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Thread: Best method for small e-commerce?

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    Best method for small e-commerce?

    Hello, I am a front end developer that mainly does freelance work just designing websites. However one of my clients wants me to add a small ecommerce option to his site, its a construction company and all he wants is 10 items listed where the customer can add the item to cart, check out and purchase, then it would of course notify the company of the customers purchase.

    Im not asking anyone to do anything for me of course haha, im just curious what the best way to go about this would be? As I have limited back-end development knowledge

    Thanks guys


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    The construction company has to decide what credit card merchant to use. It's not free. Every merchant has their own fees, and uses their own methods of a gateway between your website and their bank.

    They can't just let people type in a credit card number and rely on email or a non-secure storage of information. It must be handled on a secure server or using a credit card merchant gateway that redirects the users to a different site for entering CC information (such as PayPal usually does). These services are required because of failed transactions, or mistakes in entering CC information.

    So the question can't be answered because if they say PayPal, it's totally different than Square, which is nothing like

    Ask the construction company what it's worth to them. Would they spend $20 a month just to have a CC merchant, even if they don't sell anything?

    If they already accept credit cards for other things, like their construction services, then they should contact their bank that handles those transactions. Perhaps there are options for them.

    They may be better off setting-up an ebay business and sell their goods through there. A lot of appliance repair shops sell parts using an ebay store, even though they run a normal repair service from an actual building in a city.
    Last edited by mlseim; Dec 03rd, 2014 at 06:25 PM.
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