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[nycphp-talk] Two part question: Shopping carts & E-commerce

Gary Mort bz-gmort at beezifies.com
Tue Aug 28 11:11:04 EDT 2007


Ajai Khattri wrote:
> Or even Google Checkout.
>
>   

I'm not thrilled with Google checkout since it requires you to have your 
customer setup a Google account(I think Amazon requires an amazon 
account, but the process just appears more streamlined and felt like 
setting up a shipping/billing subcomponent of the account rather than 2 
accounts).

Ya know, one thing that wasn't mentioned, just what ARE these 10 
products they plan on selling?

Let me explain a bit.

If your selling photo's or photo related items(a poster, postcards, etc) 
- a saner solution could be to use Menalto Gallery and use their built 
in hooks to the various photo printing services.  You define your 
products, the markups, etc in the printer service, and than just setup 
the online digital photos.  You can even have 2 versions of the file on 
your site, one that is publicly viewable and one high quality one the 
photo service will use.

If your selling stuff with emblazoned logo's, tote bags and junk, a lot 
of people use CafePress for that, and you can build your own interface 
into it to the degree you need it(from redirecting to a skinned 
cafepress store, to embedding the iutems inside your site but using 
their checkout, to having your own checkout and than you submit the 
order to cafepress and have it drop shipped to the customer).

If your selling digital content, there is a whole slew of issues to 
think through regarding downloads and such.



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