Why do people show up on this general ecommerce board looking for specific software help when other resources are clearly more appropriate?
Have you tried the Stone Edge website's discussion group? Zillions of posts by hundreds of very experienced users.
|*Now* they want to charge $250 for 3 hours of phone support |
Are you referring to their "Express Setup Service" which I believe includes a lot of custom installation and configuration.
As for your use of the word "Now," StoneEdge prominently discusses the $250 set up option and recommends it to most users. There's no trickery.
We don't use SE but plan to use it eventually...and pay for the Express Setup.
irony... I was just looking at this software yesterday and I did notice the express fee for installation; also noticed that there is a $100 per hour fee for going over the time limit for the epxress service. You'll want, and they expect that you have certain ducks in a row before engaging the express service. Go back and re-check those details Herb75.
I would get everything prepared and then let them do thier thing, that's not an unfair price for 3 hours of work.
it is there inability so assist you when you call that has me upset. i can take the tutorial but when you have different people who will be using the software with new people coming into the loop at various times it would be nice and efficient if we had an operating manual.
Are you saying that SE doesn't provide a non-technical users booklet? You may have to write your own training guide keyed to your business and your employees' level of sophistication.
I repeat: you should inquire at their users' forum or their Knowledge Base.
I know that SE also offers annual support contracts for about $350 dollars. They are bringing out a new version of SE in January and their prices are going up.
There is a Quick Start Guide that you can download from the same Web page where you downloaded the Order Manager. Did you try using that?
You can also find extensive documentation in our Knowledge Base.
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The software is a bargain for the features they are offering. I recommend the Express installation. The software is incredibly flexible which also makes it difficult to configure initially. Their user's guide is an online knowledgebase which I think is the user's guide. They add features (and fix bugs) constantly that would make for a static user's guide obsolete after an update.
^ no kidding huh? I'd like to hear from someone that has gone through an integration.
"I'd like to hear from someone that has gone through an integration."
Stone Edge has a very active Users Forum. You can get to it from a link on our home page. It's open to the public, and there is an Ask Other Users section. If you ask there, I'm sure some of our users will be glad to talk to you about it.
From what I have heard from my clients, Stone Edge offers a solid product and decent customer support department.
This is from feedback from experienced solid retailers.
Can they offer this type of support to everyone including those new to online sales?
The level of support needed to new ecom sites leans more toward consulting services rather than product support.
Stone Edge isn't marketed to brand new e-commerce retailers.
They talk of 10 sales a day as being the minimum level for a business to consider implementing their system. Maybe $200,000 absolute minimum annual sales.
If you're worried about $250 then you ought to buy a few file folders and Excel (you can actually handle a ton of orders with pen and paper)