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You would need to create your own html pages for content and tie them into the shopping cart. You can upload a database (in various formats) to update your products.
I think the one real benefit of Yahoo Stores however, is being part of the search on Yahoo for products, that could be very hard to put a value on. If I were doing ecommerce now (I haven't in over 3 years) I would lean toward Yahoo Stores simply because of the automatic exposure.
Yes, you can upgrade to one of those 3 plans. However, you can stay with the old one if you want. I haven't seen anything that has told me I MUST upgrade.
It is only new stores that must choose one of the 3 new plans. If they ever REQUIRE me to switch to one of the new plans, I will be forced to leave them. I use way too much bandwidth and storage space. My costs would go through the roof.
Have you heard anything about them forcing us to switch?
I haven't so far.
Perhaps if you need to leave Yahoo because of those outrageous prices, this might be an option. I have only briefly looked at the features, but one of them seemed to offer an amazon type experience for the buyer, and the other would calculate shipping costs etc.
A recommended free open source shopping is oscommerce.
I also think Paypal has an ecommerce solution now.
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OSCommerce was previously mentioned and that is what I would switch to.
Kurant also offers some options with it's storesence products I think you will need to find one of their resellers however.
[edited by: Travoli at 5:07 pm (utc) on Oct. 27, 2003]
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For all my e-commerce clients I use PayPal enabled shopping system and code it to my preference, while tailored into a custom website of my design, to give the products justice in representation.
Yahoo Stores and even Ebay Stores are disgusting cookie-cutter money makers in my opinion. Paypal takes relatively small fees in contrast to the others. Way cheaper, very simple, no monthly b.s, and it is a name that people trust, bar none.
Let me know if you want to know how it works.