Original Train & Rail

Discussion in 'Shapeways Shops' started by fx, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. fx
    fx Well-Known Member
    I write under my second username (my other is... fx2 -what a surprise!-).Since the beginning of the Shapeways private beta launch in mid 2008, I printed railway stuff using Shapeways. Until now, it was only for myself.

    Since we can't open a second shop under the same username, I used my "old" username. After several attempts where several javascripts errors were thrown -the same kind of errors that led me in the past to create my second account !-, I was able to open it! :)

    I create some original railway scale accessories that aren't made by any manufacturer I'm aware of. I will testprint them in the new material as soon I hit the $25 min. order. they have some fine features, but I think the parts should look nice once printed, or at least be recognisable... I already printed parts in the past* with this technology.
    I'm really wondering if Shapeways can be a suitable platform to sell this kind of very specialized scenery accessories or if I need to use a well-known online auction site to sell repackaged items... Future will tell.

    *Shapeways didn't existed then, or maybe as top-secret early alpha under another name...

    Shapeways shop first page seems to be well indexed by Google. However that's apparently not the case with the product pages.That's why I try the following below.

    ---Please don't mind, gg indexing experiment below---
    H0 1:87 hydrant / borne d'incendie à l'échelle 1/87ème HO
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011
  2. ana_xyz
    ana_xyz New Member
    Hi fx, glad to hear the shop setup process finally worked out for you. I took a look at your designs, I'd imagine accessories like those might be quite a hit with model train lovers.

    Since this is more about your shop, and not so much about a particular model, I'm going to move this thread over to the Shop section of the forums. ;)


     
  3. horst
    horst New Member
    fx:

    I'm glad you were able to open your shop. We have (just today) deployed some improvements to the javascript that was a frequent cause of problems, and we've also reorganized the process with our new My Shapeways section of the site.

    We'd be happy to hear your feedback on this site update; we're hoping it's a helpful improvement for our community members like you!

    -Ben
     
  4. fx
    fx Well-Known Member
    @horst: This update is a good step. I think some functions, for instance the Shop sales, are now much less hidden.
    I can't give you any feedbacks about the new javascript because I have no plan to open a third shop... :laughing:
    Some ideas (although I'm sure other users have already given similar ideas):
    I'm wondering if a fast bulk upload (x STL's in one zip file) method is in your pipeline. I would like to upload all the parts at once, and care later about writing descriptions and titles...
    I think (independently of the uploading method) all uploaded parts should be "hidden" by default (the user should actively choose to make them visible to all).

    A quick way to select and set some or all shop items to "not for sale" or "hidden" is needed. I can feel the trouble for a shop owner who has 200 items for sale...

    A user feedback/new feature voting system is planned, if I'm right ? This could be the best method for you to know what your users/shop owners need the most. Of course this is a bit of a double edged sword as it could provide ideas to competitors, too...
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2011
  5. horstnyc
    horstnyc New Member
    fx:

    We're working on streamlining the upload process this week. The first phase will be to simplify the existing upload page, and then we'll shift next week to work on multi-file uploading. (Plus or minus some time to work on other things that may arise.)

    I've received similar feedback from other power users about multi-uploading, so that's clearly a current pain point, and why I'm addressing it now.

    Setting a model's state to Hidden is going to get a better UI in the ongoing work, and when you use the multi-upload feature, you'll be able to set this property for the whole batch in one click.

    I do have a user feature voting mechanism in the roadmap, but it's far down the line. I don't expect it to happen for many months, if even this year! The forum is my interim solution. :)

    Thanks for the input.

    -Ben
     
  6. horst
    horst New Member
    Apologies, that was me posting the above response from a test account.

    -Ben