Which free ecommerce solutions for concrete5?

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The ecommerce plugin from Concrete5 is steeply expensive for people starting out a web site. I mean, 125 USD, you need to sell a lit to justify this cost for a small hobby site, reason why I am looking for a free alternative that integrates with Commerce5.

Which are the current free ecommerce/shopping carts that can be integrated with commerce5?

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gour replied on at Permalink Reply
gour
> Which are the current free ecommerce/shopping carts that can be integrated with commerce5?

eCommerce Express (http://www.concrete5.org/marketplace/addons/ecommerce-express/) is 4x cheaper, iow. $35 only.
zinneken replied on at Permalink Reply
Yeah, saw that too, but at this stage I'm really looking for something
free. I don't mind cost once there are sufficient sales to justify,
but when there are no sales yet ... So really after a free option,
besides, most popular CMS have plenty free shopping cart options, why
not concrete5?
SeanBrogan replied on at Permalink Reply
SeanBrogan
Not sure if this is helpfull, try it out and give some feedback.
http://cashiecommerce.com/

Best wishes
Sean
zinneken replied on at Permalink Reply
Now this looks interesting! 1% of sales is maybe a little high, but what can I say, I'll have to and will try it out
Mainio replied on at Permalink Reply
Mainio
Or for a completely free one:
http://www.ecwid.com/
zinneken replied on at Permalink Reply
This certainly looks great! Contacted them, sadly, the API is only available for paid versions, not for the free version. So out goes this option (can't have people registering twice, once for the site, once for the shopping cart). Maybe you know a way for the free version to work with C5? How did you implement it? Thanks!!
Mainio replied on at Permalink Reply
Mainio
Sorry, have never implemented a working solution with it, people just keep bringing it up on these forums when someone asks for a free shop.

How about setting up another OSS eCommerce system aside with a subdomain where you could link, e.g. shop.yourdomain.com?
Mainio replied on at Permalink Reply
Mainio
But that said, just want to point out that integrating between two systems can be a HECK of a bigger job than just spending a little more than $100. If you bought the development from somewhere, that money would really buy you like 1-2 hours of job...
zinneken replied on at Permalink Reply
Definitely a possibility, but, which solutions can be integrated with concrete5? Have there been any experiences? I don't mind spending time on it.
Mainio replied on at Permalink Reply
Mainio
Well, you can integrate any possible solution if you just spend a lot time for it. Actually, I think the core team at first did some integration to Magento before making their own add-on but it turned out to be such a heck of a job that they decided to make completely their own solution.

I would recommend some system that has an integration API and it would be well documented as well.

Antti
foiseworth replied on at Permalink Reply
foiseworth
If you are tempted to use OpenCart (which is free) I would advise against it. It took me 6 months of frustration to not finish a project for a friend and then I switched to Concrete5 + E-commerce add-on and it was finished in 2 weeks.

Whilst it may seem like a significant cost, what is the cost of your shop not being open because you're still developing the site? :)
SeanBrogan replied on at Permalink Reply
SeanBrogan
Not sure if this is helpfull, try it out and give some feedback.
http://cashiecommerce.com/

Best wishes
Sean
warbop replied on at Permalink Reply
try presta thats free.