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Discussion in 'eCommerce' started by Ronald Haynes, Jul 18, 2020.

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    [Maybe this is better in the e-commerce forum? Posted there, apologize for the duplication]

    Hi folks, I hope things are well.

    I am creating a new online store. I don't have a website yet. I don't need my own domain at first. I am located in Canada and would like to sell to Canada OR to (Canada and the US). I will be selling hockey / baseball cards etc. Some but not all items will have images. I need to be able to bulk uploads / updates of items (from csv, excel etc) and have them automatically go into specified categories (tens of thousands of items eventually). Would be nice to be able to sell directly (with Paypal payments) and to facebook. I would like suggestions for a platform which provides all of this, allows me to build a simple website, and would be free for 2-3 months to see how it works out. If it works I would not mind paying a reasonable % of sales.
    I have reviewed a lot of the big ones - Shopify (too expensive at least initially), etc... , any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Last edited: Jul 18, 2020
    Ronald Haynes, Jul 18, 2020 IP
  2. CactusWren

    CactusWren Greenhorn

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    Free, free? no. Cheap, yes.

    A plain Wordpress site with the Woocommerce plugin will do most of those things. Some of the more advanced things (bulk upload and automatic population will not be free, but will require plugins that cost maybe $50 or more a year). You will need to get hosting and a domain, though, which isn't free. Maybe $15 for the domain and $5/month for cheap hosting.
    CactusWren, Jul 22, 2020 IP
  3. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I'm guessing you haven't run your business plan past your accountant because the cost of that consult makes the cost a domain and hosting look insignificant.

    It's going to take more than 3 months to get your business up and running. Bite the bullet, spend the money, do things properly. Take some time to learn about the scams that buyers pull on inexperienced online shops.
    sarahk, Jul 29, 2020 IP