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How to sell stuff on your website

 2:43 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

I have a website that currently is all content, but I am looking into selling product on it as well. Pretty sure my options are as follows:

Easiest: have them email me and have them send me a bank check. Pretty much the Craigslist format.

Easy #2 option: PayPal

Most ideal but most complicated: secure credit card processing. Anyone set this up? I'm sure my web host offers this. I wonder how expensive it would be. My concern is that I will limited quantities of items and I need to prevent people buying products that are really "sold out".

Appreciate thoughts - especially on the credit card option as I want to appear as professional as possible.



 2:47 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

if it was me use PP its cheap and quick - if the site takes off and more people start buying from you you can consider options


 2:55 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

Credit Card Options:
1) Google Checkout
2) Use a service like Authorize.net

When items are sold out just take the "buy" button off that item(s).


 7:53 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)



 10:18 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

If you are only selling one item at a time PayPal works great.

But if you need to sell multiple items you will need something more. You should take a look at Paypal Website Payments Pro. It is more like a full-blown merchant account and buyers don't get re-directed to Paypal to complete payment. It is around $30 a month.


 3:00 pm on Oct 28, 2012 (gmt 0)


Shopify is interesting for a low volume start-up operation ?
Paypal professional tool is quite similar is it not ?



 12:40 am on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

As pdinis said, take a look at hosted solutions like Shopify and Business Catalyst and things like that (Big Commerce?). That offloads the admin headaches and security updates and lets you focus on selling stuff.


 12:16 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Another option would be to look into FoxyCart - you build the catalog the way you like it. They'll provide you the cart and checkout flow which you can make look pretty much any way you'd like.


 6:21 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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 12:26 am on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

I would suggest starting off with PayPal and if things pickup look into adding Authorize.net

That is how I got started. I only had 1 product at first.
Now that I have more, I offer both regular checkout with credit card, PayPal, and recently added a Money Order option.

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