Ongoing Developments - Updated December 20, 2019

I created this page because this site is a work-in-progress and is always evolving. As I receive feedback from collectors and discover new features I regularly make changes to the layout of the website, and so it make sense to have a page that briefly explains what these updates are. 

My last update was in August 2019, and a lot has happened since then:

  1. In September 2019 we introduced a weekly auction. It continues to feature 40 lots, but we extended the closing time from 8pm to 11:30pm in order to give all customers the opportunity to bid by ensuring that it was not closing too close to dinner or family time. It has been a resounding success, as it enters its 14th week. If you haven't participated as of now, I strongly suggest you give it a try. A lot of bidders have managed to get some very good bargains this way. 
  2. The site remains English only for now. Due to all the other things I have been focusing on I haven't really had time to investigate language translation apps. I'm hoping to have time to do this in the New Year, but it may not happen until late in 2020. French will definitely be the first language I consider, followed by the most prevalent languages in use. 
  3. I have now re-designed the Canada stamp page eliminating that very unappealing presentation that Shopify was forcing me to use. The categories are now presented across the page. The other pages for Nigeria, other countries and stamps by topic are still in the old format, as I do not yet have much material listed in these categories, but I am planning to re-design them to match the new format in 2020. 
  4. My main focus since I returned is now to complete the excel based listing template that will enable me to finally get my inventory listed on the site. Although I am very close to completing it, I have made the decision to break it up into smaller sections and then to use it to list my inventory as I complete each section. I have also added a page in my news blog to discuss the specific progress related to this template development. 

I have streamlined the product tags and reduced their number in order to make the collection pages load faster. However, because the inventory is very large, it will take longer for the pages to load, than for some other websites which have less. Visitors should also be aware that this site is optimized for mobile, so that the load speeds there are much faster than on desktop. However, the site does use browser caching, so pages will always load much faster with the second and subsequent visits. I have included a section on the "Navigation Tips" page discussing the speed issue and how to find the items you are looking for most efficiently. You can find this in the main menu under the "About Us" heading.

I have now connected Facebook messenger, so that you can contact me instantly on messenger and have connected the other social media channels as well.

I have continued to notice that there have been many searches for non-Canadian material, as I expected, and unfortunately due to time constraints, I do not yet have this portion of my inventory listed. I hope to be able list a significant amount of material over the coming months. But, it is important to remember that I cannot have all my inventory listed at any given time. So, if you are looking for something specific, and you do not see it here, I would always suggest sending me either a message over Facebook Messenger, or by e-mail. I will check my stock and get back to you within 24-48 hours.

I have not, as yet resumed publishing blog posts, but expect to resume in the New Year. I will also be writing for the British Stamp Magazine and have been in touch with the editors of Linn's and expect to begin writing for them as well in 2020.

Happy stamping!

Chris McFetridge