12 days, 1,271 votes, about as much hesitation as an Olympic sprinter out of the blocks and we’re off to the races! The community has spoken and we are immediately getting to work.
The Beginnings Of The (Beta) Marketplace
The fact that “A new marketplace” won the poll was no surprise and made perfect sense to us – it’s something we’d tried before, but we ran into a number of issues, including security concerns, which forced us to retire it. So this go around we figured we needed help and found the team at hobbyDB – a group of similarly-minded collectors with a lot of experience selling online and building a secure, fully-functioning online marketplace.
As a result, you’ll very shortly see the first super-tentative test in a series of steps which are intended to lead us up to our very own brand new PPG marketplace! Starting today, you’ll see a new PPG “For Sale” widget popping up on some item pages. It’ll look like this;
Over time, as we get more storefronts onboard, you’ll see the widget popping up on more and more pages. If you are interested in selling on PPG, you can leave us a comment, reach out through social media or email us directly at email@example.com.
Timeline for next steps
As above, this is a first step towards the full marketplace. We’re working as fast as we can on this with Alex, Andrew, Christian, Dayne and the other good people over at hobbyDB to bring in features we hope you’ll love. The next stages in the process will be:
– The ability to see and search all of the items for sale in one place. This should be in place in the next two weeks.
– A shopping cart which lets you buy more than one item at a time. This should arrive the week after.
– The ability for PPGers to list their items for sale directly from PPG! This functionality should start to be available the week after that.
It’s a work in progress and will take time, so we need as much feedback as we can get! Let us know what you like, what you don’t and what you’d like to see more of. Leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org