So, I'm back in the poke scene after about 10 years of delinquency. My collection is old and my knowledge out dated but I still have the knowledge and concepts of all of it, I worked in the collectable industry both privately and professionally for about 5-6 years during the poke reign. Here where I live Pokemon died pretty much and is no longer really sought after, save for us few who still enjoy it and the collectables that come with it (Including the anime). I recently jumped back into the collectable poke scene after some encouragement from a good friend of mine (Mostly due to her showing me her collection XD) and think I've started off right; I'll include my new purchases and the restart of my collection after I receive them. All in all I'm happy to be back into it and though my knowledge is rather out of date concerning prices, rarity, what's sought after and so forth, I'm quickly jumping back in to it with tenacity and excitement.
The idea I spoke of in the title is this: I've noticed that most of the selling, trading, etc that goes on is done via Livejournal. This is a good system and provides a good community connection; however I see a greater potential for the community and something for the community directly. I am a Web Developer, I specialize in PHP and mySQL dynamic database driven websites and what I propose is creating a website similar to Ebay but strictly for Pokemon. It will of course be for community use, linked ot the community and general a very community oriented site. I'm not looking to make some sort of huge profit off of something like this, so before someone says it: "no I'm not attempting to milk the community for every red cent I can get". it will start off free, for the most part, later there will be a very small fee for listing (I've got to pay for the hosting of such a site SOMEHOW). Basically this will be Ebay but for pokemon merc solely (Pbay anyone? :P) and will give you, the poke community, a better place to list your items, with taking the worry and strain of remembering who bided on what and who got out bid and so forth. The created pages will offer near full HTML support so you can customize your auctions EXACTLY as you want (If you're knowledgeable of HTML you will find that feature extremely handy), it will of course not allow certain things, to help protect you and the system. I will not handle payment of any type, however I will link everything up to paypal to help expidite the payment method (If you want to use paypal, any other payment method will be up to you) As the owner of the site I will back you in payment disputes if someone buys an item and refuses to pay, etc (However I will not participate in little squabbles over he said she said type stuff).
You may ask yourself WHY would I use this instead of Ebay. The simple answer is, because it's for the community and the use will support the community. Of course you can still use LJ for whatever and use my system for whatever, what I'm doing it proposing the idea, putting my talents and abilities out there (I have over 10 years experience and currently work as a web developer and systems analyst) to create this, as both a fun project for me and something useful. This can also bring the community together, in a stronger tighter nit fashion and allow you to better share information and search for what you want, keep track of sales, keep track of sellers and bidders, and just generally be more pleasant.
Keep in mind this is not something I can just whip up in a blink of an eye, something this complex will take time and testing, what I wanted to know is what you the community thought of it, what you think a good domain name would be (that's the URL example www.ebay.com is the domain name) and if their are any aspiring web developers, graphic designers, etc that would like to donate/work on this with me, feel free to contact me via a comment and we'll speak more (This is going to be done pretty much under open source rules, I'm not going to pay for graphic work or anything like that. Anything you contribute, time, graphics, etc, will be considered as a donation to the betterment of the system and the community. So in short, don't look at this as being a job, because you're not going to get paid, except for thanks and awes from your community XP). Keep in mind, I won't always accept everything, especially if you're a graphic designer, so if you send me a picture going "This would make a great banner!" it doesn't mean I WILL use it, so don't be upset if someone else’s work gets chosen and I will attempt to find a use for everything that everyone sends me...sometimes however that's impossible to do XP.
Any questions, ideas, name ides (a name is very important and should involve the whole community) or anything else, please comment and let me know. I'll post later when I get my knew cards to show them off, I'm very proud of them...they're cards I've always wanted ^__^.
So that is my introduction and idea, thank you for listening and thank you for any positive comments you leave (Or non positive as long as they are constructive :P).