dickbaker - 5:14 am on Oct 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've been doing ecommerce on a modest scale for six years. I finally launched a much bigger site (6000 sku's) developed using Magento.
Magento is much more complicated than what I'm accustomed to. Fortunately I've had the assistance of a friend who knows Magento inside and out.
The site looks good and functions well.
My products range from a couple of dollars to a couple thousand dollars. There's no way I could afford to stock that.
Everything is drop-shipped. I'm even able to download the daily inventory from my distributor and update quantities in Magento (thanks to a program my friend created). The distributor puts a packing slip in the boxes with my company name on it. I'm able to compete with some of the biggest names in my niche, in terms of price, service and selection.
The hardest thing is getting known. Even though I've been doing this for six years, starting a new site means starting over almost unknown.
I would caution you if you're going to have someone build your site to research them carefully. I paid $8000 to have my site built. The developers promised the world. When they got that last of four installment payments, they put my site on the back burner. I had to have my friend do a lot of work, and I had to figure out a lot myself. When I started getting into the guts of Magento, I realized that the developers just put a nice design on a standard Magento framework. They didn't even test the site. When I did, I had to make some repairs in CSS and other areas. I should take them to court.
I don't know if the above is of any use to you.