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snowman
08-11-2010, 03:26 PM
Ok, so I've gotten to the point where I've got too much tooling sitting about. I want to get rid of it, but a garage sale is simply too much work (and I work weekends, and limited audience, etc).

I am routinely the guy at industrial auctions that buys lots...for one item in the lot. I just went through 100 lbs of tooling that I bought only to remove about three pounds that I actually wanted.

So anyway, now that you all want to kill me....

Is anyone saavy in the ways of setting up online sales sites? What I want is simple...or so I would think.

I want about twenty items per page, each item to have a thumbnail and very short description and price. Clickable to new page where item can be added to cart.

As for the checkout, I want to be able to accept via paypal.

I know this is all pretty easy to do, but it always turns into a huge PITA every time I try it.

Basically, I want to take what would be a table at NAMES or Cabin Fever, and set it up with paypal checkout.

Does anyone know how to do this, or have a tutorial that actually explains it.

Oh yes...and where should I buy webspace????

I want to be able to do online database work for other reasons.

snowman
08-11-2010, 03:34 PM
Interestingly enough, http://www.surplusshed.com/ is a great example of what I want to set up. But I don't want to pay someone to set it up for me. (err...I don't mind paying for a setup once, but I don't want in on a monthly fee)

squirrel
08-11-2010, 05:13 PM
If you want to store for free good luck. We use ablecommerce.net for our host and software and make a monthly payment. Setting up a .dot com is not easy and will take some learning on your own. Using able's software our site was online with less than an hours work. Selling on eBay has been a waist of time for the last couple years but it is fast and easy however, eBay and Paypal are making the most money. When setting up your site my suggestion is to leave out the link to eBay because we have been working extremely hard to distance ourselves from eBay and PAYPAL so keep that in mind.

dp
08-11-2010, 05:34 PM
osCommerce is a free product. All you need is a host/isp, and there is no shortage of them out there.

http://www.oscommerce.com/

squirrel
08-11-2010, 05:42 PM
I forgot some other things, don't expect alot of sales right of way. It has taken us just a little over 2 years to average more than 55% of our online sales from our own site. Until eBay burned the bridge with us in 2008 we were 100% eBay for online sales. This a major milestone for our company since we are a piss ant fighting a giant.

ldn
08-11-2010, 05:49 PM
Building and managing e-commerce sites is one of the things that I do for a living.

Unfortunately I only do very large sites that require a lot of customization, so I'm not well positioned to help you out.

But I'd recommend going with a solution that is already hosted and set up. Otherwise you will be doing a lot of programming. I think bluehost.com has a pretty good e-commerce package, but I've never used it.

Also, Paypal charges high fees and has terrible policies. Consider getting a merchant account at your local bank and using a payment gateway like Cybersource to process credit cards directly. You'll want to make sure that your payment gateway is easily compatible with whatever hosted software you are using before signing up.

Lastly, I've had bad experiences with Yahoo Merchant Solutions, so I don't recommend using them.

Meridian
08-11-2010, 05:58 PM
If you have a Paypal account, Paypal will generate the code to place an "add to cart" button or a "buy now" button on your website.
The "add to cart" allows multiple items to be purchased by the same buyer whereas the "buy now" is only for a single item.

Not sure if this will cut and paste properly or not, but here is the basic code for a flea market table format. You'll need to correct the urls to match your website:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN">
<HTML>
<HEAD>

<TITLE>fleamarket format</TITLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY BGCOLOR="white">

<TABLE align=center BORDER=0 cellpadding=5 width=760>

<tr>

<td colspan=2></td>
<td>

<center><FONT color=red size=6>Table 1</FONT></center></td>
<td colspan=2><center><FONT size=6><a href = "http://www.mermac.com/table2.html">Next</FONT>

</center>

</td>
</tr></table>

<TABLE align=center BORDER=1 cellpadding=5>



<tr>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item1.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item1t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>

<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item2.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item2t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item3.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item3t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item4.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item4t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item5.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item5t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>


<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item6.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item6t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item7.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item7t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item8.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item8t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item9.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item9t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item10.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item10t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>


</TR>

<tr>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#1<br> Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#2 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#3 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#4 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#5 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#6 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#7 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#8 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#9 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#10<br> Price: $350</center></TD>


<tr>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item1.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item1t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>

<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item2.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item2t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item3.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item3t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item4.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item4t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item5.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item5t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>


<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item6.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item6t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item7.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item7t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item8.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item8t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item9.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item9t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>
<TD><A HREF = "http://www.mermac.com/item10.jpg"><img src ="http://www.mermac.com/item10t.jpg" height=100 width=100></A></TD>


</TR>

<tr>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#11<br> Price: $45</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#12 <br>Price: $75</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#13 <br>Price: $150</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#14 <br>Price: $35</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#15 <br>Price: $10</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#16 <br>Price: $100</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#17 <br>Price: $350</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#18 <br>Price: $275</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#19 <br>Price: $25</center></TD>
<TD height=20 width=100><center>#20<br> Price: $60</center></TD>


</TR>


</TABLE>

<p><lI>Enter your item No.1 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.2 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.3 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.4 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.5 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.6 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.7 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.8 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.9 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.10 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.11 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.12 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.13 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.14 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.15 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.16 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.17 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.18 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.19 description here


<p><lI>Enter your item No.20 description here





</body></html>

rustamd
08-11-2010, 06:26 PM
I recommend oscmax.com