Ultimately I need capabilities to sell k-cups online. I would like to have the ability for users to create accounts, and in some instances provide special pricing for various users. Is this possible with C5 / the C5 eCommerce add-on / and a payment gateway?
I looked at other options like shopify, but that seems to offer much more then I would need. I am looking for an option that is suitable for a somewhat experience web designer rather then something geared towards noobs like shopify. Any advice here?
When you start styling, be sure to start from the alternate div based template rather than the default table based template.
Think hard about how your shop is organised. Once you have started entering products, attributes and sets, going back for a fundamental reorganisation can be a lot of work. As with most computer stuff, it pays to really think your data design through before you get too far as its the hardest thing to change.
Build a small version of the shop first, learn, and plan to throw it away.
If you run into shipping complexities beyond other shipping models, have a look at my Zone Based Shipping.