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Online Store Package Choices

This is a pointer question: I have asked the full question in the Applications channel - but as it is also related to this subject, this question is to notify any channel watchers of the question.  Points to first reply with TAG here and answer there.
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coreybryantCommented:
Yahoo is OK for some.  It depends on what you are selling, etc. We have received a lot of clients lately from yahoo because of what they charge.  Plus they seem to nickel & dime you on everything.  

Are you looking for a hosted solution?  Windows / *NIX?

-Corey
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ChipM0nk JGLeaderAuthor Commented:
Yes, I'm looking for a hosted solution and platform doesn't matter - I've worked extensively on both.  Functionality does matter, as does the pricing scheme.  

With Yahoo, I don't like the percentage based fees and would prefer a flat rate deal.
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coreybryantCommented:
Yes - they do charge a little too much for the merchant account / gateway.  Yahoo is good for some companies but not for some others.  

Did you want to host it yourself or need a hosting company?  Would one flat rate be good for shopping cart licensing?  I have a few different ideas.  And what part of the world are you in?

-Corey
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ChipM0nk JGLeaderAuthor Commented:
I don't want to host the site - I want someone else to guarantee the 24/7 uptime and security of the site.  We're based in the U.S. and will also serve Europe in the next 24 months.  Flat rate is fine - but I don't want to just buy a shopping cart and make my own e-commerce infrastructure... I am looking for a rapid build out solution that already has most of the business logic compoenents in place.
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ChipM0nk JGLeaderAuthor Commented:
I'm upping the point value, since the pointer question did not seem to work out and I now have a valuable thread in each channel.
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ChipM0nk JGLeaderAuthor Commented:
Just for reference, I have been looking at:

http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/bzinfo/prod/com/c2feat.php

But am looking for some second opinions before going with it.  Especially 'cause I don't really like the percentage of turnover fees.
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coreybryantCommented:
My personal preference - as what my clients use - get your own shopping cart & use MSSQL database.  You can find hosted solutions a lot cheaper than $99 a month & then you can save 1% of your "Yahoo" charges as well.  That is about $100 per $10,000 - not that much, but enough to pay for hosting.  

-Corey
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ravisimpiCommented:
You must move along with Yahoo, as it is reliable 24/7 uptime with reasonable speed, and whatever tools they offer, All you have to do is add your products, descriptions quantities and rates.. and rest will be manaaged by Yahoo.


      And before deciding, have a look at

http://www.helpdeskgenius.com/index.php/content/OSCommerce+Programming#OSCommerce%20Programming

 As osCommerce is a opensource and can be easily cutomised according to your needs.

Happy marketing

Peace and Health

Ravi Simpi
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ChipM0nk JGLeaderAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the mixup - I'll do it right next time.

I think that the answers here deserve some points, so I have to up the points and close this question in order to reward the answers.
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