I have looked at all of them. Heck, then I saw 1Merchant and just said 'Stop the Madness!' My head? Hurting. I call on the WF (esp WR members) to save me and help me spend more money (wisely).
Here are the fact and data that applies to my needs, broken into 'site 1' and 'site 2'
-All of them are 'the same' in terms of price to me over time; but I'd rather take my wife to dinner than pay more just 'because'.
-I don't like to code. I can do a little html, make minor changes to CSS, and am happy to outsource 1-time events; but not day-to-day operations.
-I would rather not have central admin of each site; and even if it was offered will setup a different install/login for each site.
-On each site they are buying a single product.
-Sites are already up, designed, and awaiting this new functionality.
-All sites run on linux boxes with nearly any server 'thingy' allowed.
-I hate scripts that drag the speed of my sites down. I don't like WP just on principle due to all the database use. I love to see clean pages. Most of my pages are either xhtml/css or php. Anything that runs much slower than another solution I'd like to know about (and then eliminate unless it is the only one that works for me).
Things I need for site 1:
-Affiliate Friendly (know they'll get paid, easy sign-up, or ???)
-Secure Digital Downloads that expire (either per timer or X uses)
-Payment happens (visually) on my site... no 'paypal' pages.
-Automatic email to clients.
-Automatic payments to affiliates.
-Paypal, CC payment choices.
-conversion tracking tool friendly
-All client seen pages can be customized.
Things I like, but can live without on site 1:
-Google checkout, other payment processor options
-coupon codes, other affiliate tools.
Things I need for site 2:
-Ditto needs of site 1.
-A way for client entered data to be used in to fill in documents (think parsing or a 'mail merge') that only they can access (via link, members area or otherwise), after payment is complete. These should stay available to them for a period of months if not years (and them ONLY... there must be some kind of password or something generated that protects them; not just an 'obscure' link, and if done via a member login in no member should be able to even know any other members (or their files) exist).
((I understand this might not be able to be done by these scripts, but such a function must be possible on the site, so any script purchased must play 'nice' with such / passing data etc.))
I hope that clear info about the which works for these needs, and open conversation about them, will help others save the pain I had in reviewing all and still feeling like I didn't know if one was wiser than the other, or why.
I know folks on the WF use all these options, and I know they all work. What I'm hoping to learn is that for a current site, with no cart or aff function present, which will serve my needs best in adding those functions.
Thanking you in advance,
Please Note: I'll be sending some 'beverage' funds to a select group of you reading and responding... the WF is very helpful and I appreciate the time put in to thoughtful replies. (So don't be afraid if I PM you for your paypal email addy : )