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RachOfTheJungle
« on: May 24, 2004 10:34:00 PM »

So... close...

My friend has a web design company and he made me a beautiful, functioning website free of charge. It is loaded with oodles of my items and examples of my work (I focus on custom mural painting, plus some smaller stuff, I get lots of inspiration for that from the people here at craftster)

Anyway, I have a sizeable stock of stuff, I've researched Ohio's tax laws and legal issues. I've got promotions lined up, and a solid marketing strategy.

One problem. The bill for the server will be $120 a year (not too bad), but to allow people to purchase things, I need a secure server and all this other stuff totaling, with everything, (as I was quoted) at around $650.

Ouch.

I am a college student, so I don't have that money to spare. Any advice on how you guys handle your ecommerce? Does asking for money orders work?Paypal? Anything? I am willing to invest time and effort and money, but I am looking for the cheapest possible route, even if that means less customers. I want my site to function mainly as a portfolio and do custom work, but people still have to pay me somehow. Advice? Thoughts?

Please give me your realistic opinions and experiences to a girl in need. Thanks! I'm so close!


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plainmabel
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2004 08:49:48 AM »

Try the free, secure shopping cart at http://www.mals-e.com.  The cart is hosted on their secure servers, so you don't need your own, and all of the cart functionality is very good and professional.  You can charge people however you like -- credit cards (you'll need a merchant account or a processor like Propay.com for this), PayPal, money orders, checks, etc, using the same cart. If you need something larger scale that includes inventory, database, etc, you can check out some add-ons to Mal's from http://www.cartkeeper.com and http://www.optioncart.com.

Good luck to you!
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RachOfTheJungle
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2004 05:28:33 PM »

Thank you so much!

Hopefully that will change things, I really appreciate your help.

Keep the advice flowing, ladies :-D
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