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Why You Should Never Buy eCommerce Software

Just hand over your credit card, download the programs, drag and drop and ta da – you have a great website. This is what eCommerce Software is supposed to do.

But the reality is, it just isn’t that simple. Most of the vendors offering such software know full well that you’re unlikely to ever use it properly. Chances are good that you’re going to give up, and just end up getting a professional to do it for you.

eCommerce Software is really only designed for super affiliates and a hand full of others. If you’re planning on making twenty websites a month, and you’re a pro at setting up all the various add-ons, and configuring all the different options, then go for it.

So, it should be clarified that the software is fine if you are doing high volume, but if you are looking at only a single site, there just isn’t any point. The learning curve is too steep and the cost is too much for what you need it for.

Complexity

The sales pitch sounds so good. Anyone can do it. It’ll take you 15 minutes to figure it all out. That is true if you are very familiar with web design. Otherwise, it is going to take a little longer to figure it all out.

Most of the vendors that sell this stuff, put you on a mailing list, and hit you up with an offer to build your site for you, because they know that odds are you are going to fail. After paying all this money, most people aren’t that dedicated, and if they meet too much resistance, they’re going to look for an easier route.

Your Programmer

When you do end up hiring someone, they’ll use their own software. They won’t want to learn a new software, no matter how easy and simple it is. Hire someone first. Then ask what they want to use. Do not do it the other way around.

Better Options

Rather than buy a third party software system, go to the experts. Sites like Amazon make it easy. It’s all configured. All the options are there. If you need help, e-mail them. Don’t reinvent the wheel when you can get someone to do all the work for you. They have all the plug ins you need. Need a shopping cart? Just drag and drop.

You can also just hire a third party programmer to do all of the work, so you don’t have to bother with the gory details. This is especially appealing if you have lofty ideas, and not a lot of time.

Ongoing Fees

Even if you pay the money, some of these Software sites, want ongoing maintenance money. The one-time fee isn’t the end of your payments. Read the fine print very carefully to see if they can retract your license, if you don’t pay to renew.

Alternatively, they might just charge you for support, in which case you’re fine if you can navigate on your own – at least until they upgrade the eCommerce software making most of your system incompatible.

  • Splashnology Editors,
  • March 11, 2013

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