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    Need some web shop advice

    Hi ive developed some serious contacts in the last 2 weeks with an importer of discount line and wholesale goods. To be honest, i work for them but its only been a few weeks.

    I proposed to the manager, if i would be allowed to purchase these goods. They are very cheap and i believe i can get a profit margin of about 30% after all overheads.

    Anyway the manager saw this as a good opportunity as they would also be selling more as my buying of those products would also make me a regular customer. They are a fairly new business since 2006 so they were happy to accept my offer.

    Now with me being so busy. I work two jobs too. I am hoping to leave the other one i do and set this up like a side business for the time being. Although i want it to be an online shop.

    Is anyone good with web shopping sites and can anyone reccomend me a company that can help. I am after payment methods, such as google checkout, paypal, credit and debit cards too.

    I appreciate your help in advance

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    depends what kind of money you want to spend

    Original Poster

    I have seen a site called teclan and looked at something called actinic

    Although as its just starting off, i wouldnt be looking more then £100 at the moment for a site

    it will be extremely hard to find something for £100, actinic cost £399 + vat, you will not find a company that will do this for £100, try to find independent designer

    Original Poster

    Any idea on where i could find an independent designer?

    Ive seen normal basic zen carts that i can use. But i wouldnt know how to incorparate the payment methods

    oscommerce.com/ would probably be a good place to give you some ideas

    I could do this for you for £100, but for start I would suggest you to accept paypal payments and then add more options as your business grow.. if you would like to add google checkout or credit card payments it will cost you more to implement payment system as you will need ssl certificate.. I can give you example of my work if you like..

    Original Poster

    Sure please do show me what you have. You can pm me it if you dont want to post it in this thread

    preciousb;8084510

    Sure please do show me what you have. You can pm me it if you dont want … Sure please do show me what you have. You can pm me it if you dont want to post it in this thread



    pm sent

    can you clear your inbox as I can't send you pm

    Original Poster

    Sorry about that, thats done. Do you have msn? Maybe we can chat and see if we can come up with a few ideas?

    sorry I have to go now, I will send you pm later today with all the details, features etc. and you can decide if you wanna go with this further

    i personally would only consider 1 company for an online store.
    esellerpro.com/

    I have used many (not all but most) online shopping cart's and stores but this is the only one that seemed to be reasonablly priced for everything it does.

    Original Poster

    Sure not a problem. Thank you and speak to you soon

    oh and i can set any of the carts up im just telling you esellerpro.com/ is the best one.
    i have nothing to do with the site but 10+ years doing this sort fo thing makes me happy to recommend it.

    I wouldn't pay some random stranger £100 to do the job, you need a pro to do e-commerce sites.

    1) Payment details need to be secured
    2) Do they know how to fix issues if they arise? Anyone can strap a site together off a template but do they know how to fix problems like payments not going through? The site gets hacked?
    3) Have they built stores before? Have they set up payment processors? Can they advise which payment processor is better for you?

    You can be sued big time if your server gets hacked and the culprits steal the information your holding on clients (see tk maxx for this) so employing someone small is a risky business. I would look at paying £1500 for a decent built, customised and optimised site. There is no point in a flashy site but with no visitors

    Original Poster

    Hey that sounds interesting to me. I will contact them and see what they can offer. Thanks

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your input. Unfortunately my budget doesnt stretch that far unfortunately. The other option i was thinking was to register as a business seller on eBay and give that a shot.

    faevilangel;8085305

    I wouldn't pay some random stranger £100 to do the job, you need a pro to … I wouldn't pay some random stranger £100 to do the job, you need a pro to do e-commerce sites.1) Payment details need to be secured2) Do they know how to fix issues if they arise? Anyone can strap a site together off a template but do they know how to fix problems like payments not going through? The site gets hacked?3) Have they built stores before? Have they set up payment processors? Can they advise which payment processor is better for you?You can be sued big time if your server gets hacked and the culprits steal the information your holding on clients (see tk maxx for this) so employing someone small is a risky business. I would look at paying £1500 for a decent built, customised and optimised site. There is no point in a flashy site but with no visitors

    Original Poster

    preciousb;8085324

    Thanks for your input. Unfortunately my budget doesnt stretch that far … Thanks for your input. Unfortunately my budget doesnt stretch that far unfortunately. The other option i was thinking was to register as a business seller on eBay and give that a shot.



    Whoops sorry for double posting

    preciousb;8085324

    Thanks for your input. Unfortunately my budget doesnt stretch that far … Thanks for your input. Unfortunately my budget doesnt stretch that far unfortunately. The other option i was thinking was to register as a business seller on eBay and give that a shot.



    You don't want to know how many times I have heard that line

    The other options you have are:

    1) eBay shop
    2) eBay BIN's
    3) Rent an e-commerce store (from £10 a month)

    The best known are Iwebshop, openmindcommerce, tigercommerce, ekmpowershop, shopify

    They deal with all the hard work like the hosting, securing the customers details etc and all you is run the store. They all run demo's so you can test them

    Remember you will need to register as a business, a sole-trader will do. Look on HMRC for rates and how to register

    Original Poster

    Lol i think il do a few eBay BIN auctions as the items are low priced so it shudnt cost me that much in fees either

    preciousb;8085514

    Lol i think il do a few eBay BIN auctions as the items are low priced so … Lol i think il do a few eBay BIN auctions as the items are low priced so it shudnt cost me that much in fees either



    I have probably put you off selling stuff now :w00t: but too many people think it's easy to start selling but it's not. There are laws and regulations that need to be followed as you're taking payments.

    good luck

    i wish i had a penny every time someone says "i will sell it on ebay instead.."
    you and everyone else
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