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#121 Phorty Ounce

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 03:40 PM

I can already tell this is going to be a very, very, very, very good business model for you, Goomba.

EDIT: I know you are busy, but did you have any luck tracking down Burnout 2 (Xbox) and NBA Street (Xbox)?
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#122 goomba478

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 04:06 PM

Actually, anyone can be a beta tester ^_^ It's just that the site won't have a TON of items when it first opens so I won't be heavily advertising it or anything. And I want you guys to let me know what you think of the layout, the overall look, checkout, etc. It's my first time putting together a complete e-commerce/shopping type site so it's been a ton of work (I enjoy that sort of thing though after all).

Phorty, I haven't found Burnout 2 or NBA Street for you yet but I promise I will =) Give me a couple more days to keep looking. Like you've said I've been ultra, ultra busy ^_^ I promise I'll try though!

#123 eswat

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 05:14 PM

I'd like to try out a beta of the site as well. :D

#124 Lockescythe

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:58 PM

I'd be up for Beta testing.

#125 Teddite

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:56 PM

I'd be down for beta also. The amazon.com Deal of the Day is sometimes too nice to pass up, but I have no US address.

#126 ShocWave

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:41 PM

Add me to the beta please :D

#127 goomba478

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:49 PM

The Beta officially starts NOW! Keep in mind this is a Beta meaning the entire site is not finished (actually it's almost there but there aren't that many products up yet). The key is to remember that most services you can simply request items directly from me (feel free to use the CONTACT US link on the website that way my CAG box doesn't fill up instantly).

Also, I'll be offering bonuses to anyone who orders from me during this Beta period ^_^

Here's the site:

http://www.gamesforcanada.com

I will be adding a ton of games, accessories and more detailed pages each and every day from now until infinity, and remember if you have a game, system, book, cd, anything really that you want on: Amazon, Best Buy, Circuit City, Gamestop, eBay, etc. etc. contact me directly and I can get it to you for actual cost of item + actual shipping costs + $2 service fee ^_^ Thanks guys! Please let me know what you think of the site. I'm going to open an official forum post on CAG after one week of the Beta. Thanks!

PS: Anyone that wants a $1.50 off their order can use the coupon code:

PAYPALBASIC

when checking out. This is essentially me passing the savings of you using Paypal to Paypal payment (no fee) on to you. I'm not allowed to actually charge you more for using Paypal checkout as that breaks the rules, so instead I can reward you for using the alternative service. If you use that coupon code though, you have to select "CHECK/MONEY ORDER" as your checkout type and contact me to let me know you're going to use Paypal to send to my Personal account. If you use the coupon and then check out with Paypal on the website I will have to cancel that particular order. Make sense? Thanks guys!

#128 goomba478

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:51 PM

PS: The artwork on the top is NOT final. It's just a placeholder. I will be using the game controller with the Canadian flag as my logo, but not with that background ^_^ just so you know. I don't want to hold up the beta for two weeks while I do graphics changes though.

Also, if you come across any games without pictures just keep in mind that I will often add games first (text only and price) and then go back and add the descriptions/images. I am doing custom thumbs for each game in Photoshop as well as medium/large versions which takes time. Some games it's easy, some it's not. Thanks!

#129 maigoyume

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:47 AM

just got off work, going to check it out in a bit and give my impressions

Edit: logo could use some work like azumanga said
bargin is supposed to be "bargain"
i really like your slogan, staying true to us Canadians :applause:
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#130 Phorty Ounce

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:54 AM

From a design standpoint, I think you should make all of the options on the top of the page fit on one line and possibly create a graphic bar of those options (toolbar) instead of having the options on two lines. You know what I mean? Kind of hard to explain.
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#131 Azumangaman

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 01:25 AM

Looking good so far!
From a design standpoint, I guess you should just spice it up a little. The logo looks pretty cheap.
I'll be in contact with you when I get money :D
And a sign up link is needed :p

#132 eswat

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 01:26 AM

Looking good so far. Just two things to report.

  • Some parts of the layout are duplicated, such Search (placed top right and in both sidebars) and Categories (horizontal list on the top, vertical list on the left sidebar). Might want to clean that up a bit.
  • After reading the text on the frontpage, and the bit about signing up, I couldn't actually find a link to sign up. I seen a few links for logging in, but as a new user I wouldn't have known this same page would direct to the sign up form as well (even if that's convention for some sites). Might want to put a prominent button somewhere on the front page that says "Sign up" or something to that effect.


#133 magiic

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 01:29 AM

Just about to place an order for a companion cube and FES and it's quoting shipping at $14.99, is this correct?
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#134 Azumangaman

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 01:41 AM

Are the prices in CDN or USD?
Test Orders for Videogamesplus vs. Goomba

Video Games Plus:
Rondo of Swords $34.99
Persona 3: FES $34.99
Total: (shipping, tax, etc):
$84.07

GOOMBA:
Rondo of Swords: $29.99
Persona 3:FES $29.99
TOTAL: $68.97

Throw in a 13% tax and $5.00 more if its shipping from the US (assuming its tagged by customs)
TOTAL: $82.93
IN CDN: $84.12

So,
videogamesplus is cheaper.
Not saying that GOOMBA won't have much better prices, but just so you guys don't forget about customs.

#135 denpanosekai

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:00 AM

you don't need three search boxes

otherwise it looks fantastic!!! I'm going to order Chaos Wars from you...

and to Azumangaman, if Goomba marks the games as gifts, shouldn't be a problem with customs.

#136 Azumangaman

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:02 AM

and to Azumangaman, if Goomba marks the games as gifts, shouldn't be a problem with customs.

Yeah, if he does that, the deals will be incredible.

#137 denpanosekai

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:07 AM

off topic but damn you make me wanna watch mai hime again.

#138 Lone_Prodigy

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:29 AM

Goomba changed his CAG title. :)

#139 Rex

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:32 AM

Yeah, if he does that, the deals will be incredible.


This is Goomba we're talking about here!

And the site was functional for me. It can look like whatever you want it too, just as long as you're giving the Canadians a helping hand with US deals! And who knows, maybe people like their search bar on one side as opposed to another, you're just catering to both haha.

I signed up for an account, site is looking good so far and I can't wait to contribute!

#140 maigoyume

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:44 AM

it would be good if you listed the prices in CAD or USD
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#141 Usuyami

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:50 AM

Signed up, site looks fine to me. I'm not as picky as most but the main point here is to save money, not look at pretty pictures. I'd be completely fine with all text as long as the site remains easy to use and navigate. Just my $0.02 CAD though.

#142 goomba478

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:25 AM

Wow, you guys gave me a TON of feedback. I love it :) That's exactly why I wanted to have a "Beta test" period before putting it live. Let me address a few of the things you brought up:

1) I'm using an open source shopping engine called ZenCart. It's totally customizeable, but I'm a bit new to the program. I'll get it looking prettier, don't worry :) I'm all about custom logos, and spicing it up. For now, like a few of you said, my main goal is just to make sure the site works and that it loads properly and then I can work on it from there.

2) The shipping (at the moment) is entirely weight based and is based on the actual weights of the items. For instance the games are listed as .4 pounds (4 ounces) and the Weighted Companion Cube (it even has "weighted" in its name after all) weighs a little more than a pound....

At the moment the shipping costs also include: My $2 service charge I'm asking as well as Paypal Fees. The reason I'm using the coupon code at the moment is to see how many people would be willing to send money to my Personal Paypal account rather than my business one as that would save me a lot.

My goal isn't to make a ton of money on each product, but rather to make a few bucks on each transaction and become popular enough to make money through a number of orders.

3) The duplication of the search areas was intentional, but if you guys think it's overkill then by all means I'll have only one. Don't want to over do it. Same goes for the sections...they automatically have the sections as a vertical spread on top and on the sidebar. I can play around with that :)

4) I like that you guys pointed out there is nowhere that specifically says "Sign up". That's a good point. I'm not sure why the default just says "Log in" or whatever. I'm going to have to fix that as well ^_^

5) I will definitely list them as Gifts so don't worry. That's how I always have done it on eBay and I don't see any reason not to. Besides, I was told that under $50 you didn't need to pay customs on things anyway. Is that not true? Fill me in!

Looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me!

Just remember guys, I really am doing this as a service for you so give me some time to get the kinks out. I will make it worth your while. As always, you can contact me via CAG and can arrange me to just buy items for you directly. So far about 10 of you have done so and all the items have been ordered, just so you know.

Sincerely,
JJ Parks :)

#143 Firestorm

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:25 AM

Nitpicky, but probably best to keep Canada as the default country for signing up =P

Navigation-wise, I think the first page should be less about informing what you do and more about updates. Maybe not now, but later. Have a separate About Us page or something that explains exactly what it is you do.

#144 goomba478

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:26 AM

Oh and about Canadian Dollars, I can definitely do the site in multiple currencies, that's not an issue at all. It's stupid of me to list in US dollars I suppose ^_^ didn't even think about that. Shows how something so simple can be overlooked when you're new to something like this. I'll work on everything you guys brought up. Don't be afraid to bring up more issues you have, I'll look into each and every one!

#145 goomba478

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:11 AM

Updates:

I've gone ahead and changed a few things that you guys pointed out.

1) There is now only ONE search bar (sorry about that)
2) All prices default to Canadian dollars now with the option of viewing prices in US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, etc.
3) I am now focusing on getting all the items listed as text only and then will be adding in pictures later on.
4) I fixed some of the misspelled words that you pointed out (can't believe I typed BARGIN...that's what I get for doing the updates on my iPhone on the bus lol).

What I'm working on now that should be fixed in the next hour:

1) Updating the shipping options so that items like the Weighted Companion Cube don't totally throw off the shipping amount.
2) Removing (temporarily until I figure out what I'm going to do about it) the option of paying with Paypal and keeping the only option Money Order (though of course you can checkout and then contact me on there or on CAG to let me know you want to pay by Paypal). Again, this is because for me toa ccept payments on my business account, especially from Canada where there's also a cross-border fee, I'd be paying about 5% per transaction. That totally would negate any of the savings I'd be giving you guys, so I have to figure out something ^_^
3) I'm going to make the opening text with a VERY clear signup button =P darn templates.

I'll be sure to keep you posted. Please keep your suggestions coming!

#146 maigoyume

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:16 AM

just an fyi, your site has now be favourite-ed on my mozilla ;)

probably wouldn't hurt to update the OP with the site and new info
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#147 goomba478

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:33 AM

Thanks for the favourite (I have to get used to seeing that word written with an "ou" now haha). I took your suggestion also and changed my original message to have a link. The idea I originally had was that once I get the site to where everyone is happy with it, I'll repost a new link in the regional / Canada section with all the details of the site. Thanks again ^_^ Keep the ideas coming, you guys are awesome!

#148 maigoyume

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 06:31 AM

never could understand why there had to be an American and Canadian way of spelling some words, oh well
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#149 goomba478

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 06:41 AM

I think the British do spell words like "color" as "colour" so it very well could be that we Americans are just picky and stubborn. Or it could be something that came from French also, I'm not entirely sure.

As far as Paypal goes, do you guys think it'd be fair just to up the prices of the items 3% from the get-go and then just have the option to pay by Paypal directly on the site? That seems fair enough to me. Let me know what you think. Many games would still be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than in Canada or via typical shipping on most websites.

Also, what do you guys think about Pre-Played/Used games. Should I list them seperately as many websites do? So that there'd be one price for a new game and one price for a used game? Let me know ^_^ I think that'd work rather well but I don't want to clog up my catalog if people don't want to have it that way. Thanks again!

I'm going to bed in half an hour and I'll work a ton tomorrow as I don't work (finally a day off! my first in almost two weeks...yikes).

#150 bryehn

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:55 PM

Great idea! You're going to get a lot of business, thanks for the service!