Thursday, September 1, 2016

PC and Mac Games Being Deprecated

PC Games and Mac games make up 30% of the products on PriceCharting.

At the same time PC Games only account for 0.4% of page views on the site (MAC is only 0.01%)

The sheer number of titles causes lots of strain on our servers. Things like monitoring ebay sales, calculating new prices, and loading all the games for price comparison. The vast majority of PC games are never even viewed by users in any given month.

Because these pages are not popular with our users and increase costs and strain on our systems, we have decided to remove them from our site over the next few weeks.

This will help the site perform better for the other 99.6% of the pageviews. The vast majority of users will have a better experience.

I'm sorry to the few PC game collectors who use our site.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Change Your Default Sort Order

The default sort order for our pages is "by Popularity", so you see the most popular games first. You can sort the page alphabetically and by price too.

Now, you can customize your preferred sort order.

Choose a sort order on any console price guide.

Instead of seeing a page like this:

You'll see a page like this.

You must be logged into your account for this to work. Try it out on Gamecube Prices

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rare Stadium Events being Sold in Descending Price Auction

The PriceCharting Marketplace has a feature letting users list a game as descending price auction. The price goes down until someone buys it.

I'm selling my rare Stadium Events in a descending price auction to familiarize everyone with how they work.

Bidding starts at $13,000. Then every hour the price drops by roughly $12. The price keeps dropping until someone buys it.

Why Descending Auctions?

Descending price auctions are good for buyers and sellers for a couple of reasons.

  • Items always available: Buyers don't have to wait until a specified ending date and time to know if they won or not. If they like the price now, it is available immediately.
  • Reserve price is built in: There is no hidden reserve price where you're highest bidder, but don't win. The seller sets a minimum price they will accept. The listing automatically approaches that and then stops decreasing.
  • Market price reached: Its hard to know the market price for some items. Stadium Events only sells a couple times a year and the exact condition can change the value a lot. An auction quickly reaches market value.
  • Less maintenance time: Seller don't need to continually update their listing with different fixed prices to help their items sell. List it once and the marketplace automatically lowers prices for you.

Predict the End Date and Time & Get $50

If you can't afford to buy Stadium Events, you can guess when the auction will end. The closest guess will win $50 to spend on the PriceCharting Marketplace.

Guesses close 2/18/16. The winner is closest overall, doesn't matter if you are over or under.

Good luck.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Easier Tracking and Shipping Notifications on the Marketplace

The PriceCharting Marketplace automates shipping and tracking notification and storage for buyers and sellers.

On your sales history page, you click 'mark as shipped'.

Top game was shipped. Bottom game still has 'mark as shipped' link

You are then taken to a page to mark the item as shipped and upload the tracking number.

Form to upload tracking number and mark as shipped

Tracking numbers are optional, but including one is +1 to your marketplace reputation.

The shipping date is always the date you click 'mark as shipped' so update this information as quickly as possible after you ship. This ensures timely communication between seller and buyer.

The tracking number and shipping date are always displayed on the listing page for any item you buy or sell.

Date shipped and tracking example on listing page

Buyers are emailed a shipping confirmation with the tracking number immediately after you update the status.

Hopefully this feature makes it easier for buyers and sellers to communicate with each other and see the status of their transactions in one central location.



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