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Old 01-21-2011, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default NPD's new on-line catalog

Check out NPD's new and Much improved on-line catalog.NPDLink | National Parts Depot.
What do you think ?
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I kind of like the old "catalog" style better. This definitely looks more like most of the catalogs online.
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I LIKE IT seems to navigate much better
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It still needs some improvement in the layout. With online shopping becoming as common as in-store retail shopping, websites, just like stores, need to make the shopping experience fun by having a clean layout and easy to find items. It was a little annoying to have to zoom in and out on the old layout.
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Much better than what they had, in my opinion, and no worse than any other parts vendor.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I kinda liked looking at the actual paper catalog online...it has a lot of extra tech info. Seems kind of bland now. Like every other online catalog. "Add to cart" blah blah blah.

Hold on! I take that back...just noticed they have an "Interactive Catalog" link that lets you view the catalog like the old way National Part Depot

OK Im happy with the new format

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I kinda liked looking at the actual paper catalog online...it has a lot of extra tech info. Seems kind of bland now. Like every other online catalog. "Add to cart" blah blah blah.
Could be useful.

Glazier/Nolan posts a searchable .pdf version of their print catalog, which is easy to use, search, or browse (especially if you view using Mac Preview, as I do) but you can't order directly from it.

http://www.mustangbarn.com/catalog.pdf
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I like it better... but they should sub catagorize the mustang years more. Lot of differences between 65 and 73
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hmmm, more like the others of course and a needed change to not appear old school. I wonder if it lets you check out online or if they still use the email system.

I just did a search for an "alternator". It gave me 133 items and 14 pages. The first actual alternator wasn't listed until page 6. If I drill down thru the links on the side I don't get to an alternator until page 3. I think they need to give some priority to key words in their system and not just list everything with a certain word associated with it. A problem common to other sites, but many of them have a way to cut out the extras (like CJ, Dallas, etc).

Like most online catalogs I wish it had more items displayed on the page or at least an option like CJ to "view all".

My favorite option of all the online catalogs is how Dallas lets you narrow by exact year and not the normal 65-73. This really elimnates unwanted items.
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I like it better... but they should sub catagorize the mustang years more. Lot of differences between 65 and 73
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I kinda liked looking at the actual paper catalog online...it has a lot of extra tech info.
I found the extra tech info to be useful as well. If you look at certain items you will see it still has useful info and compatability listed. They seem to have done a good job at the descriptions. One of my biggest complaints about CJ is the lack of photos and good product descriptions.
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I liked the electronic 'paper catalog' better. I'm glad they still have it.

Now, if Virginia Mustangs would just get their act together. They have one of the best print catalogs in the business, but one of the worst online shopping areas.
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I found the extra tech info to be useful as well. If you look at certain items you will see it still has useful info and compatability listed. They seem to have done a good job at the descriptions. One of my biggest complaints about CJ is the lack of photos and good product descriptions.
I agree agree about CJ...their online descriptions really do suck. Their "30% off" sales and free shipping kinda make up for the lack-of-info buffoonery.
I also like the G/N website...lots of great info.
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I liked the look of the older "turn the pages" catalog, but I like the fact that you can now actually order online without waiting on an email back the next day with a quote.
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To be honest, their old site was the single worst website/online ordering system I had ever seen. I actually love NPD, Rick is a very nice guy, but I actually stopped ordering there because of the hassle of the "online" catalog and waiting for a quote. Not anymore, I am ecstatic that they have a new site and will be working with them from now on.
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