Shopping Cart Recommendation for physical product

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(I tried searching the WF for shopping cart recommendations, but the threads I found all related to ebooks and drop shipping.)

I need shopping cart software for a physical product that will be shipped from a local business. I need for it to integrate with PayPal. I've looked at 1ShoppingCart, but it's too expensive for my client right now.

Any recommendations for a shopping cart that is fairly simple to use for physical product?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
    Why not use PayPal as your shopping cart? They provide that service.

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  • Profile picture of the author Stephanie Trahd
    Hmmm...I never thought of that.

    Can the buyer make color selections (ideally through a drop-down box) and add multiple items?

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  • Profile picture of the author Korey Carter
    I just have to say that if your client is serious about making money with their website reall what is the expense of $35 a month for a service like 1ShoppingCart?

    My point is if you are going to go through all the work to get customers to your website make sure that your order system will give them every reason possible to complete the transaction. The smoother and less painless the checkout system is the more sales you will make.

    This also brings me to the point that alot of people want to use PayPal standard as the only form of payment on their website to "save money" but don't realize that they are losing customers because not everyone wants to checkout through PayPal. Yes the reality most of the time is they are not saving money they are losing money! That is why a proper shopping cart with a smooth checkout process and then a good choice of payment methods i.e. google checkout, PayPal and Regular Credit Card checkout that buypasses PayPal is necessary.

    It is a small investment to pay for a good checkout process and most likely will come back to your many times over in more conversions because you give it to your customer the way they want it.

    This is especially true with physical products. Take a look at any of the top selling product sites out there and you will see that they offer Google Checkout, PayPal and Regular credit card checkout as options. The reason is they want to capture every sale possible.

    Just my 20 cent.
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    Our Secure Shopping Cart will integrate into any website quickly and easily! We also have a Wordpress plugin to make any Wordpress site a full fledged Ecommerce site.

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  • Profile picture of the author Stephanie Trahd
    Thanks for your thoughtful response! I just checked 1SC again and realized that we can use the $59/month Basic package (I thought we'd have to use the $99/mo package which I know is out of her price range). That should be doable for her - I hope!! I wholeheartedly agree with the philosophy that you 'get what you pay for' - but unfortunately not every client gets that! []

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    • Profile picture of the author Korey Carter
      No problem. As a web developer I am sure you want you client to be successful (we all do). With that in mind it is your responsibility to sell her on that expense. Again it just makes success easier. Check my signature and you will find a great shopping cart solution for less than $59 per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author adi.c
    You try FatFreeCart or FatFreeCart Plugin if your are using wordpress. It is absolutely free. FatFreeCart is a free shopping cart developed by the team behind E-junkie shopping cart. It works inside your website, your blog and will even work from your MySpace page. It is simply a copy-paste cart and does not require you to register with us or install anything. It works with PayPal and Google Checkout. It supports product variations, shipping, handling and sales tax.

    If you need more variations i.e. colors, sizes, prints, etc. then you can try E-junkie. For tangible or physical products you can go for $5 plan, which allows you to add 10 products.
    E-junkieONLY charges a monthly subscription fee; there is no bandwidth cost, no per transaction fee or any other hidden fee.

    You only need to subscribe when your free trial is over.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoldTrack
    My initial thoughts would be PayPal for simplicity or another that has recently been brought to my attention is Plimus (no monthly charges but commission is higher for lower priced products - typically 4.5% up to 15%) - the website is at plimus.com - I have just signed up myself to give it a bash - I also use PayPal but I need affiliate tracking as well which I believe Plimus does out of the box - well I am trialling it anyway to see what it is like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephanie Trahd
    Thanks everyone - I appreciate all of your responses!
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    If I were youI would Look at Mals Free ecommerce solution. I use it for my offline clients and has been working great for years.

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  • Profile picture of the author AgencyScripts
    If your using Kunaki, Find Joe Lavery and his CartFreak.

    Kick.Ass.100%
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    • Profile picture of the author radhika
      Have you tried Oscommerce?

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        • Profile picture of the author Tracey_Meagher
          Originally Posted by flimsy View Post

          Sorry but I personally believe that Oscommerce is just crap and does not belong in the same category as Magento Development.
          Magento is a good solution for a bigger store with a large inventory but for a single product or small store, Prestashop is an excellent lightweight solution. I have used both Magento and Prestashop and found the latter far more intuitive. It seems to also be a lot more search engine friendly than Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author morrison858
    I currently use shopping cart elite. Check its features www dat shoppingcartelite dat com
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  • Profile picture of the author rms1
    I absolutely love weebly.com My site made Google page one in weeks and the whole system is easy as pie.
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    • Profile picture of the author brighti
      Take a look at Prestashop or Opencart. Both open source and very impressive
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  • Profile picture of the author eiilers
    I am a big fan of cubecart and have been using it for years. The free version would be fine for what you are trying to do and can run right on your server/web host.
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    • Profile picture of the author roy23
      I would recommend looking at Shopping Cart Elite regarding that concern. this is pre-built, you could also try their trial version.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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        I run a number of e-commerce stores and have tried a whole bunch of them. What you use kinda depends on what you're going to sell and how much hassle you want to deal with.

        Paypal, 1ShoppingCart, & Mals all can work fine. Keep in mind though that it's just the button/checkout. You then have to integrate it into your website. In my opinion, it can be done easy enough but I think it's a huge pain personally. So you create a page using your content manager, format the pictures, display the price, and then insert the code for the shopping cart button. When you want to change something, you need to update your HTML page and then reupload the page. If you want to update the price, you need to update your shopping cart software and your HTML page.

        It might not sound like a huge deal, but when you compare it to actual shopping carts, it's a huge pain.

        Yahoo Stores is a good solution, the only problem is the % they take from each sale and the fact that they use RTML which makes it impossible to play around with the code without a programmer. But, it's all hosted/web based so if you want to add a product, it can be done from any computer and literally takes 1 minute.

        My personal favorite option is Shopsite with Lexiconn hosting. To make a really slick looking site, all you need to do is get a template created for you. That would probably cost $150-$250. You get the homepage, the category page, and the product page. Then you take that to a shopsite designer who then inserts the necessary Shopsite tags into the template and uploads it.

        So the end result is a web/based shopping cart where everything is controlled from the main control panel. I used to use more of a 1shoppingcart solution on a particular site and Shopsite was a breath of fresh air. I could create a page and add 20 products to it in a few mnutes.

        That's my take. I'm a HUGE fan of shopsite just because I like to control the entire site from one location.
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        • Profile picture of the author Stephanie Trahd
          Wow Dave - thanks for the really well thought out and comprehensive reply! This thread is actually over a year old but your answer is really going to help me going forward. So thank you!!!

          ...Stephanie

          Originally Posted by Dave Rodman View Post

          I run a number of e-commerce stores and have tried a whole bunch of them. What you use kinda depends on what you're going to sell and how much hassle you want to deal with.

          Paypal, 1ShoppingCart, & Mals all can work fine. Keep in mind though that it's just the button/checkout. You then have to integrate it into your website. In my opinion, it can be done easy enough but I think it's a huge pain personally. So you create a page using your content manager, format the pictures, display the price, and then insert the code for the shopping cart button. When you want to change something, you need to update your HTML page and then reupload the page. If you want to update the price, you need to update your shopping cart software and your HTML page.

          It might not sound like a huge deal, but when you compare it to actual shopping carts, it's a huge pain.

          Yahoo Stores is a good solution, the only problem is the % they take from each sale and the fact that they use RTML which makes it impossible to play around with the code without a programmer. But, it's all hosted/web based so if you want to add a product, it can be done from any computer and literally takes 1 minute.

          My personal favorite option is Shopsite with Lexiconn hosting. To make a really slick looking site, all you need to do is get a template created for you. That would probably cost $150-$250. You get the homepage, the category page, and the product page. Then you take that to a shopsite designer who then inserts the necessary Shopsite tags into the template and uploads it.

          So the end result is a web/based shopping cart where everything is controlled from the main control panel. I used to use more of a 1shoppingcart solution on a particular site and Shopsite was a breath of fresh air. I could create a page and add 20 products to it in a few mnutes.

          That's my take. I'm a HUGE fan of shopsite just because I like to control the entire site from one location.
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