September 4, 2009

Goozex DVD Trading Follow-up

Erik Kubik Says Goozex’s DVD trading feature went live a few weeks ago. Initially, the site was clogged with user traffic, as well as updates to the system. Everyone was trying to list their “haves” and “wants” for DVDS. I’m almost certain I did not list my stuff until several days later.

In retrospect, I would say that the added DVD trading feature has been a success. Many of the Goozex users, both old and new, have commented in the forums that the system is easy-to-use, and straightforward with searches. A fair amount of DVDs, Blu-rays, and UMDS have been traded back and forth.

The biggest concern is the listing system. Many users have discovered there are several different retail versions of movies and television shows, including widescreen, full screen, special editions, and re-releases. This became a problem when I was trying to find a copy of Animal House; at 100 points it was a steal but I had to pick through several different versions to find the one I wanted. Goozex needs to find a way to make sure traders clearly list the item, including if it’s a re-release, special edition, screen size, etc.

The points vary from one version to another. Some releases are 200 points while others are 150 points. I am also concerned about certain seasons of various TV shows. Muze and Goozex have done a fairly good job of updating their listings but there are still a few holes. For example, some seasons of The Simpsons are not listed. It would also help if DVD seasons were listed in order on the page, such as seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4, versus this order, seasons 1, 6, 3, and 9.

One of the greatest things with the system is the number of very reasonably-priced DVDs and TV Box sets. Even the rare and out-of-print DVDs are popping up as users utilize the system. Speaking of reasonable DVD sets, I got most of the King of the Hill series for far less than what retail charges. So far the DVD trading part of Goozex is working great and I’m sure as it grows, features will continue to be added to the benefit of the users.