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I believe the easiest would be to use something like Yahoo (http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/ecommerce). Though, depending on presence you want to give to your customers, this may not be the best solution in the long run. It will give you a cost effective solution to try selling your products on the Internet. If it goes well, then you may want to start your own website with a storefront add-on. Many web hosters allows you to install a product like osCommerce for free. But, when you go on your own like this, you will need to setup Merchant Services, engage a credit card processing company, etc. Your business banking rep will have more information on these services.1 of 1 people found this helpful
Thanks NetworkGuru. I am going to price out the options between using another hosted company's merchant card processing and ordering this service directly.
NEVER use another merchant's credit card processing account. Strictly against V/MC regulation,
illegal in many states, will get both you and owner of the merchant account in grave difficulty.
If you need a merchant account, apply for your own.
Shopify looks to be a good option. It's nice that the technology has advanced to a point where the process is relatively easy. Thanks!
Depending how savy you are on using templates, I have found two sites the have different levels on online storefront support. one is godaddy.com and the other is prostores. Both are economical. In fact I am using godaddy for my main website information and linking prostores for my shopping cart functions.
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how big do you excpect your company to grow is the question...if you just want to stay small then just get a basic website with paypal....if you want to get really big then get a nice custom website with merchant services from someone like bank of america
Pretty good advise from CEO. But, even though we sell merchant account services, we readily admit
Paypal is an excellent place for one to get started and off the ground. It certainy isn't a permanent solution,
nor a solution to provide dramatic growth, but until you 'get the bugs out' and establish some semblence of a following providing sufficient revenue to justify the costs of gateways, shopping carts, and all the aspects of
a real payment processing system, take it easy the first couple of months with Paypal. In other words, learn to walk before you run.
Bank of America a good place to get a merchant account. But far from the most cost effective and not necessarily the best, depending on where you are located, what you sell, how you sell it, and tons of other variables. No such thing as a 'one size fits all' processing solution or provider.
We sell online with three retail venues: our own custom website, Ebay and Amazon.
Keep in mind that selling is always a numbers game. First you have to get people to see your merchandise - wherever that is. Of the millions of people surfing the net only a very, very small fraction will become aware of you. Of the ones that notice you only a portion will actually go to look at your merchandise. Of the ones that look only a fraction will actually buy something.
The biggest myth on the internet is "If you build it, they will buy." It's not true - no matter where you showcase your merchandise.
Start by defining your goals and be really specific. Once you konw what you want then you can investigate different options systematically to see what role they can play in helping you meet your goals.
Also look at what other merchants that sell similar items are doing. Learn as much as you can from them.
First I think it is important to establish your website, then immediatley after that open Ebay, Amazon and other accounts.
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I think your best solution is to: Ditch Yahoo Merchant solutions. Go with your own Stand-alone shopping cart system that can handle multiple products and payment processing solutions. If you're planning on selling your stuff on E-Bay, I have a solution that might work perfectly for you.
I can totally Customize your shopping cart for you using Zen Cart which is an Open Source Shopping Cart (Open source means it's fee).
I can add a module for you that will help you syndicate any of your products to your E-Bay store.
What does this mean to you? If you decide to use E-Bay, Imagine being able to upload your products to your stand-alone shopping cart and syndicate which product you want on E-Bay, without having to go over to E-Bay and enter all the information manually. This would solve the headaches of having to keep up two shopping carts.
Syndicate as little as 1 or all 15 products to E-bay and have all your customers check out through your web site, rather than E-BAY...
The shopping Cart handles, Pay Pal, Authorize.net, LinkPoint and many other payment processing solutions.
we provide a ecommerce CMS support for our clients.our website demo is in live check http://demo.velsom.com this is how your website front store will be displayed.we can customise according to your requirement.you can add more products in future also. visit http://www.velsom.com to get more details about ecommerce online storefront.
These are the solutions I recommend to my clients:
Easiest to implement
Magento (free open source, big learning curve though)
Enterprise level (without the enterprise cost)
Any designer/developer you go with should be familiar with all of these e-commerce solutions. Don't let them nickel and dime you for stuff they didn't even build. Imo, go with the designer that seems most transparent and honest.
Can't tell you much about Yahoo and Ebay type stores but can tell you when we started out we looked to build our own retail site using Monster's shopping cart and hated it. Very difficult for us to work with (we're not "techies"). Switched to Volusion, set up and then customized one of their templates, launched and have been extremely happy with them ever since (we've been open about 18 months now). Thrilled with their SEO features and overall service. Hope this is helpful. Good luck!
Doesn't ebay allow you to sell on their site as well as your own?
You could start with that then examine options mainly your own website and store.
Having your own website would give you more control in the sense of being able to expand or modify it considerably if need be.
Further you would get the advertisement revenues, whereas if you were selling from someone else's store it would mean sharing the revenue, which normally favors the store owner.
Of course running a website is a major exercise.
You might want to think about taking a look at this website. We offer a Multi Currency Pricing solution which would allow you to sell your products in 17 different currencies and in 36 different countries! The transactions settle in Cardholders Preferred Currency while your side of the transaction settles in US dollars in the same manner and time frame as your Domestic transactions!
I hope this could be of some help!
If you're just getting started, I would suggest starting simple and going with a Yahoo! Store account. It's a well-established service that's reasonably priced, and will let you make your first foray into ecommerce without having to deal with the complications that come with running your own site and checkout service.
This will free up your time to focus on more important matters, such as learning about your customers, who they are and why they would want your products. You can always invest in a custom ecommerce site that better suits your clients once you've established a modest customer base and feel comfortable that your business can operate profitably.
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I have done this very thing with Yahoo with great success. Any time in the ecommerce journey you can switch vendors and storefront platforms. Yahoo is a great place to start because you can learn a ton of good long term strategies. If you only have 15 products, you might want to think about expanding your line by adding more. Remember Yahoo will not let you do any type of affilitate marketing that takes the customer off of your store. This is against their terms of service and is something to thing about for the long term.
1. Yahoo Store- Its $40.00 a month (basic, more for unlimited) and transaction fees at about 1.5% or more depending on plan. The provide you the payment gateway and everything which can be worth it if you want more professional. I believe they offer paypal service and all other payments. Also they provide you with sitebuilder so you can add your buttons and cart system.
2. Paypal is good to have, its popular if you are thinking of step 3 which is ebay and they also provide carts. There is also google checkout.
3. Sell on ebay can be good because the web traffic is there for you, its tough marketing something new like a new site because you have to get listed and build recommendations.
4 and 5 can be difficult if you aren't a web developer. Like I said its hard to build from scratch to even though the website is finished marketing is the hardest part.
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I have about 15 products to sell, and I wanted to know what the preferred options are. I know I have several choices:
- Open a Yahoo store account
- Set up a paypal account
- Sell it on eBay
- Find a store provider
- Get a special hosting packing with a store option