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PHP "impossible" wish list in shopping cart?

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I have a client who may be looking for the impossible in a shopping cart.  She wants something that is responsive, mobile-friendly, offers flexible pricing for different option combinations, allowing up to 3+ options for each product, separate product thumbnail on results page from the image that is on the detail page, use of categories and sub-categories, flexible and changeable detail page layout options.  Oh, and she wants one that can plug into an already existing and designed web site, so we don't have to use an online store template, like Zen Cart.  Big wish list.  Any thoughts?  Cartweaver.com offers almost all of these things, but it doesn't allow for a different thumbnail image and a different detail image.  It takes one image and resizes all of them accordingly, so only one image is uploaded.  She also doesn't like the thumbnail images below the detail images if more than one image is used.  Cartweaver is about the only shopping cart I've found that can plug into an already existing web site. Thank you.
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Let me guess - she also wants it done cheaply :)

Depends on what you mean by plug into existing shopping cart. Magento can do all of those things, given the time and money (lots of both)
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My 2 cents:

Do you hear this alarm sound shouting "danger"?

You need to manage you client's expectations, telling her clearly what might be the additional cost of each option. Just now she thinks they are cheap, no wonder she wants them all!

Bring her back to reality, give her approximate costs and explain which options she should drop and which one she should keep, at least for the business startup.

If she does not want to understand, drop her as a client asap: she is going to cost you time (and so money) and reputation (and more money).
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Thanks!  Yup ... on a tight budget, too!
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by:Eddie Shipman
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Chris, while you are correct in that Magento has many of the features that the client is wanting, let me say that Magento IS NOT for people that do not have a lot of time in managing their cart.

First, it is a MAJOR b*tch to develop and don't even get me started on their database.

I'd suggest, that if they want something simple, easy to use and easy to develop, they should try Prestashop.
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by:Chris Stanyon
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Hey Eddie,

I never said it was easy - I just pointed out that it met all of the requirements. I also pointed out that it would take a lot of time and cost a lot of money - the question smarted a lot of a client that wanted everything on a budget of nothing - we've all had them :)
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I don't think the solution is out there on a tiny budget, and it was confirmed.
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