Monday, September 1, 2014

New Subscriptions Increasing To $19.95/year on September 15th., Upcoming Email Alert Feature

As noted over the last few months, the subscription price for all new accounts is increasing to $19.95/year on September 15th, 2014.

Existing subscriptions are unaffected by this increase, but will get access to the new features we have planned. Patchtrends.com doesn't currently have tiered subscriptions or differentiate users. It is doubtful we ever will.

After this price increase, there are no plans to increase the price of a subscription for at least 1 full year.

The increase in price also reflects work that's been happening behind the scenes to offer new features. As briefly mentioned in the previous post, several are currently in the works. One of them will be discussed further below.

Upcoming Email Alert Feature


We actually maintain two databases.  We track all completed auctions under the "Boy Scout" category in "Historical Memorabilia," but we also track most active auctions and store items that are currently for sale.

Patchtrends.com provides the searching interface to the ever growing collection of completed auctions (nearly 3.5 million at the present).

The search interface for all active auctions is known as Patchbazaar.com (you have probably seen the links around or even used it.) It is free to use and helps support our efforts by utilizing eBay affiliate links (so please do use the site for eBay searching if you can.)

The new Email Alert feature for Patchtrends.com members will provide an automated way to be alerted for new items that get added to the completed auctions database, the active auctions database, or both.

Users will be able to specify:

  • search string 
  • search window (all-time, last 1-7 days)
  • min/max bid count
  • min/max price 
  • max results shown
  • frequency of alert (daily, weekly)
  • hour of day to conduct alert search (and send email)
  • day of week to conduct weekly alert search (and send email)
Emails will be sent as both HTML and text-only. Both formats will contain search results, including a section on statistics computed over the entire database for that search query.  The HTML version will also contain images links and item links for your convenience.

The idea here is to allow members a more convenient and tailored way to track active auctions, but to also be alerted when an interesting item is recorded in the completed auctions database.

This feature is currently in testing and is scheduled to be released for member use by the end of September.

If you are interested in becoming a tester for this feature, please contact patchtrends@gmail.com. You must be a member of Patchtrends.com to participate.

There are also a couple of other features in the works that future blog posts will discuss.  And due to user feedback, we are investigating augmenting the data we track on each completed item.

Please let us know your thoughts on anything contained in this post or really, anything else that is on your mind as it relates to Patchtrends.com.

Thank you,
Patchtrends.com