New main store catagory

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New main store catagory

Postby knfcollector » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:33 pm

Would it be possible or prudent to add the catagory of Automatic knives, Switchblades or Automatica to the main store category. I know a lot of collectors that look exclusively for these and it would make for a enhanced buying experience for those collectors or any that may have a passing interest. As well there may be benefit of dividing this catagory between vintage and current production/modern. Thanks Bryan.
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Re: New main store catagory

Postby Bryan » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:04 pm

I personally think it would be great to have all listings organized & categorized by style, age, brand, handle material, pattern, country of manufacture,& more.

Operating under our current system, seller can only choose one category for the main AAPK store. I think it would be a mistake to add Automatic Knives as a category under these conditions because it would force a choice ... If I was listing a Microtech, for example, I would be able to put it in either the 'Automatic' category or the 'Microtech' category. I fear this would lead to a lot of problems.

Multiple categories would be necessary to do it right, but I've been hesitant to implement such a system due to a concerned that it would add too much complexity to the listing process & that some sellers will not take the time to make a selection in all categories.

I've given this a fair bit of thought over the past year or so & I've done some experimental things on my development server to find a good solution.

I'm currently entertaining the idea of attempting to program an algorithm that identifies additional categories based on key words entered in the tile, description, & other inputs provided by the seller.

I guess the bottom line is that I'm not wanting to add Automatics as a category as defined today, but I am working on ideas & solutions to enable customers to browse specific high level categories like 'Automatic / Switchblades' that should improve the AAPK customer buying experience.

Please stay tuned for further developments on the front. ::tu::
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Re: New main store catagory

Postby knfcollector » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:57 am

Thanks Bryan, you certainly know a whole lot more about this than me. I guess i dont understand the difference between simply having an "other" catagory, which i have to use most of the time as very few auto manufactures are listed in the main category, for companies not listed of non auto knives and having an automatic category that would serve the same function for automatic manafacturers that arent listed, which number in the hundreds.. It just seems that those that like automatics regardless of maker would benefit from an automatic category when trying to navigate the site as very few of these manufactures are listed. I guess i dont see it being any different than the civil war, other, New England knife co's, solingnen, case classics, sheffield and military categories which direct potential buyers to those specific niches of knife collecting and yet could also be listed in a brand specific catagory. It would be up to the seller to use whatever category they feel would best showcase their wares. I certainly understand however you choose to proceed. Thank you for all your efforts and for bringing the collecting community such a wonderful place to gather.
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Re: New main store catagory

Postby Bryan » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:43 pm

I went ahead & implemented a new categorization system. Items can now be categorized by type & brand when added or edited. Will try to make additional improvements to the way products are organized & presented over time. ::tu::
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Re: New main store catagory

Postby knfcollector » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:49 pm

Thanks Bryan. Its very much appreciated. Keep up the great work!
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Re: New main store catagory

Postby doglegg » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:06 pm

Bryan the new category system is great. Thanks for you continued efforts. Muchly appreciated. ::nod:: ::nod:: ::tu:: ::tu::


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