Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Ponydex Review

The Ponydex was created by a member of the MLPArena and is an online database that allows MLP collectors to track their collections, add photos, and make notes on condition, price paid, or other useful information. Users can also enter ponies available for trade or sale into their accounts and the program will match up traders or buyers and sellers. The Beta version of The Ponydex went live in February and so far over 5,000 ponies have been entered into the database. Membership is free and the site owners request that if you are a MLPArena member that you register with the same user name you use on the MLPArena.

Pros: The Ponydex is easy to use and the design is very straightforward and uncluttered. I like that users are required to take their own photos of items and I'm sure that users will find the notes section particularly useful if their are in the market to upgrade a certain collection item or attempting to keep an eye on their buying habits. The search function could be helpful for collectors who are looking for a particular pony to purchase.

Cons: While this system is ideal for a beginning collector, it would take ages to for someone with a sizable collection to enter the detailed profiles on every pony and upload photos and a collector book, or checklist would better serve as a time saving alternative. However, The Ponydex could still be used to list trade and sale items. The amount of items listed for sale or trade at the moment is few, but this may increase overtime as site traffic increases and collectors realize the potential of this feature.

All in all, I think that The Ponydex is a great online resource for My Little Pony collectors and look forward to seeing it further develop.

To join The Ponydex visit www.Ponydex.com.

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