So, I get this call one day. Mr. Swift needs a website to sell his dad’s model airplane engine collection. Apparently there’s a whole subculture out there of people who buy and sell model airplane engines. Whowouldathunkit? We had a coffee, he showed me a list of the engines he needs to sell. 440 of them. I didn’t even know there were 440 kinds of engines. Apparently there are thousands and some of them are pretty cool looking. Anyway, I did a simple design, database driven inventory that Bill can go in and mark engines pending, sold or back for sale, and an order form that the site viewer prints out. Oh, the cool thing about that is that the order form is an HTML page with a timestamp. When you click on the Order Form link, that page is converted to PDF, with the timestamp, and it downloads to your computer. That way when the flood gates open and Bill gets 5 orders for the same $500 engine he can look at the time stamp to see who gets it.
You don’t have to tell me. ”Why don’t they just take payment online?” I know. We’re talking old guys here though (the buyers, not Bill). They often don’t trust that new fangled interweb thing and that PayPal is just out to get you. Anyway, no online payments. Just simple, cool order forms that let you track who printed first.