I am new to this site and new to e-commerce. I am currently working on getting my online store up and I am trying to decide whether I should use Pay Pal or another payment gateway. I have heard good/bad things about both, but I thought this would be a good forum to ask people with experience what their thoughts were.
So, what do you use and are you happy with it? Do you wish you had done it differently from the beginning?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
First of all, welcome aboard.
As an e-commerce site owner, and a mentor for several members here at SuN I can assure you that using a Payment Gateway is much more effective than pinching pennies using just PayPal. Shoppers feel much more confortable with an on-line store that offers not only PayPal, but also a Payment Gateway ... like Authorize.net. It gives you the look of the "big boys" and not just a "Mom and Pop" operation.
Visit BoxerHaus.com, http://BoxerHaus.com , or GoTruckStop.com , http://www.gotruckstop.com/cgi-bin/acart/apple-search.pl?&am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;am p;keywords=all&begin=1&end=5&display=10 ,
and you will see the type of store layout/data base/ shopping cart that works ... and works well.
The shopping cart/data base is so effective that go to Google and type in ...
big rig gifts ... or ... big rig accessories ... trucker gifts
and see what comes up. Or just follow these links ...
And those results took less than 5 months to bring about !!
Also see exactly what Beth wrote about her new web site BoxerHaus.com ...
http://www.startupnation.com/pages/community/forum_posts.asp ?TID=1069&PN=1 here at SuN.
If you are interested in learning more about this e-commerce solution ...
give me a call.
(And no.... I don`t charge for any mentoring services, help, suggestions, or referalls, I don`t get a kick-back on the web site design ... nor am I "wanting to get in on the ground level of your operation" (like some here desire to do) I do this as a way to show the true spirit of SuN ... entrepreneurs HELPING each other succeed. Something that some here have forgotten)