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Jul 25, 2010 09:17 |  #1

I am just starting out and am not making any money yet (but paying out plenty to get started of course). I am very overwhelmed by all the choices for online proofing and sales, but I have yet to find anything that fits my needs. At this point I cannot afford to pay a large amount up front like some companies are asking. It seems like most of the companies I've found want you to pay a set up fee, a yearly or monthly fee, AND on top of that they take a huge commission. I understand taking a fee to process credit cards but some are charging up to 18% of your entire sale (not just your profit) plus other fees.
I am looking for:

-ability to take credit cards and order online
-not be charges a huge chunk of my sales in commission fees
-I want to use my lab (Mpix Pro) because I am very happy with their products
-self fulfillment would be good, but not a must if I can use my own lab

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Jul 25, 2010 10:15 |  #2

So a gallery with shopping cart would be good? Free JAlbum.net - Will build excellent galleries & now has free hosting, too. A few skins incorporate shopping cart features & some of those aren't free.
http://jalbum.net (external link)

JAlbum skins seem easy to modify & there's a lot of help in their forums. Some subforums are dedicated to only one skin, which makes it easier to get info. And many of the skins have been made by users, & they would possibly be interested in helping you to customize yours.
http://jalbum.erica59.​com/jalbum.html (external link)


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Jul 25, 2010 10:21 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #3

Can you accept credit cards through JAlbums?




  
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Jul 25, 2010 21:30 |  #4

That's what "shopping cart features" are.


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Jul 25, 2010 22:09 |  #5

Photographers Shopping Cart from www.picturespro.com (external link) is what I use. It integrates with PayPal or a range of credit card processors.


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Jul 25, 2010 23:28 |  #6

Shopping cart feature not necessary equals with ability to take credit cards.




  
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Jul 25, 2010 23:42 |  #7

janeks wrote in post #10602982 (external link)
Shopping cart feature not necessary equals with ability to take credit cards.

Um... I have no idea what you mean. Can you try again, slightly less cryptic this time?


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Nov 29, 2010 12:26 |  #8

The shopping cart may be set up to use credit cards, but the owner of the shop has to have a contract with a credit card processor. Fortunately, Paypal will process credit cards, so if you have paypal business account, you should be ok. At least that has been my experience.




  
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Nov 29, 2010 12:27 |  #9

Also, I have been happy with fototime.com. The rates/prices are very reasonable. However, the site is not a 'slick' as some of the more expensive options.




  
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Nov 29, 2010 14:31 |  #10

I have been very happy with Exposure Manager:

http://www.exposureman​ager.com/aff/pixelcraf​t (external link)

They do not use Mpix, but you can do self fulfillment with them. What i do is let EM handle all my prints up to 8x10, then do the larger stuff as self fulfillment through Mpix. My reasoning is that 8x10 and smaller most good labs do very similar work. Once you go large quality seems to matter more so I get pickier. The bonus with this is that 95% of my orders are 8x10 or smaller so I rarely have to re-direct my orders to Mpix which makes less work for me.

They have an anual fee, then take 10% of your sales. Their print quality is good, never had a complaint in the three years I've been using them and I get plenty of orders. I took on $1,439.58 worth of print orders for November so far and my take is $1,100.91 which represents them taking 10% and then there's the lab fees, what it costs to print. Not bad for a month, but it is one of the busiest ordering months I have. Keep in mind that I do this very part time and 95% of my orders this month was from a shoot that spaned 3 days, but I only shot 4 hours per day. Add another 4 hours of editing them down in numbers and basic crop/rotate.


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