I lost count – but there are about 125 links on the PriceSpy homepage.
It means that I have absolutely no idea what to do on the page – except to leave.
and so I did – but I took a picture first.
They used to win in the way Craigs list won. Now they lose in the way Yahoo! lose.
Try doing a product search and just watch how searched items expand and un-expand underneath the mouse as you move over them. Damned irritating when you expect such things to be clickable.
Still, it all looks very pretty is is [therefore] destined to win some kind of prettiness award!
Such as shame as it was a very good site when it was much simpler.
If its not broken…shame they tried to “fix” considering it was so effective before. Who worked on the design format because on my 17″ laptop there’s a good 3 inches of empty nothingness down the right hand side?
It’s a completely useless design, but they have a goldmine of information in there which makes it worth the battle.
Their developer needs to cut down on his caramel machiatos after seeing that design diarrhea.
The usability of the new pricespy site is horrible, I wonder if the original owner has any “sellers regret”.. given what the new crowd has done with the domain/company.
Personally I just use http://www.gearbot.co.nz/ now. It still needs a bit of refinement but it does the job nicely.
They’ve sold it? What on earth for? If they did then I seriously doubt they would care. If they did care then they shouldn’t have sold it.
owned by Prisjakt Sverige AB now. http://www.coys.co.nz/company/?no=2194580
Prisjakt needs to cut down on his glögg then
Ok so that’s a lot of links – bBut it’s not as though that alone is bad. News sites, like http://cnn.com seem to do ok – this is a design problem through and through. Ok, so who’s going to venture the first revision?
The real problem is not the number of links, but the lack of any sort of “colour heirarchy” – there’s nothing telling or encouraging you where to click. It’s just a sea of yellow.
I e-mailed them and they said “but but we’ve got so many more suppliers on board, more than 80 so far!”… suppliers are useless with no customers guys.
The real problem is what happens after you click a link. You then get to use that search/filter/browser/slider monstrosity. You need a phD to use that thing – it’s ridiculous. I was fiddling around with it and its a crime, there was no visual cue guiding me, buttons were activating other buttons and lights were coming on. It’s like being in a cockpit without your pilot hat on – someone has lost the plot completely on that one.
Do me a favour, go to home page, click “motherboards” (if you can find it) and then click “more filters” on the next page. Scroll down and look at it.. just look at it. This is a classic example of a developer gone absolutely mad.
Lance, the new replacement is http://www.howmuchisit.co.nz and
It is pretty much identical to the old one.
This is an extract about them
We are a group of computer and programming enthusiasts who are unhappy with the changes to a previous price indexing and comparison website much like this one. Instead of whinging about it, we decided to create our own alternative, and add some features that the original should have had.
So now you’ll find some nice price comparison pages here. we try to index the prices and products from as many sites as possible. We are still working on building spiders to index all the data.
Funny how no one bothered to put the time and effort into making an alternative to the original pricespy
I think it says an awful lot about the effectiveness and usability of the new pricespy when there are now this many alternatives people have put the time and effort into making (basically for free).
Probably because if it ain’t broke , why recreate the wheel. They also probably saw that it may be difficult to monetize.
Alexa has them increasing traffic since the change http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/pricespy.co.nz maybe they’ve found a new audience?
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