Creating an online store


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oneiros
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A friend of mine wants some help creating an online store, in order to sell handmade jewellery. I'd assumed that the simplest (and cheapest) way to do this would be via an eBay Shop but it turns out it's £15/mo before you start listing items. I guess we could not bother with a storefront and just point a URL at an eBay search (eg. http://search.ebay.co.uk?sass=username).

Amazon Marketplace is no better. 75p/item + sellers fees for low volumes (but Jewellery isn't a listed category) or £25/mo (first month free).

Anyone got any suggestions for alternatives?

Cheers,

:D

(Edited to include Amazon - sorry Syrok)
#1 at 13:50:40 - 19/10/2011
Syrok
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Amazon? I only looked at it for a second though.
#2 at 13:59:02 - 19/10/2011
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We've been using OpenCart for our site at work. It's a free, open source store/shopping cart and is pretty easy and straight forward to use. You'd need your own URL and webspace though, so it's maybe not the easiest solution.

I think I saw an advert for 1and1 doing some kind of all in one website template and hosting recently too?
#3 at 14:12:33 - 19/10/2011
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I was just about to suggest OpenCart but TheBoy beat me to it.

I can set you one up no problem Oneiros if you have a domain and hosting.

If you don't, click the link in the AATG and order a basic/medium package from DataFlame, once configured send me the details and I'll happily set it up. Doesn't take too long if you know what you're doing.
#4 at 14:15:42 - 19/10/2011
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Cheers guys; OpenCart looks fantastic. I knew there'd be a free php/mysql solution available, but was hoping to take the easy road with eBay/Amazon. Looks like either of those will be too expensive though, so OpenCart looks like the ideal solution.

Cheers for the offer Rich; I'll have a play and get back to you for advice/help...
#5 at 14:31:36 - 19/10/2011

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