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(03-17-2012 07:01 PM)cardariffic Wrote: I believe the company is going bankrupt, or almost did and are fighting their way back at this point. Maybe there is inner turmoil we do not know about (embezzlement) that could be causing the falloff of this website. If they cant even afford to pay enough guys to keep a well run website, they MUST BE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE!! I dont know, seems like the likeliest scenario to this blatant disregard for thousands of their loyal customers. How else could this happen? Anyone agree with me here???
(03-20-2012 04:22 PM)jamesray3 Wrote: Im not sure I would go as far as "embezzlement" but I do not doubt that the company is running a "skeleton crew" with hopes of turning around this once great and thriving company. This is made obvious by the lack of credible pricing in their magazine as the staff is only able to manage the pricing of the "rc auto's" and recently released items. You can almost tell they have one or two who are trying to update older years by the fact that a few sets gets adjusted every month (Like 2003 & 2004 in the past year have been). Sadly I feel that adventually the magazine itself will no longer be used as eBay continues to be the most reliable source of pricing (who doesn't look there prior to trading high end cards) and perhaps they will need to move over to running a better marketplace and finding new sources of revenue to continue (org charges, trade fee? etc.). I really wish they would add to the magazine in content (used to love the old readers write sections etc.) but their focus has changed to one of simply surviving.
(03-17-2012 06:49 AM)hurdygurdyman Wrote: This! I scanned/upload a crap load of cards to get approved over a year ago, and you're telling me someone can't get around to approving them?? Very frustrating.
(03-21-2012 11:23 PM)JeffreyAndrew Wrote: It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they don't actually have a full-time development team. I feel this way because of some of the issues that could be fixed relatively fast if there were people to work on it (problems with org, ability to leave zero stars on trades, etc.). They probably hire software engineers by contract when a big project is fully realized or there are several smaller high priority projects that are fully fleshed out by the site's product manager.
If I was responsible for this site and I had full-time developers, I'd have a page (or send an email) that shows what problems have been fixed and what modifications have been made per quarter so the users feel they're getting an "evolved" product. That's something I personally would like to see. Just my 2 cents.