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eCommerce for requests instead of purchases

8:05 am on Nov 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am looking to find the right eCommerce platform that can support requests for quotes and estimates of items they are looking to sell.

The user is provided with visual options (product, condition, etc...) which leads them to a final page which recognizes the previous selections for the request, where they input the rest of the information.

Id like to be able to receive these requests with the details for quotes and respond to them from the back-end of the platform.

6:28 pm on Nov 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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There's a 3rd party extension for OpenCart that seems to do what you're asking for. OpenCart itself is open source. The extension is $40, and is called "Multi Product RFQ". You should be able to google for "OpenCart Multiproduct RFQ".

I haven't used the extension myself, but I did try their demo site, and it seems to do what you are asking for.
9:34 pm on Nov 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks I will check it out, any other suggestions that might support the use of a drill down format,

for example: the user is guided by visually selecting a product, then a brand, and moves onto further details. Selections are added to the shopping cart (invisible to the user) and products are used to reference selections.
8:12 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I was told from someone that I should try to utilize a ticket system opposed to eCommerce since I am focused on taking in requests.

I do not have experience with a ticket system, Id like to know if I would be able to create a custom submission based form which displays options for users making submissions by clicking pictures as visual options for their request.

Which platforms might be most efficient for something like this?
9:42 am on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Not quite the same but I needed to take advertising copy for a print magazine. Everything within our budget was geared to mailing physical product in the other direction.

After some consideration it turned out that I could hand code some fairly simple javascript to capture the details and calculate the price out of 24 possible combinations before calling an off the shelf emailer to send us the artwork.