I just got a customer who needed a particular feature which Bingo Card Creator doesn’t support (she wanted to be able to write something other than BINGO on top of the cards — note that I’m not even finished with code to write BINGO, although that is scheduled for the next version). Unfortunately, she needed it by (literally) tomorrow, so I wasn’t able to help her.
I ended up pointing her to one of my competitor’s products which appears to have the feature she needs (I even installed their trial to make sure, and it appears it will work for her). This makes me happy-sad: happy I was able to give her at least an option, very sad it wasn’t me.
I’m going to end up making a Japanese version of Bingo Card Creator “one of these days”, and sell both the English and Japanese versions in the Japan market. This would be sort of ambitious for a uISV with no sales to date, if I weren’t Japan-based myself. Why?
I got my eSellerate account approved a few days ago and haven’t gotten around to actually setting it up for the website yet. That will be one of my priorities for this weekend. The actual mechanics of getting the product up and running are smooth as silk, and I estimate that I have played around with them for about 4-5 hours and could get a product listed in under 30 minutes if I really wanted to, start to finish. The main difficulty is skinning the site to make it look and feel like your website.