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Alternatives to Amazon

I am trying to avoid shopping at amazon.com because of the company's predatory business model. What are the best online alternatives for each product category? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 22, 2013 - 33 answers

Promoting E-Commerce Sites

Which channels of advertisement do you use to promote your e-commerce business? Also, what is the percentage of your advertisement budget divided by your annual turnover? Some candidates that I can think of: Free subway papers, flyer distribution in the street, regular daily newspapers, radio ads, tv commercials, google ads, google products, bing shopping, facebook ads, twitter promoted ads, backlinks in other websites, SEO to raise in organic search results, word of mouth from satisfied customers. If you use several vectors of advertisement, most of which I tried to list above, do you think they are the optimum combination? Thank You!
posted by raphael19 on Sep 9, 2012 - 5 answers

How to set up a new e-commerce business so that it succeeds.

Can I make a decent living by setting up an e-commerce business? And what are the critical success factors I should look out for? [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Please help me find the ideal off-the-shelf e-commerce template for an online store project.

Please help me find the ideal off-the-shelf e-commerce template for an online store project. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Dec 12, 2011 - 4 answers

I'm looking to build an online store and would like to know how to handle the credit card transactions, from a developers point of view.

I'm looking to build an online store and would like to know how to handle the credit card transactions, from a developers point of view. [more inside]
posted by Like its 1997 on Jan 3, 2011 - 27 answers

How large does a virtual used bookstore need to be?

How large a stock of used books would one need in order to make a lower-middle class living selling them primarily on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 22, 2010 - 30 answers

How can I offer instant document download - for a fee?

Sell documents on line for instant download - how can I do this? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 on Jul 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Well-liked and user friendly e-commerce web hosting site?

Well-liked and user friendly e-commerce web hosting site? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Jun 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Costs for PA-DSS Certification

PA-DSS Credit Card Certification, how much does it cost? I'm one of the core developers for Satchmo, an open source e-commerce toolkit. It looks like we need to be PA-DSS certified by next summer, but the costs are quite vague. [more inside]
posted by Invoke on Dec 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house?

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house? [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning on Oct 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Make Wiki do Retail

How could a wiki be used by a small retail business selling tangible products? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

The best of the best

If money was no obstacle, what complete eCommerce solution would you deploy for a medium to large online company? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Jul 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Need a SUPER simple online shopping cart.

Looking for a very simple cart solution for a very simple business. [more inside]
posted by bink on Sep 4, 2008 - 2 answers

What do I need to know to my high end retail sales site off the ground?

What are the best books/sites for learning the necessary web design and dev tools for an e-commerce site? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Who did Office Depot go to set up an online storefront?

I've been tasked with finding an e-commerce consulting company to help guide us (we are a wing of a fortune 500 company) through the entire e-commerce process. Not so much creating it necessarily, but more guidance/consulting. My google-fu is yielding all fluff. Ideally, looking for "Company X helped Barnes & Noble switch to an online storefront" type of info, so I can back up any suggestions I might be able to make.
posted by cha4 on May 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Ecommerce software with integrated configurable (granular to the minute) release schedule for products?

I am having trouble finding a e-commerce software that releases products at specific times of day (I am looking to get as granular as down to the minute). Anyone know of an ecommerce system that has such a queuing/scheduling system? We'd prefer to buy than build it ourselves! [more inside]
posted by imbecile000 on Apr 10, 2008 - 2 answers

Open Source Shopping Cart

Simple e-commerce solutions. I have a fully built site, with individual webpages pointing to specific product items. I simply want to add a backend shopping cart functionality that resides on the server, without relying on PayPal. Whats the best opensource solution that allows me to pass a variable (ie, add a "Buy This" button to already-designed pages) to a shopping cart php function (inventory isn't necessary at this point) and allowing checkout/payment? [more inside]
posted by pinto on Apr 8, 2008 - 7 answers

What shopping cart software should I set up?

Best starting point for e-commerce / shopping cart software? I'm a competent Perl programmer with background in several other languages, who wants to create a decidedly minimalist-looking web site shopping cart for a client. I expect to hack Perl or PHP code, but would like to hack things that are designed to be hacked. Anyone tried CRE Loaded? Other recommendations? Other places to ask? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Mar 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Would you like VAT with that?

Is VAT calculated based on the billing or shipping address of an EU customer? [more inside]
posted by subpixel on Mar 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking to add online sales to my site.

I built a website for my business. I want to sell things from my website! My hosting has a CGI-BIN directory and will run scripts etc. What do I need to know to add a shopping cart function and sell goods? What e-commerce software would be easy to use and integrate into my site? Payment doesn't need to be automated, but I would like to be able to securely take credit card numbers for processing later, if possible. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Mar 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Should I pursue an e-commerce patent?

I'm developing an e-commerce project with business processes that are truly unique and might be patentable. I understand there is serious debate about the benefit and/or validity of many patents in this field, but I think my idea stands up to the bullshit test, and I don't think protecting it would be anti-competitive.

So, should I launch and go about protecting the invention later, or should I hire a patent attorney right away? I've searched the patent databases myself and found nothing remotely similar. But I'm not an expert.
posted by subpixel on Dec 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Advice for someone wanting to build an e-commerce site... ?

I've built plenty of websites. I've never built an e-commerce website. I generally use Dreamhost as a host and Expression Engine as a CMS. What's my next step for building an e-commerce site for a new client? Resources? Recommendations? etc. I'm in Canada if that makes a diff; products will ship world-wide.
posted by dobbs on Nov 7, 2007 - 4 answers

How much would YOU pay for Microsuck.com?

I'm thinking of putting my once-great anti-Microsoft advocacy website up for sale. But should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Sep 13, 2007 - 21 answers

Can we purchase an online auction solution to meet our needs or do we need a programmer?

Are there any good online auction solutions out there or should we hire a programmer? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Jul 9, 2007 - 3 answers

Help with ZenCart Basics

ZenCart Basics: The AskMe archives provide great information about e-commerce solutions. Based on previous suggestions, I've decided to go with ZenCart for my first project. But I need some help with the basics. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Oct 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Am I making this up? Does this exist?

I had a friend once who became a member of some sort of organization not unlike Avon, but with housewares/knick knacks? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Oct 15, 2006 - 21 answers

list your fav shopping sites!

Please list your favorite online shopping sites, from a design, user experience, and functionality perspective. [more inside]
posted by bradn on Sep 11, 2006 - 11 answers

Best places to buy CDs online?

I'm looking for good online CD shops. [more inside]
posted by davebush on May 8, 2006 - 9 answers

How to create rotating online flash product display?

Flash Template & Info for creating 360 rotating products? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut on Apr 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Need a non-sucky merchant account.

Any recommendations for a quality e-commerce merchant account services provider? [more inside]
posted by spilon on Mar 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Crime, Web 2.0 Style

ShadyDealingsFilter: Since I've read some how-to's on cyberstalking and murder and such here lately, I have a hypothetical question about criminal fund-raising... [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Mar 26, 2006 - 19 answers

Promotion ideas & advise for online business.

Has anybody had any success making good business out of an online business such as CafePress? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead on Dec 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Too good to be true?

Is Comp-U-plus.com legit? If so, why do other companies still exist? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Oct 27, 2005 - 12 answers

Taxation Around the Nation

Does a company like 37Signals / Basecamp have to charge its users for sales tax? Looking at Basecamp, they charge different monthly rates for associated tiers of service. I would imagine they have customers from all over the States, as well as different countries. Are they required to apply sales tax to these monthly rates based on the customers geographic location. Or, because they are an e-commerce entity, and aren't really selling anything tangible, do they simply charge the flat rate and ignore sales tax?

More pointedly, I am wondering how complex tax collection / reporting is for a U.S. based e-commerce business of this sort.
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 21, 2005 - 6 answers

super simple shopping cart

Looking for a super-simple, minimalist shopping cart that can handle electronic delivery and integrate with PayPal for payments. [more inside]
posted by spilon on Aug 29, 2005 - 7 answers

Tips on building a e-commerce site?

Tips on building an e-commerce site? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Jul 11, 2005 - 5 answers

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Increasingly many e-commerce sites and ebay vendors seem to be using paypal as the outfit that also handles their ordinary credit-card (i.e. non-paypal-account) purchases. This doesn't work, and blows the transaction. How can I evade this yet-another-paypal-gotcha? [more inside]
posted by jfuller on Jun 6, 2005 - 25 answers

Micro payments online - can they be profitable?

Micro payments online - can they be profitable? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Apr 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Buying adult DVDs online

Can anyone recommend a good online retailer for adult DVDs? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 6, 2005 - 17 answers

How to explain e-commerce to e-ignorants?

I need to explain how e-commerce is different from plain old commerce to business people with no e-background. What are your favorite resources (online or offline) for e-commerce information? I'm thinking of things like business basics, basic e-commerce concepts, shipping, digital photography -- essentially anything related to e-commerce from the business user level point of view. The hidden gems or the quality perspectives. Tutorials, books, online demos, graphics, statistics, whitepapers, or any other information suitable for an introductory-level audience.
posted by gleuschk on Mar 1, 2005 - 5 answers

explain to me all of the steps involved in e-commerce?

Can someone explain to me all of the steps involved in e-commerce? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Dec 11, 2003 - 12 answers

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