Dude must know about Soulstrut, as 'CEO' of his web-based company he had to have done some market research in the 5+ years his site has been in development...Keyword research would have hipped him to SS. Brix! where you at man?
and if it goes tits-up he will walk away a wiser and less hubristic person.
If it mushrooms and flourishes from this inauspicious start, somewhere down the line peeps here will be giving him props for living the dream.
Hey, how is everyone doing?I had the opportunity to read all your posts. I'd like to say that I respect your opinions. I can totally see it from your side, and how I must look like a complete yuppy coming in trying to sell out the culture of CrateDigging. The truth is, I was actively selling on cratediggers.com from 2003-06 (where were you then), and took it down due to the labor intensive process of not having an automated site. I know as well as you - that the records I have listed are lame. I never claimed to be an expert digger or to have the greatest records - this site is not meant for my records, but for the gemms true CrateDiggers like yourselves are willing to list. If you minus myself and my records from the equation of CrateDiggers.com - you have a fully functional site that does not charge you for listing your records - that was the biz plan. The site is far from perfect, but it's a start, and with your input and feedback it can be great. You can continue to tear myself and site apart (which is probable more fun to you). Or we can work together to make it great. Either way you decide - I will not give up until it is right. I regret not meeting you folks prior to launch, but it didn't happen - we had a more creative encounter. Thanks for your time.I have been waiting for one of you to get the courage to call me. 323.559.4189 (LA number on East coast time - figure that one out - makes as much sense as my intro).
some quick ideas-get rid of the flash layout-change the front page layout-get rid of the intro. sounds like youre pitching to an investor or something on there instead of just talking to your target market.. people wont take your site seriously with that intro-explain how someone would go about recycling their vinyl on the green cr8-fix emails on your sites-fix broken links on your sites-stop advertising for your homeboys on your site.. gives your site less credibility to me-the name "crate diggers" doesnt sit right to me. maybe it alienates the older market or larger dealers who sell vinyl records and don't really "dig in a crate".. might see it as childish and not even consider selling their records through your site
Another thing is you should replace the Loggins & Messina and Mantovi records with LPs someone who you think might be looking at the sight would actually want to buy.
Post a photo of your collection.
So... your site offers a recycling service?
Dont be too hard on the dude.Peace,Dress