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But I am now looking for a solution for a medium sized site, about 2000 skus.
I am looking for something decent but won't cost the same as a marketlive.
Needs to be SEO friendly and handle coupons.
Thanks so much
we are running that on one of our ecommerce sites.
it is a very good start, but be prepared to put some coding time into it - and not a junior programmer, but rather an advanced or a pro's time. It's got many unfinished ends, and it is really slow out of the box.
I somewhat agree that php/opensource solutions are currently better for a start-up site. But as you grow bigger and need integration with other systems, you'd still have to spend $$$ on both ends. Plus, open-source needs to be patched, less known tools have less chance of being exploited (just by virtue of less people using it so fewer "hackers" are interested).
You might be best off getting a consultant who has already mastered the learning curve involved.
That's actually good advice for any off the shelf program. Hire someone to train you in the use of the program and you'll avoid all the potential pitfalls of trying to figure it out yourself at the expense of the consumer.