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Old 2nd August 2006, 03:08 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by A.N.Onym
Well, if you read the article and the discussion here, you'll notice that we were discussing whether it was worth adjusting the current shopping cart system or installing a new one (Zen Cart). It appears the team has decided (and I agree with them) to keep the MIVA solution.

I have no idea how MIVA looks, but if it didn't work for the client efficiently, I'd consider changing it to a more customizable and user-friendly one, such as Zen Cart, which I suggested.
I did and that is why I asked you the questions. Your follow up makes me reiterate my previous questions, but nevermind.

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Old 2nd August 2006, 08:17 PM   #22
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What do you mean by "usuable" and "tweaking" in reference to Miva Merchant? I don't hear too often that someone doesn't "tweak" their online store no matter what it is including zen. I use both, btw.
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I have no idea how MIVA looks, but if it didn't work for the client efficiently, I'd consider changing it to a more customizable and user-friendly one, such as Zen Cart, which I suggested.
There are many parts that make a shopping cart usable, such as categories by type/price/other, nested categories, ability to sort products by many factors, easy and fast checkout process, etc.

Other usability stuff covers what the site owner can do with the shopping cart and it is independent of the software.

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There's also quite a bit of data that you can get from Analyzer (the lowest paid level, which runs about $500) but you gain enough more functionality with Optimizer (about $1200) that it's on of those "worth saving for" kinda things. (or starting with Analyzer and upgrading down the road, ClickTracks does give upgrade credits...)
I don't know if anyone else has made this point but... I know it is a huge upfront cost, but in 3-6 months (depending on state) you will need to file your tax's, right? Isn't this a business deduction. I'm not saying that makes it less expensive but if you helps you generate the amount of business they are talking about, you are also saving that much money in tax's you have to pay.

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Old 1st December 2006, 01:08 PM   #24

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True and a good point. Also with ClickTracks, Jen did point out -

Keep in mind they also have hosted versions that can be pretty affordable if your traffic levels aren't super high. That might be a route to check out as well...
If cost is an issue, you probably just need the hosted solution which is fairly affordable on a monthly basis. $76/optimizer and $189/pro per month.

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