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 -
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?
posted by raphael19
on Sep 9, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
How could a wiki be used by a small retail business selling tangible products? [more inside]
posted by webhund
on Sep 28, 2009 -
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 -
Looking for a very simple cart solution for a very simple business. [more inside]
posted by bink
on Sep 4, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Please list your favorite online shopping sites, from a design, user experience, and functionality perspective. [more inside]
posted by bradn
on Sep 11, 2006 -
Any recommendations for a quality e-commerce merchant account services provider? [more inside]
posted by spilon
on Mar 27, 2006 -
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 -
Does a company like 37Signals
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Can someone explain to me all of the steps involved in e-commerce? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by hijinx
on Dec 11, 2003 -