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    RE: Off -the-shelf websites

    I'm looking to create a website that profiles the sale of drum kits. Can anyone recommend what would be the most effective approach in terms of cost and ease of creationn of such a site. I guess I would be looking for pre-defined screens which I can select from . I'd appreciate any ideas. Many thanks.

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    Re: RE: Off -the-shelf websites

    I'm not sure what you mean by "profiles" (I have a linguistic disability; I grew up in the US). Perhaps a web host with a shopping cart builder is really all you need? I've seen many sites where they force you to view all product information through the shopping interface. Not my favorite approach, but it certainly provides consistency of look and feel. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: RE: Off -the-shelf websites

    I'm not clear on what you need or what you already have. Are you looking for web hosts that offer shopping cart packages or do you have already have a site and want to add that feature? Does this site already exist (have you created the HTML to generate the pages to show these items) and you want to add a shopping cart?

    Shopping carts are quite complex to implement (best to hire a consultant if you want something custom). It's more than just creating a site, you need to have bank accounts, credit card authority, etc. (and more things than I know about). I think it's best to use one of the carts that already exist from places like
    Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=s...=A36L942TSJ2AJA

    eBay http://stores.ebay.com/),
    Yahoo Small Business (http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/merchant/).

    All these (and others) handle the business of getting the buyer's money, credit card behind-the-scene fluff and just send you a check. It's not free of course. You'd link to this 'cart' from your site (which would have pictures of the items) and then they'd pay for the items in this external cart.

    Miva http://www.miva.com is a popular shopping cart tool. You maybe able to implement this on your own depending on your experience.

    Deb

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