Flagged Ads Update

A relatively minor update to the way flagged ads are handled caused a few minutes of downtime this morning around 8:30 as I hammered some kinks out of the code. Now if you flag an ad it not only moves it a bit closer to being removed from the site, but it will also immediately remove it from the listing that _you_ see.
Thanks,
Chris

More Categories

I put in a few more categories today. Some new stuff, some that was just splitting older categories into more manageable groups. I apologize to anyone who noticed that A little after 10 am I took down the site. It was only down about 3 minutes, so hopefully it didn’t inconvenience anyone too much.
Thanks,
Chris

More Free Ads

Well I can’t sleep tonight, so I lose. But you win. I finished up a change to the classifieds. All categories may be posted to without charge. The premium categories have a low limit to the number of free ads that can be posted, other categories allow a few more ads for free. You can post as many paid, upgraded ads anywhere you like, and there is no longer a $1 charge per premium category.

Now that does leave me feeling that people who have paid their $1 for a premium category deserve a little something more. These are the people that are helping us stay in business and continue to provide this service to all. Temporarily the first page of each category will display paid ads first, free ads starting on the second page. Next week it will go back to normal.

Once again a special thank you to those who continue to patronize our website. Your continued support allows everyone to enjoy this website.

My apologies to anyone who noticed that I hid most of the ads for 5 minutes tonight.
Thanks,
Chris

Changes

Changes are a fact of life. Some of them are good, some not so good. In the last couple of days my I’ve seen a few not so good. Life moves on.

The classifieds has seen some changes as well. The most recent, today, was the removal of any upper cap to the number of ads posted, provided there was a payment with the ad. One of the recent changes that people tended not to like was the introduction of premium categories. God willing, tomorrow we will witness another change that should make folks happier. The concept of a premium category isn’t going to go away, but perhaps there is some happy middle ground where we can remain profitable and the folks using our site can still benefit fully.
Thanks,
Chris

Minor Changes

Couple of small things today. I adjusted the asking price display so that the big ticket items show as $232,000.00 rather than $232000.00. From now on you only need to enter a zipcode, and we’ll work out the city, state from that. It should be a couple steps simpler to submit an ad, and in addition the location display becomes more consistent.
Thanks,
Chris

Return

I’ve just returned from a week long trip to Romania. My brother and his wife got married there. Now that I’m back we should have some more development on the classifieds soon.

On the first day in Romania I walked into a pet store, and the first thing I saw was a degu. They were priced identically to the rabbits, about 60 lei, or about $20 USD. Or maybe it was 20 lei, which would have been a little less than $7, I can’t recall, and I didn’t think to take a picture. Romania has a climate very similar to our own, and apparently have no problems with escaped degus forming self perpetuating colonies.

They’ve got some interesting stone pit fruits over there. They have a lot of wild growing prune plums with fruits the size of our seedless grapes, as well as more familiar european plums. They’ve got regular cling stone and freestone peaches, but also a tiny peach with white flesh, green and white fuzzy skin, and in the samples I tasted a freestone pit.

Quite a few hours were spent touring the ancient Roman fortifications. Picturing the whole thing being done by hand so long ago is difficult. Unfortunately I didn’t make it through any of the castles.
Thanks,
Chris

Spammers and Scammers

Today we shut down another couple of low lifes that were sending out scams. I also dropped a reCaptcha in place on the mail form. If someone sends a lot of email through our site, it will start popping up to make sure there is a real human at the console and not a machine.
Thanks,
Chris

Asking Price, Zipcode

This morning some of you may have noticed that we added asking price and zipcode fields to the form when placing an ad. The asking price is an optional field, but if you supply one, it will be included in the listing on searches and category browsing. I intend to also embed it in the ad as well, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. The zipcode field is required, and while I don’t have it displaying anywhere just yet, it should be soon.

Thanks again to those of you purchasing enhanced features and ads in premium categories. Your continued support allows us to continue offering the classifieds and to produce new features.
Thanks,
Chris

Mark’s Letter

Here’s a bit more about what we are doing with the classifieds, and why.
Thanks,
Chris

Dear Customer
You might not be aware that on average, 300,000 pennswoods.net ads are viewed daily.
Page views (or site hits) are running 1,800,000 per day.
We estimate more than $25,000,000 worth of goods and services have been sold on the pennswoods.net site.
The current run rate of sold items is $6,000,000.  This shows how effective our site is in selling your goods and services and how fast our classified section has grown.

Our upgraded classified site now includes enhancements to help you sell your goods and services.
Mark Stern
Pennswoods.net