Website glitch yesterday

Some of you may have noticed some odd behavior on the website around 2PM PST Sunday. There was about 15-30 minutes where you all shared the same shopping cart.

Sorry about that, I was making a performance improvement to how our shopping cart and offer system works, and my initial code change wasn’t complete.

Everything should be working fine now, but feel free to contact us if you think you see any quirky behavior.

On a separate note… On Friday evening I made the largest single website update ever to Check Out My Cards. The update affected more than 50 different source files. Those of you that are regulars to COMC might have noticed the change. If you think you noticed something different, please drop a comment. I will be writing more about the change later this week.

Update Monday @ 5:30 PM

Several people have commented about cards that were added to the site over the weekend not being searchable. I tracked down the issue and it is now fixed.

The root cause of the issue was independent from any of the changes listed above. We recently got in some 1987 Garbage Pail Kids cards that were not listed in Beckett. So we got permission to use data from another site, but the data was in a format that ended up not working nicely for generating URLs. When we tried to push the data to the site on Friday evening, that ended up causing the website to fail to add any new items to the search cache. This is why new items added over the weekend were not showing up. We manually changed the data so that it would work for URLs, and we are in the process of making a fix that will prevent this from ever happening again.

Top Buyers, Sellers & Consignors

Another one of the many features we have been working on for the past several weeks just went live a couple days ago.

We now list the Top 10 Users broken down by either the Hottest [Buyers|Sellers|Consignors] Over the Last 30 Days or the Biggest [Buyers|Sellers|Consignors] currently on the site.

2002 Playoff Prime Signatures Autographs #11 - Emmitt Smith/40 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
Hottest Buyers
This is based on book value of cards purchased in the last 30 days. We ignore cards that were resold after being purchased. Cards sold in the last 30 days get factored into the Hottest Sellers ranking.

Congratulations to buymore for being the first user to grace the top of our new Hottest Buyers list.

1956 Topps #5 - Ted Williams - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.comHottest Sellers
This is based on the total book value of all the items sold in the past 30 days. You may regularly see people spike onto this list after they sell an entire portfolio. That explains the hottest sellers that have no cards for sale.

I am sure it doesn’t come to anyone’s surprise that our hottest seller is by far jseau.

2000 Bowman #236 - Tom Brady RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
This is based on the total book value of cards that first went up for sale in the past 30 days. These are the users that have had the most cards go live recently.

It is interesting to note that our first ever hottest consignor is from across the border. manning99 is from Canada, and if you look at the list closely, you will find manning991 in the #8 spot as well. This is a father & son duo, and they are both making a big splash having just started using our consignment service in the last couple months.

1933 Goudey #181 - Babe Ruth RC (Rookie Card) SGC GRADED 60 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.comHonorable Mention
I have to give kudos to cccardfactory for being the only user that is currently in the top 10 of all 6 rankings. He is the leading contender for the double-triple crown. A triple crown would be to have the #1 spot on all three either the hottest lists or the biggest lists. The double-triple crown is the #1 spot on all 6 lists.

Special Thanks
I have to give special thanks to iluvfish2 for suggesting that we add this functionality.

Why book value?
Short answer: So that all stats can use the same metric and relative comparisons are easy.

Long answer: We can’t list consignor stats based on sales price because it is often measuring items that we just got in, and they haven’t sold yet. If we used their asking prices, people could just inflate their asking prices to game their way to the top. Since we have to use a metric that can’t be altered by users, we decided to go with book value. Since we are using book value for consignor stats, it only make sense if all the other numbers are using the same metric. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able interpret the stats and make apples to apples comparisons.