Monthly Archives: October 2013 Has Relaunched…Finally!

Black Market Antiques RelaunchedAbout a month ago we began undertaking a long needed update to the Black Market Antiques website that included not only a total visual makeover, but also functional improvements on an exponential scale. Well, we’re finally happy to announce that the site has been relaunched and is fully functional once again and ready for shoppers to browse. We’ve still got a few things that need touched up, like the look of this blog, but the site is fully functional, easier to use and much easier to navigate than previously.

We didn’t just change the look of the site, we changed the shell and added a lot of new features. Other than the look of the site, the biggest change is probably in our shopping cart and checkout process. Black Market Antiques now has “Checkout as a Guest” feature, where making an account with our site is not required. We also have new upgraded abilities to run sales and give discounts based on customer loyalty for those regulars who shop here often. Our photo quality has improved, and you can look for products to now have larger clear photos. Our search has also improved and you no longer have to match exactly what is in the title to show product results. The search is also tweakable and we’ll be working forward to customize the search results based on past searches and results to more accurately show products of relevance.

In the past month, we’ve also added close to 1,000 items to our inventory including a large expansion of our jewelry categories.

We’ve also gotten rid of the Google Wallet checkout! Some customers loved it, but generally it was met with puzzled looks and skepticism and general¬† frustration over the annoyance of having to sign up for a service completely separate than just making a payment for the goods on Black Market Antiques.

In the coming weeks we will be doing some more cosmetic tweaks and adding some more features too, including the ability for shoppers to make offers on the products. We know you like to shop at antique shows and flea markets and that you like to bargain, soon you will have that ability. Also, sign up for our newsletter for periodic site updates, inventory notifications and general antique news. Also, we will be adding a newly listed products page, so you can browse our newest items.

We thank our regular customers for their patience as we made the transition to our new site format, browse around and hopefully you will find the experience much improved as well.

New Website Coming!

You may have noticed the site is a little off. Well we’ve moved it from the root of the website to the “old” section. We still have all your old order information saved there as well as all the products we currently have available. The images don’t seem to want to thumbnail, so they are huge. ¬†We are aware of all its bad qualities at this time.

Why would we do this? Well, we are upgrading our store software over this weekend and hope to have the new site up on Monday October 7, 2013. These upgrades were necessary to offer our customers the easiest checkout system we could as well as removing the old Google Checkout and installing a new onsite credit card checkout system.

Please bear with us during this transition. You should still be able to order anything on the site you’d find during this time, or you can come back later once the new site is live and place your order then.

Thanks for your continued support of Black Market Antiques.