SPUG: Wanted: eCommerce service recommendations

Michael R. Wolf MichaelRWolf at att.net
Fri Jan 25 11:35:11 PST 2008

I said I'd summarize my results back to the SPUG list...

I got one response pointing me WebStore by Amazon
http://www.amazonservices.com/webstore/, from a non-user who merely knew of
its existence.

I knew that Amazon scaled *up* to the biggies like Target, but I didn't know
it scaled *down* to such a small size.  The biggest down side for the
service is that they charge 7% right off the top for everything sold, a
bigger chunk than my friend is paying now.  The up side is that WebStore is
so feature rich.  He's currently deciding if the extra services are worth
the extra cost.  It's a classic tradeoff (time-for-money or
quality-for-money) business decision.

He also did some research, and is evaluating "LightSpeed 2", a point-of-sale
program he recently saw at MacWorld.  It's got a client/server architecture
that allows his Mac to act as the POS terminal, communicating with a web
module for the store parts.

Michael R. Wolf
    All mammals learn by playing!
        MichaelRWolf at att.net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: spug-list-bounces+michaelrwolf=att.net at pm.org [mailto:spug-list-
> bounces+michaelrwolf=att.net at pm.org] On Behalf Of Michael R. Wolf
> Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 5:41 PM
> To: spug-list at pm.org
> Subject: SPUG: Wanted: eCommerce service recommendations
> I'd like to get recommendations to eCommerce sites for a friend who owns a
> small (3-person) warehouse and delivery business.
> A URL and a short one- or two-line description of your experience would be
> fine.  I'll do the detailed research, and summarize back to the list if
> folks are interested.
> The new site should be a "custom config", not an expensive "custom dev"
> job.
> Here's a quick overview of requirements:
> - shopping cart + online payments
> - integration to MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) for
>    - data upload (price, description, availability, picture, tags)
>    - invoices
>    - packing lists
>  - site search
>  - email newsletter management (and archive?)
>  - B2C blogs
>  - CMS/site-builder for articles, links, pictures, "customization"
> --
> Michael R. Wolf
>     All mammals learn by playing!
>         MichaelRWolf at att.net
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