We are in the process of rolling out some amazing functionality for COMC.com that will allow you to create instant purchases and immediate turn around and resell the cards or set them aside to be shipped whenever you are ready to pay for shipping.
Like the quality scans and user interface that you see on CheckOutMyCards.com?
We have gotten a lot of requests recently for software that would help people list eBay auctions. These days you pretty much have to include a scanned image if you want your auction to sell. Unfortunately it is very tedious to scan all those cards and look up their book value. Well, as you can tell from our site, we have cracked that nut, and now we are considering the possibility of offering a service that allows you to easily create eBay auctions.
Imagine this… You throw some cards on a scanner and click a button in a software application provided for you by CheckOutMyCards.com. The software scans your cards at the appropriate resolution for high-quality images and then uploads the data to CheckOutMyCards.com for processing. The next day you log into CheckOutMyCards.com and see a list of cataloged cards. It might look something like this.
From here you would be able to click a button that would automatically create a professionally designed eBay auction based on your boilerplate text. The auction would have similar functionality to what you find today on the Card Details pages of COMC.com. Potential bidders would be able to hover over the thumbnails to flip between the front and back of the card, and they would be able to click to view the 2x zoomed image of either the front or the back of the card.
How much would that service be worth to you? How many cards can you manually scan, crop, lookup, and list in an hour? How much does it cost for software that only helps with part of the process?
Sound interesting? Let me know what you think. If we get enough interest, we will increase the priority of building this service.
Our goal has always been to create the premier buying and selling experience for sports cards. So we have tried to keep the site as clean and simple as possible. Ultimately we have attracted a lot of people, and we are one of the fastest growing sports card web sites (maybe the fastest).
Last month we more than tripled our traffic.
We have been averaging 4% growth per day.
In the first 3 days of July we had more traffic than the entire month of April.
This is great, but it also has a cost. We will likely need to buy more servers soon, and we will have to pay for more bandwidth. In order to offer the best buying and selling experience, we need to keep our costs down so that the overhead for using the system is kept as low as possible.
So, we are experimenting to see how effective ads might be towards offsetting some of our expenses, but we are very concerned with keeping our customers happy. Please let us know what you think about the ads. You can either leave a comment on the blog or send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently we only list ads on our search page, but we will likely also put ads on the card details pages and on the home page.