Anyone doing sales on the web as a business?

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#1 Sun, Jul 8, 2012 - 4:10pm
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Anyone doing sales on the web as a business?

We are in the final stages of setting up our business. It's an eCommerce site catering to the needs of prepared minded families, preppers, etc. We are having a heckuva time choosing a template based web company - and we want a template based service because we DO NOT want to spend all of our time and money paying someone else to keep the site operating. Our first year needs to focus on sales and inventory.

So we're looking at a custom template on ProStores (an Ebay company) and Shopify. I actually have the contract for a custom site on ProsStores in hand. However, I've heard Ebay is halting further development of ProStores sites in favor of their new toy, MagentoGo.

I've also looked at a few others, but the stories about poor customer service and site down time are scary.

Anyone out there have any experience with ProStores or Shopify sites they are willing to share? I am not in a major rush - I have other channels to move the inventory. 

Thanks,

Chris

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Mon, Jul 16, 2012 - 9:36pm
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I started researching a

I started researching a platform that would allow me to build a store inventory on my own website and list inventory items occasionally on eBay. This was a few months ago. I know Magento will allow you to do this and there were a couple other sites, but the monthly fees seemed vey high to me. I am curious what you find out. If i get some free time i will do some more research and report back as this is on my list of things to do. 

Sat, Jul 28, 2012 - 1:13pm
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We went with ProStores.  They

We went with ProStores. They seem to have the customer support and responsiveness we were looking for. The site will probably require a conversion to MagentoGo at some point since we've heard ProStores will be going away in 1-2 years, but that should be affordable.

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Tue, Aug 14, 2012 - 10:14am
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MIVA

I have two stores, and have been in business for about 8 years on one of them. I use Miva Merchant. They've had their moments, and probably cost more than the free stores, but I'm still with them. Just FYI

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