Ten years ago, Lance Christen and Jaymes Sorbel launched ChrisLands.com. The idea for ChrisLands started in 1999 when they began two years researching the online used book selling market. Lance, with a background in business administration, focused his research on the business aspects of the online used book market and Jaymes, with computer science experience, focused his research and work on developing a website application specifically for selling used books.
Back then, $2000 to develop an online used bookstore was not an exorbitant price. It could take a software programmer several weeks or more to build a store tailored to sell used books. Software programmers built stores from scratch and each bookstore that was built was a brand new creation.
Jaymes and Lance intended to offer a service that was easy and affordable for any independent bookstore to use, filling a void they saw for independent booksellers. And that is what they did. In May of 2001, they launched ChrisLands.com!
We are so proud of many things here at ChrisLands.
Since the beginning we have made customer support a top priority. In the beginning if you emailed or called you would get one of the founders (Lance) to answer your questions and our goal was to answer as quickly as possible. To this day, whether you call, email, or submit a support ticket you still get one of the founders (Jaymes) to answer your questions and we still have the goal of answering as quickly as possible.
A little known fact is that ChrisLands is named after Jaymes' children, Christina and Landry. Jaymes has and continues to grow and support ChrisLands as if it were one of his own children. You don't let your children down and Jaymes feels that way about supporting ChrisLands' store owners.
In May of 2001, the ChrisLands' system was a basic ecommerce system designed with booksellers in mind. Over the course of the last ten years we have added so many features we do not remember them all. But here are a few of them:
All of our additions we added to the system without charging an upgrade or a per module fee as many services do today. We still are developing today and have a long list of features we are looking forward to adding in the future and we will continue not to charge any additional upgrade or per module fee.
During development we submit new features to in depth testing process. However, on top of that, our system has been in place for 10 years being used by thousands of store owners and even more customers making it both stable and reliable. Our system has been put through the paces!
As for our hardware platform, we made a conscious decision early on to use only the most reliable hardware we could afford. All of our servers are now on enterprise grade Dell servers. We have found these to be incredible machines. Additionally, we spend a small fortune on locating the hardware in a high end network operation center with battery and generator backup for power, fire suppression, multiple bandwidth providers, and 24 hour monitoring.
Based on the comparison of other sites that offer similar services, which we know of, we are by far the lowest priced! After ten years ChrisLands still provides quality services and the lowest prices!
We could go on but none of this would be possible without you! You are the only reason for any success ChrisLands has had over the last decade.
We sincerely Thank You for trusting us with your ecommerce website. We look forward to providing you with the same great service for many years to come! Thank You for a Great 10 Years!
Jaymes H. Sorbel
President / Founder
Listed below are the stores that have been with us since the first week, 10 Years Ago!
Founded: May 4 2001
Founded: May 5 2001
Founded: May 6 2001