I looked through several posts talking about shopping carts, but I`m not sure what would be best for my situation.
My granddad has a large (thousands) collection of antique postcards. Since he`s getting old, he wants to start selling them more quickly, but Ebay has been a little disappointing, with all its fees and customer complaints, and how you have to work at it very regularly. So I`d like to make an e-commerce website to sell the cards for him.
I have a reseller hosting account with Hostgator, so I can host the site. Hostgator offers the following shopping carts as part of their service:
My key concern for the antique postcard store is that there will only be one of many of the postcards. So when someone buys it, I would want it to be removed from the website, or at the least, be marked with "Sold Out."
Other considerations for the shopping cart/website:
--We will probably eventually have over 1,000 items on the website at any time, divided by categories.
--There will need to be a good search function.
--It would be great if new product information could be entered into a spreadsheet or simple form and then added to the database. Then I could show my granddad, sister, or other people how to add postcards to the store.
--I`m a website designer by profession, and I don`t mind having to work with code a little bit. I`ve learned a little about PHP, ASP, and MySQL, and I`d like to have a reason to learn more.
--There is no need for complex shipping calculations, since the postcards are all the same size and weight.
--There is no need to give the customer options. They will just be clicking "add to cart" or similar by the card(s) they want.
--I would want to give the store a "look" that fits the product offering.
--I don`t want this to cost much money.
(If someone wants to recommend Apple Cart, go ahead and say your piece, but I`d rather people not get into an argument on this thread like they did on another one. Apple Cart`s too expensive for me, anyway.)
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