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    Which E commerce option would be best for our needs?

    Basically we want to build a ecommerce type platform that will:

    1. Allow basic shopping basket experience for general public visitors (very standard stuff);

    2. plus create a account login area where wholesalers and independent shop owners can go and get a completely different pricing, and offer ddp and cnf to wherever they are in the world.

    So in reality 2 exactly the same shops that have different pricing and postal options for the general public and wholesale?

    I have used WP Woo commerce before but this doesn't seem to meet my needs, OpenCart has been recommended, any other option or advice would be great, my boss is expecting me to have all the answers but Ecommerce is not my thing.

    Ash

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    Hi, Ash.

    I use Drupal. There are two available modules that you can use for the shopping module.

    1. Ubercart
    2. Commerce

    Depending on your background, you may need to study Drupal first. These modules are very flexible in terms of meeting your requirements.

    Hope this helps!

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    Thanks, though I've looked at Drupal before and a stand alone E commerce will be far more intuitive I would imagine?

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    I don't know what DDP and CNF are, and I've been building e-commerce sites for almost 15 years. So before I make any recommendation at all, my question would be: what are they?
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    Delivered Duty Paid and Cost of Freight, its that we need to have separate postage type control and pricing for the wholesale area.

    Its knowing the best way to deal with the 2 distinct types of customer.

    The prices would be the same for each product for all wholesalers, the postage may depend slightly on location, but in the main we want to offer free postage and duties for all wholesalers.

    Hope that makes sense?

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    Ahhh...I'm guessing that's an across the pond term. Never heard it before, like I said. In Canada (and in North America) we use FOB:Origin and FOBestination. Makes sense.

    If you absolutely had to pick a third-party cart, the one I would personally go with as a Windows/Microsoft sort would be VP-ASP. It's pretty easy to customize, the code is relatively clean (although I personally had to make several mods for one client that took it well out of VP-ASP territory), and the back end is for the most part easy to work with. I don't know if you'll get the pricing for your two specific shipping options in there...I haven't tried anything like that myself. However, you can try it before you buy it to see if it works.

    Now...keep in mind that I said if you absolutely had to pick a third-party cart. The big issue I see is going to be your wholesaler / reseller pricing. That's something most carts don't handle or if they do, not particularly well. It's usually "here's the price for one product, and that's it." They're getting better that way...kind of. But they're still pretty flaky. The only way you determine whether or not it works for your specific set of circumstances is "download it, try it, and repeat steps 1-2 for something else if the cart doesn't work until you find something that does." In other words, good old-fashioned pain-in-the-a$$ trial and error may or may not work.

    This is the major reason I recommend custom carts whenever possible. There's usually at least one recommendation from a site owner for which no plugin or cart or script exists and thus would have to be made. My VP-ASP client, for example, has a "want list" as part of their site that they use to gather up requests for products both generally and specifically. The general requests get added to a mailing list, and the specific requests are tracked separately. So you're going to run into something that will eventually take the cart out of the realm of "third party" and into the realm of "DIY". That's the nature of a successful business and site.
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