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ecommerce solution for win2K/SQL Server hosted site

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Hi.
I am looking for the best ecommerce solution to run on win2K servers, utilizing SQL Server.  I do NOT own the server, so I will not be able to install any applications or DLLs.  Any solution would have to be uploaded server-side scripts.

Price is a determining factor - open source/free is best!

Needs to support:
Customer accounts
Customer address books (other shipping destinations)
Order history
shopping carts/wish lists
Search catalog for products or manufacturers
Secure transactions with SSL
top-sellers
customer reviews
Administrative Functionality
Add/Edit/Remove categories, products, manufacturers, customers, and reviews
Statistics for products and customers
Tax zones, classes, and rates
Payment and shipping modules
Connection to currency exchange rate servers is a plus!
Multi-language support is a plus!
Quickbooks support is a plus!

Big issues are security and ease of implementation and customization.

I know this is a broad request - just hope you can point me in the right direction.  I do understand that some customization may be necessary.
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by:mgfranz
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LOL... you ask a LOT for an open source or free solution!  I know of products that do this that cost $700!  

Check out www.storefront.com, they have a couple great solutions that work great, I got to set-up the .NET store with their 6.0 product a couple weeks ago and must say it was awesome!

On another note, I wrote a pure .asp solution that does everything you ask except language, QuickBooks, Wish List and Top Sellers for a year ago, it took 4 months and cost him almost $4k...  but it was totally custom...

I tell you what, if you find a solution that does all this and costs less than $500 I'll buy it!

(In other words, it probably doesn't exist...)
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mgfranz -
I have found some on other platforms that are free and very well done.  Check out http://www.oscommerce.com - there solution is awesome and FREE!  But, it just doesn't work with my provider.  If it comes to it, I may have to switch ISPs.
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Hey it's up to you, use what ever you want...  But I will tell you that if you want to use ASP to do everything you ask you will either have to build it yourself, or fork over some $$$.  

I have some experience with the Open Source solutions, and have found them to be plain and simple.  The only products I have found that provide a total solution was $1200 and used .NET as the backend.

Good luck, but I suggest building one.
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by:rappdigital
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MGFranz-
Thanks for the feedback.  What is the deal with ASP?  Every solution costs money!  What I've decided to do is build off of oscommerce (http://www.oscommerce.com) - that means I'll have to develop in PHP, but the modifications shouldn't be that substantial.  I'm awarding you the pints for you honesty, and also 'cause no one else posted! :)

Thanks!
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by:mgfranz
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When I built my solution, I started with an old version of A-Cart, http://www.alanward.net/acart/acart20.asp

But check out http://www.comersus.com/index.asp it looks good.  I found more here; http://www.aspin.com/home/webapps/shopping/carts?pg=1&sort=price&order=asc
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by:irishalpha
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I am looking for the same thing.  A good option is http://www.ecommercetemplates.com/.  I am thinking about going with them, it doesn't do all you ask above (which are features I would like to have also), so it will take some asp programming.
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irishalpha,
Hi.  I ended up going with OSCommerce, at http://www.oscommerce.com.  It is PHP, so there is a slight learning curve if you're not familiar (although I didn't know any PHP and I picked it up fairly quickly), and runs from  MySQL DB.  It does EVERYTHING, and is built from an opensource community, meaning that there are member contributions for about anything you can imagine.  And it's very easily customizable.  

Good luck!
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