I understand that there is disgust with the product, but where is the action? I think that there is a good start for a replacement for Beckett, and everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, who wants an alternative, should stand behind it, support it, augment it and tout it.
That is Zistle.
(Disclaimer: I am a member of Zistle, and one of the biggest contributors to it in terms of card scans and Box Break reviews, but I am not getting paid in any way to help.)
Zistle is a simplified, streamlined and more efficient version of the Beckett online card checklist, and also has Chat, a Forum, feedback, and a system of putting a value on the cards that is much more realistic than Beckett. I'm not sure how Josh and Ashley cull the data for the prices that are displayed, but it certainly is based on "reality" more than Beckett.
The whole Joe Collector issue that popped up recently also points to the illogic that is having a dual price system where people buy and sell items based on a percentage of the book value. That's crazy!
I have to admit that Beckett is useful in several aspects. First, it is comprehensive. No matter what you think of their management, this is obvious. Second, the values listed are useful from a trading perspective. That is, only for relative values. The people I trade with locally use it to make sure that everyone is getting fair value. I understand it and use it to, just so that no one gets shafted.
So, what do we do with all this anger? People should keep complaining, but they should also do something about it. Put your cards on Zistle. Trade through Zistle. Or make your own alternative (sorry, Josh & Ashley). As for me, I'm already knee-deep in Zistle and would like to get more people further involved and invested in it. If the blogging community supports Zistle, I can envision that it could become a real competitor to Beckett, even publishing a price guide.