and more. These are A-Listers, folks.
Hasbro is fully supportive of the convention, which allows us to get plenty of information months before everyone else. We can literally talk to the people who plan out the toyline and bend their ears at the bar or at the Hasbro booth, giving them our feedback directly.
Could they do some things better? Sure, of course they could, there is always room for improvement. I will grant that the lines have been long and perhaps a bit disorganized in the past, but that's a symptom of the rapid growth of the convention. (Although, this year they really upped their game and cut the waiting times roughly in half, I'd say. Kudos, guys!) I personally find the comics to be one of the most important aspects of the brand, and wish that there was a bit more outreach from BotCon to IDW, Titan and individual comic creators. Simon Furman hasn't attended in a few years, which seems like a shame to me. There was also, of course, the online registration system thing. Overall, though, these are mere nitpicks.
So, given all that, why are we spending so much energy on a few haters? Haters gonna hate. There will always be someone who doesn't like your work, but the vast majority of us realize that BotCon is a fantastic con, thrown by people who give 100% of their effort 100% of the time. It shows. -JimS