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Three Ecommerce Platforms for the Non-Ecommerce Store

If you want to sell products online, there are any number of ways you can do it. You can take the
direct route and put a shopping cart solution on your website. But if you don’t want to mess with
the time and expense, or you only sell the occasional item out of your brick-and-mortar store, here
are three (nearly) free ecommerce tools you can consider.


1. Etsy

This is a site for artists of all styles. Whether you sell earrings and jewelry or large scupltures,
Etsy.com takes a small percentage of the items you offer for their payment processing. You upload
the photos, write the descriptions, send customers to the individual page, and once they place an
order, you send out the product. Etsy is not only an ecommerce solution, but a community for
artists.


2. Amazon.com

Many people sell ebooks they have written, and it’s a great way to generate some income. People
who don’t want to go through the traditional route of publishing, who want to sell their materials
faster than a publisher can move, or who want a bigger share of the royalty pie, are turning to
Amazon as a way to build their professional network and make money by writing and selling ebooks.

3. eBay

eBay is the original storefront. Just like Etsy, eBay lets you sell anything and everything. Whether
it’s old comic books, new clothing, or even things you have made or purchased for reselling, eBay
handles everything for you — a place to host your sales information, payment processing, and even
a place to build an entire storefront.


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