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Here's my take on the issue, although I don't have any firm evidence. I don't think there is actually mistrust with PayPal, but instead confusion as to how PayPal works. Most people don't want to give their credit card number to a company for them to store (although they don't realize this is partially what you're doing with any other company). People may ...


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You're going to get abandoned shopping carts nomatter what you do, but the best option is generally the one that fully integrates into your webpage. You can still use PayPal's API with a roll-your-own (no experience with Amazon and Google as they don't offer services in my part of the world), so you can have the best of both worlds. I doubt there's been ...


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OpenCart is opensource & free.


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Terms of Service, and all copy like it, is the responsibility of the customer unless otherwise specified in a contract. Your job is to build them a shopping cart and ecommerce website, not to be their business decision maker and copyrighter. As far as shopping carts go, keep the following in mind (if anyone has more ideas please feel free to add to this ...


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Check out some general marketing data on what people do and don't like to give when purchasing online here. As for my own opinion I think Paypal can deter some purchasers and the % seems to go up as the dollar value of the items go up. I think no matter what site you are and what payment method you use, people leave online shopping carts all the time. It ...


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You can create a product with options in PayPal which is easy to use and setup. You just copy and paste their code onto your website and visitors can select the product and colours and add it to their cart. I would go with PayPal over Google Checkout she'll get many more orders with PayPal since more people use it. http://www.mals-e.com/ is another free ...


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They use cookies to identify the user, and will link this to their database in order to know what is in their cart. This can be demonstrated by how having items in your cart will not transfer between different browsers (which do not share cookies), and also how if you clear your cookies (specifically one they set called session_id), then your basket will be ...


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OSCommerce is free and it uses PHP. I am not sure if it tracks inventory but it should. Since it is open source you can easily mod it. It does allow for easy purchase integration as well. The big downside is that it is older and bulky.


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I don't think it's a good idea to send them to Amazon as they might find a cheaper merchant or even an item with better comments. Using PayPal for payment and a cart that integrates fully into your website should be preferable in my eyes.


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You can use paypal subscriptions for this easily. Paypal website payments standard supports this, allowing you to accept visa, mc, paypal, amex as payment methods for your subscribers. You cannot create a stored button for this, becuse the stored buttons are encrypted with a set amount or subscription profile. You create a standard button. Your application ...


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Every bank that offers iDeal, sells it together with a certain level of service. These packages can differ in price, support level, etc. Most cheaper packages do not provide direct feedback, so your web application cannot immediately 'know' if the payment succeeded or not. I'm not going to compare the different packages for you, because I'm sure you can do ...


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RevenueExpect ($50/month) claims to offer shopping cart abandonment emails via MailChimp with a five-minute setup time. (Haven't used it myself.) If you'd prefer not to pay a monthly fee for the service, it wouldn't be too tricky to build a cart abandonment solution yourself. For example, using the MailChimp API: Add the email address of any logged in ...


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The application Gallery2 is FOSS and allows for this: http://codex.gallery2.org/Gallery2:Modules:checkout I have not tried Gallery 3 but Gallery 2 will let you pay with PayPal, Google Checkout and other ways.


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Opencart.com should work well for you. All those are configs you can set. The only issue you will have is the attached csv file. That would probably be something you would need coded.


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Oh, I see now. It's an option within (actually, right near the end) the process of creating your Add to Cart button.


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I have coded in wp ecommerce for about 13 months now. I have one of my plugins in Gold Cart and it is soon to be in the core. As far as I know, wp ecommerce is not capable of allowing user submitted products. I don't know of any plugins that do this either. Although - if anyone would have them it would be visser.com.au In short, You would need to code a ...


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I am aware of many performance-related issues with Magento, and considering you have 200,000 products I think it is a certainty you would experience them too. I have played around with OpenCart and, on first impressions, I wouldn't expect it to be fit for purpose for what you want to do. Have you considered writing your own or employing a developer(s) to ...


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You should look at the Akeeba products (of AkeebaBackup fame). They include AkeebaSubscriptions (for Subscriber Access) and Akeeba Release System (for managed downloads) we use them on several sites for clients and our product websites. They are free, well documented and after reading easy to setup.


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Setup custom goal paths. Since your URL's are static it's easy to create two goal sets one for authenticated users another for guests then create custom reports to get total conversions. Here are the instructions from Google. How to Setup Goals in Google Analytics


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I would start with an existing platform like OpenCart or any other open source framework and THEN customize it to meet your needs. Definitely no reason to do all of the hardwork that's already been done, but definitely worth customizing the remaining items on your to-do list.


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You don't want to redirect them - that will probably break your site's functionality. There are various means of managing parameters for SEO purposes; since you mention Google Webmaster Tools, you may wish to look at their parameter management tool. In brief, you can instruct Google how to handle different parameters on your site, e.g., index them, index a ...


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If you're OK with learning a new system and potentially hiring a developer for custom functionality, try out Magento. In my opinion, it's the best around. It's default import/export functionality isn't that great, but can do most everything you're looking for. Instead of using the built-in functionality try Magmi with Magento. It will load thousands of ...


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CS-Cart community edition is free open source php with smarty templates it's great, I use it as well as their pro version and meets all your needs. http://www.cs-cart.com


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I'm really liking Shopify. Although I've not actually used them, I've looked into their site quite a bit. If you have over a thousand items, you might want to hire a hand to help you. If it's all jewelry items, you're lucky. Taking pictures with a DSLR of small items such as jewelry becomes a cinch when you set up a small studio (white or dark backdrop, a ...


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I guess almost any shopping-cart system will do. It should be quite trivial to skip the payment step in the process. Removing functionality is usually easier than adding.


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Often sites require an email address to be verified. Sometimes they let you use the site without that step been completed, maybe not letting you do everything that a verified user would. I don't remember seeing a site that requires the verification step before letting you check out. What would be more sensible is if they took the order but didn't ship until ...


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I have developed, modified and replaced a host of zc and oscommerce websites in time. I would wholehartedly recommend moving the Magento. The community edition is feature packed and widely used. It is by no means 'perfect' but is continuously improving and was most recently acquired by eBay. The major issues for ecommerce sites are related to navigation ...


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See this integration guide on PayPal's site: https://www.x.com/developers/paypal/documentation-tools/paypal-payments-standard/integration-guide/formbasics#id08A6F0Q0QY4 This gives information on how to modify the form markup for the HTML buttons to allow different types including different cart functions (Add/Display/Upload). This will only apply if you ...


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Check out PrestaShop, it's also an opensource and free e-commerce solution. Can't really point advantages/disadvantages though, as I've got no basis for comparison.


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It might help if you provide more information about the specifications for the client. Do they already have an existing website and what does their stack look like? Are they having to synchronize inventory for brick and mortar sales through quickbooks? Are they selling a digital product? Are they selling configurable product or products with a lot of ...



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