It’s as if they decided that, since Casemates is already profitable without any improvements, why waste them here when they could create a brand new website that is exactly what Casemates was supposed to be, with site tools and user friendly discussion forums. I wonder if they used any of that $120,000 Casemates Kickstarter money to create the new site.
It’s no surprise why they are not advertising it here. It’s a blatant rip-off of their own existing site but with all the improvements we’ve been asking for here and haven’t gotten! (OK, except for shipping holds).
@chipgreen@CorTot@InFrom Fun to yank your chain like that
I think there’s just a lot less flexibility in using the Mercatylist infrastructure. Given that the exact idea for the site is now implemented in software by WCC, that’s the only reason I can think of. Maybe we’ll see the tools ported back over here once they’re shown to be usable. Fingers crossed!
@chipgreen@InFrom@klezman It seems that Casemates has reached end-of-life. The energy that could have been expended in improving this site has instead been directed elsewhere. Casemates is Windows 7 in a Windows 10 world.
@chipgreen@InFrom@klezman I did not mean to imply CM is dead, only that it is not receiving enhancements and has been replaced. I know people who haven’t upgraded from Windows 7. Just don’t expect there to be updates or many new users.
At first I was annoyed to see this, but am actually happy it’s out there. I live in a state where case splitting never really came together. Maybe an app could help. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Here’s my take on this in general, fwiw:
-WD never promotes other sites he’s involved with on Casemates (Reverse Wine Snob, Rue La La, etc). I’m sure Snapster wouldn’t be happy to see him using the site to pull customers away. And I think the main point is finding new customers, not just moving existing ones around. This is why we see wines on meh.com on occasion, usually at a fantastic discount, coupons on Woot, etc.
-My gut tells me that Meh management, for whatever reason, was not interested in setting up a case splitter app. It’s been years since it was promised. And clearly setup is not a heavy lift, as evidenced by the denegociants dot com site where a Cameron Hughes fan basically stood it up as a personal project. The site includes many other bells and whistles as well, including a leaderboard and space for reviews.
It looks like WD decided to finally get this done on a new site. The general concept is very similar to CM with the splitting function added, so why stand this up otherwise? I think they feel this could drive new customers and sales which is the biggest win for the business.
-Based on limited information, pricing does seem to be slightly higher than on Casemates. The current offer was on CM late last year at about $1/btl less for each offer type. Maybe to cover overhead for the new site? We’ll have to see if it stays that way.
@bunnymasseuse@kaolis@klezman It is more expensive on the other site and since I live in the boonies, I doubt I would find anyone to split. I buy way too much wine here as it is. I check every once in a while.