Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Sonic Store Update

The week's 2nd update turned out to be a Store Only Update.

Tis' the season for panicking parents who need to find gifts in Sonic style or else there'll be dissapointment under the tree & menorah. It's important to keep the store in top shape around the holidays. Annoying brick/mortar stores that let stock run out, don't carry everything, and certainly don't advertise...don't help anyone. Hopefully, the Sonic Gear store can step in to provide an easy portal to pretty much everything I can get my hands on.

1000s of links were sifted, and hoards of items were added.
Books & Shirts got the biggest update. A lot of things there had broken (Especially shirts, they sell out) so they're pretty much fixed. A few shirts repeatedly refuse to show up so probably 2 orange boxes remain. One day, I hope "Sonic Clothing Store" lives up to its name and is able to have something other than just tees. Shorts/Pants/coats...whatever would be nice.

Blue girls/juniors/fitted "Bluescale only" large graphic Sonic shirt, by all means BUY THIS THING NOW if you want it. It's 1/3 the usual price (that Spencers Gifts usually has it for) at 8.00 and it seems like everybody and their little sister wants it. It's always the first thing to sell out and then people promptly flip out because it's gone again. It is quite stylish and the only other one in the que was like $25 bucks so it'll replace the 8.00 one if it goes again.

Yes, I do choose bargain links.
If several items appear before me and they're the same thing, always the least-money one is chosen to appear on Gear. Everyone wants to save! The store is attempted to be the best price found for each thing.

Most impressive bargain?
There's a book on there for something like a penny. THIS is the opportunity to get your hands on quaint old Sonic books. They're not super glamourous but they're fairly interesting to collect. The GearCollection has quite a few of them, simply because they're easy to get, and easy to store.

What's next for the store?
The action figures will likely form their own page, separate from "Sonic Gear Store 1" which is basically a 'catch all' for misc goods that don't have enough items for their own page. There are enough figures available for order now (that TRU lost the exclusive) that they do warrant their own page. Outrageously priced ones (o noes the Big & Froggy set is 34.99! duur) still won't appear. Over-charging and ripping people off with figure prices is wrong, and no one wants to sort through overly expensive links to things that are readily available on store shelves now.

Next for the update?
More stuff. Hopefully bootlegs are over with for the time being. With the store as fixed up as can be, the updates are freed up for pure stuff-posting. If you've sent in something, do be patient, it'll get on there eventually. Things are still recovering from the breakage of GoliveBS version.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Update: Back on Track

This week's update SEEMS to be back on track.

The new-new-golive has only crashed 1 time upon the update. There ARE still lingering problems (pages that are messed up) and 2 forms of time-gobbling black-hole remain:

1. The old 'bad code' that lingers on any page outright ruins it, sprouting link-warnings everywhere and forcing a re-do to shut everything up. Most of this was cured upon the last 'fixing/nonupdate' last week.

2. The old 'bad code' that was previously benign (and thus hidden, even from me) has returned for revenge on pages. Sure they LOOK fine but it renders them un-edit-able and un-update-able, so the whole page has to be re-created from scratch in order to get it going again. So far 2 of these little nightmares have appeared on this update. Who knows how many more pages have it lurking.

You'll notice that the update is still of a pretty good size. That's a credit right there to this bettergolive and how nicely it works. So you can imagine that it'll do much, much better when all this fix-it hassle is out of the way. I take that as a good sign. Certainly there IS enough catching up to do.

Yes my least favorite section had the largest part of the update this time. Loads & loads of cheap junk and garbage are here to festoon Bootlegs 11. Why is it a least-fave? Because what would you rather look at, horrible stupid things you'll never buy or awesomely cool new stuff? Bootleg-Avoidance, however, is a necisary evil. It has to keep people updated on what these fakers are letting out...but it shouldn't have to be the star.

What is the elusive allure of the puffy sticker?
I don't know. But I kind of like them.

Item of the week:
Personal one this time, and hidden away a little too. The wii fit Sonic theme pack. I really want that silicone step cover...why can't it release to worldwide?

Next update:
Going to try for a mid-week. It should have Jazwares stuff on it, Clear Espio, and some other things that have come in and been pushed to the side by the recent troubles. Hopefully no other wrecked pages are in conflict with that. The less of those that are encountered, the larger the update will actually be.