|Using Amazon For Store, Payment Processing|
I'm currently using esellerate as a "complete" solution for cart, store hosting, auto delivery of pdf books, physical items, etc, and I'm dissatisfied with the long standing issue of page load speed at their end.
So, I'm looking for alternatives that come as close to full service as possible, and have a brand name recognition which basically means Google and Amazon.
Amazon has various options, so I'm asking if anyone has experience using them, and more particularly, if they have any mechanism for auto filling "digital products". It's not clear to me they offer that.
Any help appreciated on any aspect of selling/processing -- are there things I might be missing taking into account?
PS. I'm less concerned with fees and costs than features and brand awareness.
PPS. At this point, particularly since Panda, we're low volume.
be careful my friend...i personally would not be too dependent on one company. I personally would use another shopping cart and also be careful about Amazon - they may see my product sales data - they sell just about everything we little merchants sell. This is just my opinion...I could be wrong.
1. have a site on ebay or Amazon.
2. Another ecommerce site:
--a) Either hosted solution like bigcommerce etc
--b) Some other cart( open source if budget is tight. some goodone are oscommerce,zen-cart, Magento).
I don't think Amazon Webstore can handle downloadable products.
We use Amazon Webstore + Fulfillment by Amazon + Selling on Amazon in the US and are just starting with Selling on Amazon + Fulfillment by Amazon in Europe.
We've been selling on Amazon for years now and started using their fulfillment about 18 months ago. This year, we more or less migrated completely over to their platforms. I don't even have a warehouse anymore.
We are the only vendor for our specific products, so competing directly with Amazon on price isn't a concern.
Being able to run my business wherever there is a computer and Internet connection + not having to have a physical facility at all + not having to deal with PCI requirements + easy access to European market is super compelling for us.
I'm very pleased with Volusion for our ecommerce solution.
1) As others have mentioned, if your product isn't proprietary, be very careful. Amazon has somewhat of a checkered history of undercutting merchants for their best selling products once they can see they're selling a lot.
2) We began using Amazon fulfillment this year. It probably doesn't necessarily relate to your product but nevertheless, we've been very pleased with their services thus far.