Monday, August 21, 2017

Revised Plan and my Minimal Storefront

I am going to continue handling the ecopacks direct for $4.95 a CD. An ecopack is the CD in a black envelope with the artwork.

Through CD Baby I will sell slimline CDs for $6.95. CD and artwork in a slimline jewel case. This will be available for 8 titles now and eventually all of them. It costs money to do this so I’m on go slow. Caprice has their own CD Baby account with a nice package for their CDs and John Spencer has his replicated CDs in a full size jewel case on CD Baby.

Deluxe packages will be on CreateSpace and Amazon for $10.95. Free shipping with Amazon Prime. This is a print on demand service and they do all the work and keep most of the money. Still, it’s a way to get my CDs on Amazon. And it’s a Deluxe Package with no money up front.

I am coding a storefront to sell the ecopacks online. Here’s the order form.

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Here’s the Paypal order page. Use your Paypal account or pay with credit or debit cards through Paypal.

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And here’s the printable order page for mailing a check.

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I am thinking of calling it Minimal Storefront and distributing it under the GPL license. We’ll see how slick it is when it’s in use.

These are the important points to the Minimal Storefront.

Easy to use for the customer. No account to set up. No data entry. Just make the order and pay.

Easy to fulfill. All orders come in your email. The payment comes with the order number. When you get the payment you pull up the order with an email search and check that everything is right.

Security for the customer. No email entry on webform. No credit card number entry on webform. If you don’t trust Paypal send a check.

Security for the website. No text fields. No database. The payment itself is the order confirmation. Paypal provides the shipping address and email. If the customer sends a check they write the shipping address on the form and add their email only if they wish.

KISS. HTML and PHP coding. Javascript for data validation only. Create a Paypal button for every quantity.

Downside. Will not replace a major storefront with a wide variety of items and prices. It is actually Minimal Storefront. Not just a name. But that’s all a lot of businesses need. It’s all I need.