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    about Paypal "website payments pro"

    - A client is looking to sell 500 of his shops products online (minimum)
    - He has a business bank account etc.
    - He understands paypal (which helps when it comes to logging in and transferring his money to his bank etc)

    Now, I know that the paypal pro service costs 20 a month, obviously he will be paying this from his paypal business account.

    But how difficult is it to code?
    (payments standard is easy, cut/paste html etc, but pro works differently, how?)

    - Also, the client has "personal arrangements" with a fair number of his returning customers (client 'A' gets a 10% discount, client 'B' gets 12% discount, client 'C' gets 15% discount etc.) - My solution for this is to create a "voucher code" for each % and email the respected code to the appropriate clients. (ensuring that they get their discount online in the same way as they currently do over the phone).
    Would this work? the codes would need to be valid practically forever. and there would need to be approximately 15 codes to represent each %.

    I have called paypal and attempted to ask these questions but they won't entertain me because I won't provide business details

    Thanks, I appreciate it.

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    Dave, I genuinely think that you need to look at an 'out of the box' e-commerce platform for this project. Everything would then have everything you need built in and you could use Paypal integration for payments.

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    thanks for replying,

    For customers to pay by paypal is not really necessary (credit and debit cards are more of a priority), but yes if easily done then a paypal option can be a payment option.

    I've found a uk based e-commerce platform - eCommerce Software & Online Shop Solutions - BLUEPARK.co.uk

    Would this be the sort of thing you mean?

    out of curiosity, why would you not recommend paypal? (I want to know the evil truth) lol

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    ah ok, I've found your post in another thread recommending - Modern CSS + XHTML Ecommerce :: FoxyCart.com

    I'll have to see if they can assist with the various voucher codes so appropriate clients get the appropriate discounts.

    Also i'll hunt on their site to find out the cost!

    thanks

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    Nothing wrong with Paypal as such it is just going to involve a fair amount of programming to get a slick e-comm experience for client and customer. Also, if you use their 'add to cart' buttons or whatever you'll not have the best you can get in terms of stock control etc. I'd say straight Paypal is 100 products absolute max. Then you may as well use a proper store solution.

    That one you have picked looks pretty good and we use Prestashop. Magento is another decent one as well.

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    There's OpenCart as well which I've heard is really good. E-Commerce is something I'm still looking into myself.

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    Before now I've been recommended to use this - RomanCart - Shopping Cart and Internet Marketing Software
    It's obviously not as customisable as a platform, but does get the job done.

    Nothing wrong with Paypal as such it is just going to involve a fair amount of programming to get a slick e-comm experience for client and customer. Also, if you use their 'add to cart' buttons or whatever you'll not have the best you can get in terms of stock control etc. I'd say straight Paypal is 100 products absolute max. Then you may as well use a proper store solution.

    That one you have picked looks pretty good and we use Prestashop. Magento is another decent one as well.
    Thanks Corrosive, Ideally what I want is a system thats hosted and not have to use the clients mysql web-hosting database.

    There's OpenCart as well which I've heard is really good. E-Commerce is something I'm still looking into myself.
    Thanks Tony, It can be a bit of a headache finding the right cart solution for a client with various personal discount requirements. If he didn't have so many personal deals with certain individuals then it'd be much easier as one price fits all, regardless of who you are.

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    I should have clarified -

    What I want is an option which requires no involvement with the websites control panel.
    These platforms are brilliant for customisation but they all involve using the mysql database on the clients web hosting provider.

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    Not ever used a hosted solution so I'm fresh outta ideas I'm afraid. Keep us posted though, very interested to hear about what you choose and how you get on with it :icon_thumbup:

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    What's the issue with using the mysql database on the clients host? Have they used them up already?

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