At COMC.com we have been working hard to strategically prepare for growth.
Better Storage System
We recently invented a new storage system to complement our inventory management system. This new system will allow us to easily grow from 80,000 to 1 Million+ cards in our current facilities. The storage system is fire retardant, theft deterring, earth quake resilient, and massively scalable. All this and we can still access any card in seconds.
We recently installed new servers that have more than 10 times the horse power of our previous server, and we are ready to scale with more servers as traffic increases.
Better Database Performance
We recently improved indexes used to perform searches so that all searches are fast, no matter how you choose to sort them. Nearly every search is now being completed in less than 0.20 seconds.
Better HTML Markup
We recently reduced the markup used on our search pages so that the views that have hover pop-ups (all views other than the details view) render in 1/10th the time they used to.
Better Page Response Time
We recently enabled gzip compression on our server so that the total bits transferred to the browser were reduced by 1/2. This makes the site feel a lot more responsive.
Searches are *not* being completed in less than 0.20 seconds? Auto-spellchecker strikes again!
In all seriousness, I’m enjoying this site a lot and will certainly be back. I just got back into the hobby after about 10 years away and am in the process of going through my childhood collection and the collections I recently got on ebay / garage sales (~15K cards for $20!). I think this site looks like a wonderful resource for “getting rid” of cards I don’t need and getting specific ones I’m interested in.
Chris, thanks for catching the spelling mistake. I updated the post.
I am glad that you caught the vision for the site! Four years ago, I was in the exact same position as you are now. Unfortunately I didn’t find any sites like ours, so I set out to build the premium shopping and collecting experience for sports cards. We still have a lot more ideas in the works, but I am glad you enjoy what we have built so far.
Great site and I wish I had your knowlege on how to build a site like this, congrats on a great site.