I'm one of the oldest members here and I haven't posted on this thread yet, shame on me.
I should have, because CCL is a godsend for a lifelong comic collector like myself. Before having this, I used Excel. Anyone that has used Excel knows how crappy that can be with a large collection.
In the 90s before I had a computer I just had a notepad and paper to keep track of my collection and that was complete chaos. I'd start in alphabetical order, but then I'd continually get new comics, and eventually have to redo the whole thing to keep track of it all. Pain in the butt. I even used to buy doubles of comics I already had.
Now with CCL it's easy as pie. My collection is easily maintained. I never buy doubles anymore. And I've learned more about comics in the last 5 years than the 20 years before just by being a member of the active message boards and by searching through the INCREDIBLE library of comic information that the software provides. And I love the wishlist option. I keep myself entertained at times just looking through the library and finding stuff that looks cool then adding it to my wishlist.
And the marketplace is great to boot. I'd say 85% of the time I'm buying back-issues I'm buying them through CCL stores like Alpha Comics and Brett's Comic Pile. I still go to the local shop for weeklies, though, sorry guys, online just can't beat that experience. The smell of the shop, seeing the cool posters, promos, and action figures that came out. Talking about the big story that week with the guy at the register. Seeing the new comics you didn't know about on the stands. It can't be beat electronically, yet.
And of course the community. The very active, very friendly, and very knowledgable CCL community can't be beat anywhere on the web. This is the #1 place for me to discuss the latest going-ons in comics and other geekiness.
CCL has changed my collecting habits in SOOOOO many ways.
I am much more likely to expand out of my comfort zone on different products because of community suggestion on titles.
The CCL Application is a MUST HAVE when I go to the comic shop now.
"Do you have a copy of "THIS" variant?" *Holds up the app*
The App has also made me a much more informed buyer, as I can compare prices instantly with people who KNOW comics.
The software is easy to use. It's also easy to explain to people who aren't tech-savvy.
Oh. AND I buy more comics
...which might be the biggest thing.
When I see and hear more people buying comics, that gets me excited about what I collect as well...and I have to have COMPLETE collections.
Since I've worked here, I've been working towards complete w/variant sets of X-FILES, HULK (VOL 2) and IDW TRANSFORMERS. Some I have, some I haven't, but I've been able to hone and be "in control" of my collection instead of it controlling me.
All in all, a VERY powerful little site with ALOT of power to put in the hands of comic collectors. That's why I support it and love it so much.