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Normally e-commerce applications are designed for selling products. But I want to setup a website with an open source e-commerce application to sell services, instead products. Which is the most suitable open source e-commerce application to sell services instead of products?

  • Could you give us an example of a service you might be attempting to sell and how it might be delivered? For example, if your service was mowing lawns in Florida, you'd be better off with a straightforward landing page with contact details. If you're offering hosting services, that might be applicable to a cart/checkout e-commerce format but some popular 'product'-oriented e-commerce solutions feature 'virtual' or 'downloadable' products that could be configured to work accordingly for said services.
    – Anonymous
    Aug 23 '11 at 14:05
  • For example, I want to provide some consultancy services and I want to feature them, as we have products in any standard e-commerce website. Customers will chose which services they want, add them to cart and checkout.
    – Debiprasad
    Aug 31 '11 at 10:09
  • We can customize any good ecommerce application as per the exact need. But I want to know, is there any ecommerce application available for selling services, virtual products or downloadable products?
    – Debiprasad
    Aug 31 '11 at 10:10
  • Magento. (www.magentocommerce.com)
    – Anonymous
    Aug 31 '11 at 10:19

If you don't mind using a hosted solution, then Paypal already has everything that you need to sell services online, including a shopping cart. The fact that they will handle the payment process makes it a very easy solution. Furthermore, users of your service do not need a Paypal account to buy, they can pay with a credit card.

  • At PayPal you can just create PayPal buttons for your shopping cart, but not a shopping cart.
    – Debiprasad
    Aug 31 '11 at 13:00

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