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Any reccomendations for an online sales system?

Hi All,

I'm beginning to contemplate the time (in a few months) when I'll need to setup a system on our site to allow sales of our programs. This will need to allow users to purchase one or more items at a time, process the payment, and then allow for immediate download or for products to be shipped.

It needs to run on a Windows server, and it would be best to be ASP or ASP.NET and SQL Server-based so that it nicely integrates with the rest of our site. Running quick Google searches and otherwise looking around I don't seem to see any clear indication as to popular or proven systems.

We're only going to begin with 6 products, so maybe 1-12 offerings. Is it best to put together a simple custom system like Joel's and hook into some payment processor, or use an available system?

Does anyone have any recommendations on systems to take a look at? (Or systems to maybe avoid?)

One of the few that I've come across so far that look somewhat serviceable is called DotNetCommerce (, an ASP.NET system comprising cart, charge processing, shipping, and currency components.

Any recommendations on payment processors? I see some of the services from places like PayPal, but as their server is down for maintenance right now I can't look into it far enough to see if it allows for a seamless and professional system that at least appears to be completely on our site.

Ideally, I’d like to allow for user’s to track their orders and to be able to also use this system to allow distributors to place and track their orders. Maybe setup a web service so that they can possibly connect from their purchasing systems. But, that can be a later addition. The current priority will be to get up and running allowing automated sales from the site to end-users in a decent (under a week?) amount of time.

I appreciate the suggestions,


Friday, April 25, 2003


I think Joel wrote an article about this or it was on his front page quite a while back. I think Fog Creek went with digi buy but those guys were charging a huge percentage, so FC rolled out their own app and plugged in a payment gateway. You might want to look at the archive and confirm this.

my recollection is pretty foggy, ...

Prakash S
Friday, April 25, 2003

have never used any of them, but worth a look.

Friday, April 25, 2003

[broken record time]

They have a free portal framework and a free store framework, all built on ASP.Net/SQL Server, using a very nice architecture, and with a thriving user & component community attached. You can pick up a store module for the portal for $80 that includes credit card processing, and someone's working on USPS/UPS/Fedex/DHL tracking in a single module as well.


Friday, April 25, 2003

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