WEB SHOP - Ebook, MP3, CD downloads

Hi all,

I want to build a shop for an Audio book site I’m working on that sells, paperback books, MP3 downloads, Ebooks, and CDs.

I’m new to this, but have a vague idea of what is needed.

There are may carts out there, from Mal’s to optioncart, bigcartel to linklok and many many more…

I have had a brief look around and due to time, I want a cart thats simple and fast to set up, but with the potential to expand and modify once things get moving…

Is Mal’s best for my audio book site as its free and widely used? I don’t yet fully understand the Linklok Mal’s e-commerce package but it looks like it will automate the delivery process keeping my clients happy and making my life just that bit easier!

Any advice will be great at this point!??

Also I’m assuming I first need to purchase Tims Mals E-Commerce Suite - FreewayActions.com | Mals E-Commerce Suite
build the shop into my FW site, set up paypal etc, select a shopping cart system, test a lot and I may be cooking with Gas?!!! lol

I’m now reading around, and getting mixed vibes on what is best practice and the best course of action… if an experienced E-commerce FW user could please give me and others a helping hand, that would be great!!

Many thanks

Worm


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I’m assuming I first need to purchase Tims Mals E-Commerce Suite

I dont think it is a MUST but it can help ease the process.

Also you may well consider going to Mal’s paid for service that offers a bit more.

I personally have no experience with Mals and downloadable products but DanJ has.

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Not necessarily. The standard e-Shop actions that ship with Freeway will cover most of the bases if you want to add single products or simple variation products to your online store. Where my Mals actions really help is where you want to build more complex buy forms that offer multiple products, with options and user defined content. The actions have been created so you can pretty much build any forms you like.
Unfortunately because of the way that both action sets differ you can’t migrate easily from an eShop site to a Mals actions based site without recreating the store.
Although I’ve never used Linklok I’ve heard good things about it from other here who have. It appears to integrate well with Freeway and Mals.
Regards,
Tim.

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Also I’m assuming I first need to purchase Tims Mals E-Commerce Suite - FreewayActions.com | Mals E-Commerce Suite

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Hello there.

I have a similar question:

I’ll be working on a new project soon that requires me to build a CD/DVD store where people can choose to buy a physical CD or DVD or buy a mp3 version of an individual song or even the whole CD and download it. Its going to be something similar to this:
http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8753266&style=music

Do you believe that standard e-Shop action can be customized for this purpose to include an option to download? or I should go for the Mals action?

Thanks a lot,

Marcus Do Carmo


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Hello! I have a similar question:

I’ll be working on a new project soon that requires me to build a CD/DVD store where people can choose to buy a physical CD or DVD or a mp3 version of an individual song or even the whole CD and download it. Its going to be something similar to this:
http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8753266&style=music

Do you think that the standard e-Shop action can be customized for this purpose or I should go for the Mals action?

Thanks,

Marcus Do Carmo


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I’ll be working on a new project soon…

My first questions before going down any Cart route would be to ask how many products are likely to be involved, does the client want to deal with adding product, are you going International for sales/shipping etc. etc.

As big a brief as possible please.

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I’ll be working on a new project soon that requires me to build a CD/DVD store

Perhaps your client would consider using a service such as CDBaby http://www.cdbaby.com/
that handles the whole transaction and file storage for you. You just link to their store. They also offer the option to post the CD to iTunes for you.


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Thanks David and chuckamuck!

David, I am just asking this question to my client now in order to be more exact. I’ll let you know as soon as I know it

chuckamuck, that idea is nice. I also heard about a script that looks interesting:
http://www.phpjabbers.com/stiva-shopping-cart/
but I think the cdbaby.com would also storage the products for me, so I wouldn’t need a database, right?

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I second CDBaby. My clients have used them and were happy with their service.


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…but I think the cdbaby.com would also storage the products for me, so I wouldn’t need a database, right?

Right.

Man…freewaytalk is throwing curves today…


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Hi David,

My client wants to sell his CD & DVD along with the mp3 & mp4 version of that same CD & DVD artist release. That means 1 (one product only) basically. He will also create some special mp3s & mp4s that will not come out on the CD & DVD , but I believe they are going to be about dozens of songs, not more than 50…


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Thank you, Jan! I will surely take a careful look at this CDBaby

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I found another service like cdbaby called Tunacore:

Do you guys know it? Have some references?

best regards,
Marcus


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Ok, this is my customer question:
“i just really liked the idea of promoting my site and having everything there for the customer to purchase without having to go any where else, but like i said im not an expert in making that decision yet… I would have to research it more…”
My comments/question:
I tried to find on the in the FAQ but didn’t find it: Chuckamuck or Jan: Do you know if the CDBaby can be customized in order to appear just the client logo, not the CDBaby’s?

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Do you know if the CDBaby can be customized in order to appear just the client logo, not the CDBaby’s?

Never heard of Tunacore.

Take a look at how it’s handled on this WP site http://stephanieburkettgerson.com/. Basically, no, but your link takes you right to the cart with the CD cover art and tracks so there is no doubt what it’s for.

They are a stand alone service that takes a very small percentage of each sale but in return handles everything for you. They just send you the checks. Personally I think the option to have them upload your music to iTunes for you is alone enough to seriously consider them.


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Ok, a quick cursory look at Tunecore tells me it is not a store but a distribution service to other music sales services. Not exactly the same thing, but an interesting idea.


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Yes, you’re right Chuckamuck!

Great idea. Thank you.

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Hello Chuckamuck, I hope you’re well.
I forgot to mention that my client also wants the ability to sell mp4 videos through his website. He liked the cdbaby but asked me this…Do you know if cdbaby.com also works with videos or in this case I have to go for something else?

thanks,

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Hello again guys,

I hope you’re well.

The videos my client wants to upload are professional videos and he wants to also show a preview and sell them. I suggested him to use a third part service to sell them such as cdbaby.com but he wants to have his own store… Not a problem. I can build I, but I have two questions: 1) Can I use Vimeo to upload professional videos and sell them through his website or I should upload them to his own database? 2) Should I use the standard e-Shop action for this purpose to include an option to download or I should go for the Mals action?

Please let me know and many thanks in advance


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