With 4% growth per day, it is hard to stay ahead of demand, but hopefully the new servers I just ordered today will keep us going for a while.
What we currently have:
An entry level server that is running our mail server, web server, and sql server.
What we are adding:
A dedicated web server with a quad core processor and the fastest SAS hard drives.
A dedicated SQL Server with two of the fastest quad core processors and 16 GB of RAM.
A 15 disk array to allow for maximum hard drive performance and redundancy in case of drive failure.
The servers are scheduled to arrive around August 16th. Hopefully we will have them up and running the week of August 20th.
Wow, the folks over at SportsCollectorsDaily.com really stay on top of the industry. Within 48 hours of our article in the seattlest.com, they had pinged us and posted a nice summary of the article.
Start-Up Sports Card Site Op Knows Tech Side
This week the Seattlest posted an interview Seth Kolloen did with me about COMC.com. It is a nice article that gives some of the background regarding the site.
Interview with Tim Getsch, Founder of COMC.com and Nate Robinson Dunk Victim
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.
We hope to be live shortly.
On Friday we are going live with new features that will enable you (the public) to sell your cards on our site!
All day Saturday and Sunday we are going to be at the card show at the Jantzen Beach Super Center Shopping Mall in Portland, OR.
All you Portland people, come see us!
We look forward to meeting you!
The CheckOutMyCards.com Staff
Come meet us at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, August 1-5!
Julia and I will be there.
Let us know if you are planning to be at the show, and we will keep an eye out for you.
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.