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  • Business

    Shopping-cart-reviews.com’s Mark Baartse

    August 14, 2006 •

    Mark Baartse, the creator and operator of Shopping-Cart-Reviews.com visits about different shopping cart software, how to choose software, and what people can expect from Shopping-Cart-Reviews.com.

  • Business

    The Price is Right!

    August 4, 2006 •

    Avoiding Common Mistakes A trap many eBiz owners fall into is trying to set their prices by simply adding a percentage or flat amount to an item's cost– they buy a watch for $20, slap another $20 on the price tag, and pass it along to their customers. The problem with this type of pric...

  • Business

    Tech Support: August 2006

    August 1, 2006 •

    Question: My web host has different bandwidth levels depending on the price. How can I compute what my ecommerce site's bandwidth needs are? Brian Getting: Bandwidth can be a tough one to understand for most people. I like to use the analogy of a water pipe where the speed of your In...

  • Business

    Website Profile: Selling Fish Makes Online Niche

    August 1, 2006 •

    In Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, the opening number has a gang of traveling salesmen pattering cleverly about how a salesman’s got to know the territory and his products. Professor Harold Hill was declared a fake — he didn’t know the territory. When it comes to selling salmon, wild ...

  • Business

    JupiterResearch’s Patti Freeman Evans

    August 1, 2006 •

    Patti Freeman Evans has been in the ecommerce industry before the beginning. For the past 19 years she has been creating customer-centric ecommerce sites, integrating channels effectively, developing innovative marketing initiatives and ensuring high-standard customer service and order-...

  • Business

    Product Sourcing: The Skinny on Government Auctions

    August 1, 2006 •

    Are government auctions really a good source for purchasing products for resale? The answer to that is they can be, but you have to know what you are doing. Where do government auctions get their products? Government auctions can be held online, live ‘in-person’ or sealedbid. They acq...

  • Business

    Trademark Registration

    August 1, 2006 •

    This article will be the first of three covering trademarks, copyrights and patents. The decision as to whether to register each is based upon unique business considerations. For trademark registration, there is a process to go through in evaluating the cost and benefit of federal regis...

  • Business

    Quick Query: RedRoller.com’s Bill Van Wyck

    August 1, 2006 •

    What Travelocity does for travel, RedRoller does for shipping packages. The site is built to look and feel like an etravel site. Shipping for small businesses is a day-to-day occurrence. The typical ecommerce business spends close to $1,000 per month and ships 120-150 packages every month.

  • Business

    Website User Agreements

    July 1, 2006 •

    Website user agreements establish the terms under which the relationship between a visitor and a site is governed. A common practice for small websites is to "borrow" language and attempt to customize the terminology to fit their needs. The problem is that drafting a websiteuser agreeme...

  • Business

    AbeBooks.com Co-founder Rick Pura

    July 1, 2006 •

    Rick Pura just finished writing the software code for "Rick’s Search Engine." He thinks it works pretty well, and he may go into the search engine business. He knows he can write good software; it was he and Keith Waters who engineered the database and system that powers the best-used-b...

  • Business

    Rick Pura, Abebooks.com Co-founder

    July 1, 2006 •

    Rick Pura, co-founder of Abebooks.com, explains the origins of the company and how he and his partners got to where they are.

  • Business

    Quick Query: Coremetrics’ Jane Paolucci

    July 1, 2006 •

    PeC: Why is conversion important to ecommerce businesses? Paolucci: Ecommerce businesses are constantly seeking new ways to enhance their websites to drive incremental revenue, reduce costs associated with customer acquisition and sales and increase customer loyalty. While driving ...

  • Business

    Givens Books Partners with AbeBooks.com

    July 1, 2006 •

    When most of us think about an ecommerce website, we think of a place with pictures and descriptions of inventory, which a shopper can toss into a virtual shopping cart and buy with a mouse click. With the advent of portals such as Abebooks.com, there are esellers who don’t have carts. ...

  • Business

    What’s Selling, What’s Hot and How to Find It

    June 1, 2006 •

    Are you searching for the next trendy gadget to sell at your online store? Many people are looking to catch lightning in a bottle, but locating trends in the marketplace requires thought, research and analysis. Find Clues to New Trends There are resources for online entrepreneurs who ...

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    Product Sourcing: What Not to Do

    June 1, 2006 •

    One thing an entrepreneur shouldn’t do is search online for “wholesale supplier” or “drop ship” when trying to locate a wholesale partner. This is according to Chris Malta, founder and CEO of Worldwide Brands, Inc. “You can look online all you want to,” said Malta, “but you won’t find ...

  • Business

    Drop Shipping: Pros and Cons

    June 1, 2006 •

    Drop shipping remains a hot topic among etailers but, even though it has many benefits, it isn’t the best option for every business. A drop shipper is a product supplier who is willing to ship individual orders. Usually when products are purchased for resale, you have to buy them in bu...

  • Business

    Privacy Policies

    June 1, 2006 •

    Even at the turn of the 17th century, Francis Bacon had it right: knowledge is power. Today, we are in the midst of the information age and, in relation to customer management and relationships, in the beginning stages of an age of invention. The challenges of managing your business inc...

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    Quick Query: ProStores’ Julian Green

    June 1, 2006 •

    In January 2005, eBay Inc. purchased Kurant’s StoreSense, an online ecommerce provider. Using Kurant’s technology, eBay subsequently launched ProStores, an ecommerce solution for small to medium-sized merchants. ProStores has since signed up “tens of thousands” of online merchants. Juli...

  • Business

    BuySafe.com Founder Steve Woda

    May 31, 2006 •

    For every person who shops on the Internet, there are hundreds of others who don’t – who won’t. They don’t want to. They feel, with some justification, that doing so would lead to the nightmares others have lived through with identity theft, undelivered merchandise, credit-card fraud – ...

  • Business

    Sourcing Options for eCommerce Firms

    May 31, 2006 •

    Finding products to sell remains one of the hottest topics for online entrepreneurs, and it’s the top question eBay Radio gets from its listeners, according to Chris Malta, Product Sourcing Editor for The eBay Radio Show and Founder and CEO of Worldwide Brands, Inc. Malta defines produc...

  • Business

    Clear Block! TracksideSales.com Rides The Mainline

    May 31, 2006 •

    Clear Block is a railroad signal, indicating that the block of track ahead is clear and no train wrecks are in the offing. Joe Derouin, a 48-year-old who loves trains, dreamed of being in the model-railroad business. He got the “clear block” call from his wife Jeanne almost eight years ...

  • Business

    Zoovy CEO David Steel

    May 1, 2006 •

    The song, the one by Leroy VanDyke in 1959, tells about a boy from Arkansas who longs to be an auctioneer. He went off to school and learned how to say things like, “Thirty dollar bid it now, thirty-five Will you gimmie thirty-five, To make it thirty-five, to bid it a thirty-five Who wo...

  • Business

    Greatlookz.com: Persistence Pays for Zoovy Store Owner

    May 1, 2006 •

    "I always wanted to be a pioneer coming across the plains in a covered wagon,” says Marion Keisling. However, there is not much need for covered wagon driving these days, so Keisling has done her pioneer thing in the ecommerce business. She runs a company called Greatlookz.com and does...

  • Business

    Web Hosting: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

    May 1, 2006 •

    Last month we discussed web development agreements. Next question: Who is going to host your site? My advice is to know whom you are dealing with, and then make sure that if something goes wrong you have an exit strategy. In other words, do your due diligence. Then hope for the best and...

  • Business

    Quick Query: Jeremy Hanks

    May 1, 2006 •

    What's Doba.com? Doba.com helps simplify product sourcing. That is, we streamline product sourcing for the emerging market of web-based entrepreneurs starting and growing a retail business. Our web-based platform empowers entrepreneurs to find and sell products, and suppliers to connec...

  • Business

    Payment Options and Simple Checkout

    May 1, 2006 •

    A truly successful and customer service friendly ecommerce shop will have an intuitive and welldesigned checkout system. The more difficult it is to purchase something from you, the less likely a customer will try. Here are some tips to ensure you’re running a customer service-friendly ...

  • Business

    Authorize.Net President Roy Banks

    April 1, 2006 •

    The credit card industry has come a long way since 1951, when Diners Club issued a credit card to about 200 members, which they could use at any of 27 restaurants in the New York City area. Then in the 1960s Bank of America began issuing Bank Americard, then came MasterCharge, American ...

  • Business

    TheGroceryGame.com Scores With Coupons

    April 1, 2006 •

    Owner: Teri Gault URL:Thegrocerygame.com Established: 1999 Products: Weekly list of grocery coupons; system for saving on groceries. Shopping Cart: Custom Payment Gateway: Authorize.Net Quote: "I calculated that I made 80 cents per hour my first year." When Teri Gault and her fami...

  • Business

    Quick Query: Comodo’s Melih Abdulhayoglu

    April 1, 2006 •

    Internet commerce depends on safe and secure transactions. Because of that, we’ve asked a few questions to Melih Abdulhayoglu, an Internet security expert and CEO of Comodo, a leading provider of security software and encryption products for smaller ecommerce merchants. PeC: What does...

  • Business

    Web Development Contracts

    April 1, 2006 •

    We get an interesting mix of client inquiries each week. Sometimes we are asked to draft a “simple” or “basic” contract, neither of which really exist in the online world. We don’t even attempt to do that. Or, in the other extreme, we are asked to review and provide a legal analysis of ...

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