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Hi, all! I would really appreciate it if you would take a look at the new website that I just got up for my company.<br><br><br><br>
As a little background, I was a professional polo player (yes, on horses) for 15 years. In that time, I spent a lot of time on the road with horses (usually 10 or more), and had to haul a lot of supplies around.<br><br><br><br>
Additonally, I spent a lot of time on horseback, alone, with lots of time to think.<br><br><br><br>
If anyone ever wants the whole story of how I got here, I'll be glad to fill them in, in the meantime, to make a very long story short, I invented a luggage systems, as well as some other items, for storing, protecting and transporting the veterinary and grooming supplies that I needed. It also allowed me to inventory my products at a glance, was space saving, and easy to handle.<br><br><br><br>
There is a lot of misery involved in this process, including being in debt up to my eyeballs, and having a nervous breakdown at one point. However, I managed, after several years of being stuck with 3 patents to my name, but no money and no way to get the things to the market, to get the ball rolling again.<br><br><br><br>
By a fluke, I had a booth at the San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo several years ago, and some military people saw my products and loved them. Now I am the sole supplier of these items that I invented to the military, home security and EMS/ Firestations. I'm not in the black yet, but it is coming sooner than later.<br><br><br><br>
I would love you all to take a look at this website and to let me know what you think. Please keep in mind that very few people will be coming across this website haphazardly or by searches - most will be sent there for more detailed info on the products. Additionally, most who view this will already be in the industry.<br><br><br><br>
One special note:<br><br>
On the Stor-it! page is a video. To me, it seems too dark - how does it work for all of you?<br><br><br><br>
Additionally, there is no ordering from this site. The site sends people to my manufacturer and distributor, Iron Duck. Most will know how to place orders from that site.<br><br><br><br>
Here is the site:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.perfectworldluggage.com" target="_blank">http://www.perfectworldluggage.com</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thanks so much,<br><br><br><br>
EquiPro
 

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Those are neat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> The only thing I noticed is that I think the display on the main page could be done a little better. Maybe more uniform (images laid out better, all the same size). Other than that it's pretty straight-forward.<br><br><br><br>
I also think it might be worth your while to set up a mirror of this site that's geared toward moms, campers (which I guess would include fishers and hunters <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">), etc. Maybe even some pre-packed kits if that's cost effective (like a car safety kit). Not sure if you're even interested in tapping that market.
 

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We're moving towards that currently. In about 2 -3 months we will be releasing a product for kids toys and adult accessories. We have also developed a backpack series for the Air Force, and as soon as that is in full production, we will be releasing a version for backpackers. Additionally, the Medi-mat will be released to the public in a more convienient size (it's under development and not on the site yet) for all kinds of uses.<br><br><br><br>
I didn't like the inconsistencies on the size of photos on the front page, either, but the items are so diverse in their size, that there wasn't much I could do about it.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks so much. How was the video for you? That is one area over which I am most concerned. It will be difficult to adjust the brightness of the video overall and will cost some additional expense, but it is necessary if people can't see what is taking place. Thanks, Michael.
 

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I'm working a few suggestions for minor improvements on the site, I'll PM you later. No problem with the darkness of the video, it was perfectly clear what was going on. Personally I would stop the video when he's finished opening up the bag, as the sped up reassembly footage kept reminding me of the chase scenes in Benny Hill.
 

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The home page loads slow at 56k, and the two names in the title bar confuse me. It's two different companies? They don't sound related. BRB, checking to see if the page finished downloading...<br><br><br><br>
So, it's a mass casualty luggage system? I'd briefly explain the product at the top of the page to make it clearer.<br><br><br><br>
Also, for the sake of size and clean appearance, I'd reduce the right logo at the top of the page, and compress the pics on the page as far as you can without sacrificing too much detail and quality. The layout and organization are a little<br><br><br><br>
Finally, my personal opinion is that there's too much red on that page, what with the logo, and the frames. Maybe choose a different color for the frames that isn't so bright, or go for just a thin black line or drop-shadow (I like the frames on the Stor-It page, for example, but top-align the photos instead of bottom-aligning them in the table). Same goes for the neon green. The overall effect of those and some of the text on your various pages is a very homegrown, non-professional look, which is fine, if that's what you're going for. But, if you're going for a more professional look, typography is everything. The key is consistency of typeface, color, size, etc. Have a unifying theme to your site, and that will go a long way toward making your website look hot.<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, the actual pics are great. They told me more about your product than anything else on the page, and they look cool in action. Great product.<br><br><br><br>
I like the way the words highlight in the navigator bar, BTW. That's a nice touch.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
On a side note:<br><br><br><br>
Monsanto's a client? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">
 

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I agree for the most part with what's been said already. Most video links anymore have audio too; even if it's just some cornball music. Just something I noticed yours didn't have. But it wasn't dark at all for me.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Hi, all. Thanks so much for the input so far. I am glad that, in general, the feedback has been positive, and that there isn't anything blaringly missing from the site.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, did most of you notice that there is a rollover with the pictures on the first page?<br><br><br><br>
Jon - my partner in my manufacturing said the exact same thing about the Benny Hill issue. I do understand, but I feel that it is important that people see how the item is closed, but not have to watch another whole minute of the video. I know that it looks a little silly at the end, but I really wanted to cut the time down on the video. How does everyone else feel about this?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again! Keep the comments coming, please.<br><br><br><br>
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EquiPro,<br><br><br><br>
First, excellent idea!<br><br><br><br>
My largest problem is the bright red. It hurts my eyes and makes me a little motion sick, to be honest.<br><br><br><br>
The photos are a great quality - very clear and bright. And a good looking man never hurt sales!<br><br><br><br>
Having a uniform invisible border would help with easing the eye through the site.<br><br><br><br>
Overall, very well done! I give it a B+ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by EquiPro</i><br><br><b>BTW, did most of you notice that there is a rollover with the pictures on the first page?<br><br><br><br>
Jon - my partner in my manufacturing said the exact same thing about the Benny Hill issue. I do understand, but I feel that it is important that people see how the item is closed, but not have to watch another whole minute of the video. I know that it looks a little silly at the end, but I really wanted to cut the time down on the video. How does everyone else feel about this?</b></div>
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I didn't notice the rollover, but probably because I didn't feel the need to point my cursor at the photos.<br><br><br><br>
Can you edit the video? Why not find a suitable cut to remove the extraneous material? That's ultimately the number one goal of editing.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by EquiPro</i><br><br><b>Jon - my partner in my manufacturing said the exact same thing about the Benny Hill issue. I do understand, but I feel that it is important that people see how the item is closed, but not have to watch another whole minute of the video. I know that it looks a little silly at the end, but I really wanted to cut the time down on the video. How does everyone else feel about this?<br><br>
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Hi Rachel,<br><br><br><br>
Do you still have the original speed version of the closing of the case? If you do, why not have two separate clips; one for opening and one for closing on the page, then people can choose which one they want to see.
 

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I agree about the red, it's very in your face and not very attractive. Also agree about the typography, and the logos. Apart from that, yes, noticed the rollovers and the rest seems fine... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks so far. I'm going back over the website this week, and seeing what I feel needs to be changed. I'll let you know when and if I post the changes and we'll see what you think then.
 
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