As many of you know from an email sent out last weekend, Felinevet is moving his shop to EDCSource.com. Since it’s part of the Defender Web & Tool family of websites (which also includes SOSAKOnline, SAKWiki and Multitool.org) this is an in house move, designed to streamline things for Tim and all SOSAK members. For those who weren’t aware, Tom will be moving Rotokid’s Shop to EDCSource as well. Put bluntly, SOSAKOnline’s software is painfully outdated, and a large part of the problem with updating it is the number of hacks to the original software to allow a shared user database between the main site, Rotokid’s Shop and Felinevet’s Shop.
Unfortunately the shop software used on SOSAKOnline never truly functioned adequately for Tim’s or Tom’s needs, and over the years many solutions were explored, none of which seemed to be an ideal solution, and the software we had in place worked “well enough” that we managed with it. This was a result of SOSAKOnline being my first web project, and me not really having any idea what the heck I was doing, and not being able to adequately describe the project to our programmer Esteban. He did an exceptional job, especially given that it’s lasted this long, but the time had come to make a change, not only for Tim & Tom’s sake, but also for the many people trying to buy items from them.
EDCSource is turning out to be a better platform than we’d initially anticipated, so it seemed like the ideal choice to replace the existing stores. Tim and Tom could have their own spaces and will still be connected to SOSAKOnline through the links in the left menu, and by the same URL’s- meaning you will still be able to access them by typing in www.felinevet.sosakonline.com or www.rotokid.sosakonline.com and that will never change as long as I’m in charge. I have never in all my life dealt with retailers as solid as these guys, and I have no desire to change or cut them off, ever. I’m sure most of you out there will agree.
The down side of all this is that all members will now have to re-register at a new site in order to make purchases from Tim and/or Tom. I apologize that this is necessary, but that’s the nature of the beast- sooner or later we’d have had to change to some new type of software which would have caused difficulties and some confusion, and we felt that this would perhaps be the best solution. The up side is, in addition to buying from Tim and Tom, EDCSource allows you the freedom to buy from many other retailers and private individuals, as well as sell your own items, similar to eBay, but without the huge fee structure or excessive rules. EDCSource has no listing fees, and if your item sells for less than $50 USD, you sell it free! Any items over $50 are subject to a 5% site commission. Compare that to the Big Guys’ fee structure!
So there you have it- The rumours of a large scale split between Tim, Tom and myself are not true, and in fact, are better than ever as we work out new ways of serving the members better! Check out EDCSource today if you haven’t already and let us know what you think- as with SOSAKOnline I guarantee it will continue to grow and serve its members faithfully for years to come.