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Discussion in 'Services Wanted' started by Dave Casuals, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Dave Casuals

    Dave Casuals

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    I run a business that specialises in mainly personalised items. I have approx 100 items but ever increasing and ideally wanted a site where i can sell direct to customers but possibly withinthe site also offer a dropshipping service. Some of the items sold are personalised so would need to allow customers to select the item and then add the additional personalised details. Dropshipping customers would do the same based on their customers requirements.

    If this was going to be a very expensive job to include both i'd prefer to just focus on a website without dropshipping and may look into dropshipping further down the line.

    If anyone can direct me to someone on here or elsewhere it would be appreciated.
  2. psxgamer

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    I think it's not as complicated as you think.

    I have a simular issue on my website. One of the shipping options a customer can pick is "Kiala". It's a cheap shipping option where a customer can pick up his package in a Kialapoint (super market, ...). When they chooise this option they have to tell me to which kiala point I have to send their order.

    The way I solved it: every customer can add a comment to his order. So when choosing Kiala I ask to put the info of their Kialapoint in the comment of their order. You could ask your customer to do the same.

    I use opencart but think most shopping carts have the option to add a comment to your order. Don't use them but I know there are serveral extentions available to dropship (search for multivendor).
  3. Dave Casuals

    Dave Casuals

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    thanks for your reply. To be honest i just do not have the time to even begin building a site. Also i'm not very good when it comes to anything too technical so would rather find someone on here or a reputable company. I don't think it would be hard to do either but i'm trying to make life easier for myself. When you allow customers to personalise or make according to their requirements i find that on the likes of Ebay customers forget detailsor miss certain details needed so I then i have to chase them up. On many ocassions it delays sending the item and in other cases it puts more pressure on me and wastes time sending messages and can affect feedback which is why i don't just want to rely on Ebay. It also isn't greatly set up for sellers of such items so i want to try and have a site that might be more suited. So for example on items that require personalisation they have to leave details in a message box. For other items that don't require any then the message box doesn't appear. Sounds easy but not sure if it can be done the way i have in mind.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016
  4. Low Cost Sourcing

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    This can be done using wordpress and a couple of plugins to extend the functionality. You can also have different user roles such as customer or dropshipper and offer different prices so that can also solve the dropshipping side of it too. There are many wordpress developers who would be able to do this for you and I wouldn't have thought it should be too expensive either compared to building the functions from scratch.
  5. psxgamer

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    As I said it's not complicated. When you buy hosting you'll have a cpanel or something. In many cases you have a 1 click install for scripts as Opencart, Wordpress,...

    Installing a shopping cart is not that difficult. On YouTube you can find many videos showing you step by step.

    As I said I would just put the different options in your description and then ask your customers to put their choice in the comment of their order. In OC you can work with option, think there's even an input field. Don't use this option myself so never explored it. And without any doubt there are a few extentions available for it.

    I wouldn't bother about the dropshipping part at the beginning. Setting up a website isn't difficult. However getting traffic and convert this into sales is a lot more difficult.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016
  6. Your Business Community

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    Whilst you could build it yourself, you will make a lot of mistakes along the way, some that might prove costly.

    Using something like Wordpress or Joomla brings a lot of power and options to your project. Most importantly, there are lots of people who can help, as, together, they run over half of the websites on the net! Importantly, if you host it yourself, you are not at the merce of your develop.
  7. Simon Harrup

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    Hi Dave, i'm a Wordpress developer and may be able to help you out if you still need help. I may also be interested in talking to you about your personalised products.

    Let me know if you'd like to talk further.

    Regards

    Simon
  8. Michael Beaumont

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    Some people run successful Wordpress WooCommerce websites as long as no one is using any better coded shops which are lots out there. Magento is highly configurable but has 75,000 files before you put any new pages on the site.
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