First post here. Enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts. I need some help. I have a few different sites (e-com). My largest site has vastly outgrown its current home and needs to move asap. I have spent hours looking at demos and searching forums for a good hosted solution. My main three criteria are: CSE product feeds - I realize that most carts are built to average sites which are much smaller than we are but we need to feed directly from the cart into each of the 30+ Comparison Shopping Engines out there (each has its own feed format). Second - Affiliate program functionality. Third - Live Chat Module (I realize I can add third party but prefer built by cart for seamless use). Fourth - the obvious static page cart with ability to edit custom text tags.
So far, no one has everything. I use Network Solutions for one site. They don't have affiliate. They don't have CSE feeds. I use Volusion for another site - they have affiliate and they have live chat, but no CSE.
I found V Commerce and Nexternal, both seem to have everything, BUT...VCommerce wants 400k set up and 10k per month, obviously out of our league. Nexternal wants 2.5% per month of sales revenue, which would be fine if we were just starting out but I can get a dedicated box and custom solution for that amount.
I looked at 3D cart which on paper has a lot of the features we need, but looking at their client list and their demo doesn't leave me with a high level of confidence if you knwo what I mean....
So. Any recomendations? This is a really big move for us. We need something we can take to our next level of growth. Moving this size of a site is nerve-wracking to say the least, which is why I am coming to you all who know a lot more than I do. Please send any comments. They will all be appreciated.