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Internet shops - basic information

If we ignore the all-singing and dancing custom built shop that costs thousands, we are left with 3 main options;


Ebay

Possibly most peoples first taste of on-line trading, and a good start to 'test the water'. If you are unsure, we can show you how it works and help you get your first item up for sale in less than an hour!

Pros Cons
  • Low cost
  • Simple to use
  • Very quick to set up
  • Huge customer base
  • No stock checking
  • Very little control over design
  • Limited functionality
  • High maintenance


Showroom

This type of 'shop' can be set up using your existing web space.

It is suitable for businesses with a small amount of products that do not change too frequently, or perhaps higher value/profit items. This is due to the larger amount of work involved in processing payments and maintaining the site.

We can assist you in building and maintaining this type of site - contact us for details.

Pros Cons
  • Low cost
  • Can use existing webspace and software
  • Relatively easy to set up
  • No stock checking
  • Manual payment processing (or Paypal?)
  • Simple web design skills required
  • Limited functionality
  • Requires more work from the customer


Catalogue with online payment

Can be subdivided into E-commerce software that you upload to your own webspace (e.g. Actinic) and 'all-in' packages that are maintained on-line, e.g. Click and Build, EKM Power Shop or 1and1 eshops

Contact us for more details.

Pros Cons
  • Full stock control
  • Automatic secure payments
  • Professional design
  • Extras, e.g. feedback, customer accounts
  • Automatic sales notification
  • Sales statistics
  • Simple set up - can be trading within days
  • Search facilities
  • Product categories
  • Order processing can be automated
  • Higher cost
  • Design can be a little inflexible



If you are based on the Isle of Wight (UK) and require further help, call Chris on 0789 150 9466 or email chris@iwpcs.com