AHH!! Now I see where how you've come up with this idea that the software is going away anytime soon*. CCL isn't getting rid of the software. They want a way to allow for online access to your catalog which would double as a way for Mac users to play along. The software will still be required to sell.
*Soon would require any actual update on any list anywhere to happen. Which it's not. Plus, that was Steve's list from 10 months ago, not necessarily CCL's list or what's priority now.
Steve's list from 10 months ago alone wouldn't have me worried. But since he's CCL's equivelent of Thor or Loki depending on your point or view and with no chance of CEO Odin coming out of his office to speak to us little people foreseeable, I do tend to give his list a little weight and at the very least can count it as a reference to these things being a goal. Combine that list which we have reasonible expectation that they SHOULD
be working towards accomplishing, with being told they HAVE
accomplished aspects they aren't making known publically like the ability to alter prices in a range now and you have to assume a lot of this is going to tie in to the implementation of the softwareless system which seems to be the only way to get rid of a huge number of glitches while providing us a way to access our catologes from multiple sources which has given me fits all year trying to accomplish unsuccessfully, to expanding the ability of individuals wanting to have seperate accounts for seperate collections catologed even though they may only have one computer. An easy example of that would be the parent with two kids and maybe dad has a box or six in his closet also. Now you potentially have 3 yearly fee's getting paid where before you could only have had one.
Another very valid reason for wanting this aspect for some of us is for insurance purposes. The detailed catologing of our comics for purposes of claims if something horrible happens (and I've got enough books with singed edges to know that it does sadly
) I was told directly by my insurance company that I had to list the stores items to be covered by a commercial policy and that the personnel collection would be covered under the renters insurance if it was catologued. (Yet another reason for CCL to double up on the yearly fee's once it's an option) I'm sure there are ways we can go to extra effort to identify a few newsstands here and there and show them seperately but for simple ease of use it makes sense to let a few in where rarity leading to higher value can be shown (or disproved if the ability to seperate the data does so)
Now because CCL makes no distinction so far between the Direct Editions and Newsstand Editions for this issue which we've already provided verifiable external links to show this falls into the time frame where only 1.5 of every 10 could be Newsstand Editions and common sense says less than that should still be in high grade condition, I had no way of knowing it may be more valuable and sold a copy for $2.75 last night.
Denver says $45.
No matter how much we feel Denver is overcharging, I think it's safe to assume it should have gone for more than $2.75 here putting more into the CCL coffers. If the new owner wants to list it on their insurance policy don't you think they'd like to list it at a higher number since it may cost more to replace if something happens? If as a database we collect a seperate source of data to show (or disprove) that it is wouldn't it make the claim for replacement cost more valid? Surf the sales figures and stats CCL collects from past sales.
That's just one more of a long list of little reasons to allow a few in gradually. Call them Newsstand Edition/Value Variants in the caption if you want. I have no desire to dump them all in at once and have enough data to show there is no real difference in value/qty availible for many of the 80's issues. Use the power of the database for good. If it's true the data will collect to validate it. If Denver's full of it, the data will collect to show that. For my own best interest, it seems the logical thing would be to try out some of those alternative database/retail sites. Maybe move all the newsstands, even the one's already distinguished, to a new seperate store and name the store something simple like "Newsstand Editions". That solves the problem from a singular perspective and the not having all the eggs in a single basket thing doesn't sound like a bad idea either, especially if you manage to convince me the CCL staff is incapable of accomplishing their own printed goals.