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malochio




msg:648643
 12:18 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm new to this board, so I hope I'm not repeating anything that went before. I'm building my first ecommerce site for a client, which will be selling costume jewelry and other small items. We need a shopping cart to handle credit card purchases. I looked into the PayPal cart, but after reading some of the horror stories here and elsewhere I'm not so sure.

What I like about them is that you can design your page however you want and add their buttons, which will add items to the cart or take you to the checkout. Can anyone here recommend reliable software that works the same way? I'd like not to have the design of the site affected except for the buttons. The look of the checkout area etc. are not as important to me.
Thanks in advance,
Mal

 

jwolthuis




msg:648644
 1:41 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use AspDotNetStorefront on my site, and have had very good success with it.

It's a low-cost package, and they can provide you with full source code, so you can make any modifications you'd like.

[edited by: lorax at 1:44 pm (utc) on Nov. 23, 2005]
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BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:648645
 7:49 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I looked into the PayPal cart, but after reading some of the horror stories here and elsewhere I'm not so sure.

Horror stories? I have had no problems with it.

Barb




msg:648646
 10:20 am on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does anyone have any experience with Mal's Shopping cart (mals-e.com)?

Unfortunately, I have a frayed shoe string budget *grins* and need something low cost upfront. I figured I could use PayPal for my payment gateway/merchant account since I already have a Business account with them.

I have been saving up for X-cart, which I have been with already for other's. Could I still use PayPal as my merchant account and such with X-cart? Once I start making money, I can change to something better if need be.

Just looking for the cheapest, yet safest option for shopping cart, merchant account, payment gateway.

sunnylyon




msg:648647
 10:59 am on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

We are looking to change our cart too and so far litecommerce has it for us.

Does everything you want - the modular system means you have to pay for adding on various different features, but even when you do the sums, it still works out reasonable and seems very easy to work with.

(No I don't work for them, just doing my own independent research).

Barb




msg:648648
 1:36 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I looked at LiteCommerce also, since it is from the same people at X-cart. However, once I added on all the modules that I would need, the price ended up being the same at the Gold X-Cart. I am still saving up for X-cart in the end.

I think, for now, I'm going to go with Mal's E Shopping cart. It seems pretty simple to deal with on all bases. And it's very inexpensive. That's the plus for me at this time.

Hopefully, if someone has had any good or bad experiences with Mal's E Shopping Cart, please let me know. It's going to be a week or two before I can get started with it.

CernyM




msg:648649
 8:43 pm on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think, for now, I'm going to go with Mal's E Shopping cart. It seems pretty simple to deal with on all bases. And it's very inexpensive. That's the plus for me at this time.

We used Mal's shopping cart for about a year and a half when we first got started. Never had any problems with it.

peco




msg:648650
 3:23 am on Nov 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

A question from a newbie to e-commerce, who is trying to learn.

When there is open source shopping carts, like osCommerce, why would you want to pay for a shopping cart?
Is it because the OS versions aren't too good?

Essex_boy




msg:648651
 6:07 pm on Nov 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well thats what I thought when I first discover OSC etc, however I have a problem modifying and getting it to do exactly what I want.

Dont get me wrong it is still very powerful and knocks spots of of some of the over carts about.

For Example Actinic produces both a static and non static version of the site at teh same time, easy to spider etc.

OSC doesnt and although Ive seen spidered and ranked sites they tend to be in few and far between catagory.

lorax




msg:648652
 7:04 pm on Nov 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

>> osCommerce - static version

While it doesn't right out of the box, you could use a template engine like Smarty to generate a static version. But then you could use Smarty to build a completely new cart too. The point is that with any solution, you're most likely to start at some point below where you want to be. The only way to achieve the final solution that fits your needs is to customize what you're working with or build your own.

>> why would you want to pay for a shopping cart?

Because sometimes (but by no mean always) a commercial version will get you much closer to the end goal. No matter what route you think you would like to go, it pays to do the research and demo the software. Better to spend a few hours and learn it doesn't work like you expected than to find out down the road after you've committed. And equally important is to learn just how difficult it is to modify and what sort of support is avaialble. Open source versions usually have a community of folks willing to help - but they aren't obligated to make an effort to help either.

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