I work for a medical research charity. In addition to our research we also sell biological cell lines in Australia and overseas. We are looking for an open source e-commerce platform to improve the visibility of the products we sell. Being a niche market with a rather unusual product line, we need a few bits of functionality that are unusual (as well as many that would be met by pretty much any e-commerce platform). Specifically we are looking for a platform that will enable us to:
1. Have a large number of user defined attributes for a product. These attributes would be of a descriptive nature (eg this cell line...) rather than a sub-category (eg small, medium or large if talking about shirts). These attributes would need to be searchable.
2. These fields, being descriptive and scientific, may well be very large containing hundreds (if not thousands) of characters.
3. As our sales volume is very low and very much tailored to the individual, we do not want to display prices nor do we want to allow people to buy on-line. We simply want people to be able to see our products and then phone us to discuss an order. So we would want to be able to ‘turn off’ any shopping cart and credit card functionality.
I would be grateful for feedback from other e-commerce users on packages that might meet these rather unusual bits of functionality.
My thanks in advance.