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Have they changed pricing lately? I know they changed it several months back, and also just recently added some merchant solutions that you can upgrade to.
I hope there hasn't been any price changes I don't know about. If you know of anything, please post it.
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.
[edited by: Travoli at 1:01 pm (utc) on Oct. 22, 2003]
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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.