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eCrater
« on: June 23, 2007, 02:15:52 PM »
What is eCrater.com?

eCrater.com is both a free web store builder and a free online marketplace. Sellers can easily create their own free online store in minutes. Buyers can easily browse and compare between thousands of products.

Sellers receive free website hosting, a free subdomain and a powerful admin tool to manage their free online stores. All products are posted to the world's most famous product search engine as well.

http://www.ecrater.com/



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Re: eCrater
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2007, 03:49:40 AM »
ecrater.com has been around since September 27,2004.
I joined them by opening my first store in March of 2005.

Dimitri (founder of ecrater.com) will not charge for stores.  Matter of fact he refuses to.  It's been suggested time and tiem again that he charge a small monthly fee and he says "NO! The whole business model of ecrater.com is free and will remain free."

I signed up with the idea of this is the first step to my own store.  I advertise using my domain name.  My webpages all point to my ecrater store - using ecrater.com as my shopping cart. 
Here are a few of my sites
www.BigNTallMensClothing.com
www.FormalLongDresses.com

You don't need your own domain name but I figure domain names are cheap enough that it's best to advertise my domain name then if I ever move on to my own website store - all my efforts over the years have not been wasted as they are advertising my domain.

A domain name is not need.  A website is not needed.  But those are both steps to take to have your own store.  eCrater.com is a great place to start whether you have your own domain name not.

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007, 06:41:55 PM »
I like it because it's fairly easy to use - it looks professional when the pictures are loaded, and its got a neat/clean look to it - not cluttered - Dawn

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007, 08:51:48 PM »
I really like ecrater too !!! Great site.   I like the freedom of no fees, not that I want to list junk ( well collectibles)  but I do not have to worry about slow times and can keep on listing no matter what the time of year etc

http://debmode.ecrater.com

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2007, 09:04:39 PM »
Nice looking store Deb.

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007, 09:12:44 PM »
I really like ecrater too !!! Great site.   I like the freedom of no fees, not that I want to list junk ( well collectibles)  but I do not have to worry about slow times and can keep on listing no matter what the time of year etc

http://debmode.ecrater.com

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I like your store. Very nice!


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Re: eCrater
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2007, 04:27:39 PM »
I love ecrater, too.  I opened a store that specializes in soda industry ads. Then I sent my ebay customers a note that better prices and free shipping would be available in my ecrater store. Also offering quantity discounts if they email me.

http://vintageads4u.ecrater.com

I have been very happy with the results.
www.vintageads4u.com
I love vintage advertising!

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2007, 04:49:30 PM »
I love old ads. I'm going to have to check yours out.  :up
Flapper Dresses, Unique Flapper Costumes, 1920's Dress, Roaring 20's Fashion, accessories included.
http://fancyflappers.com/

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2007, 05:03:49 PM »
Nice to meet you VintageAds...Cute ecrater Store.

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2007, 06:30:47 PM »
I had a minor brain storm, today.
I'm listing Vintage Jewelry on Ecrater , & copying & pasting the copy & pics into  desktop ebay program.

SO, if I ever want to list them on the bay , I can do it with a push of a button. :0771

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2007, 08:57:29 PM »
Hi, 

I love eCrater, it is so easy and clean looking.  I joined them about Oct 06 and I think it is just getting better.  I kept my store on ebay until the end of the year and then closed it for good.  I still have an account there but have probably only listed 10 items on auction in the past 8 months.

I found this place on the eCrater forums.  I always like to find new places for info and boy do I need info on computer stuff etc. Thanks, Carol at

http://1finetreasure.ecrater.com

http://findatreasurehere.ecrater.com

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2007, 01:52:41 AM »
I dont like ecrater, they dont allow dropshipping, but whenever i do a google search for product Im reasearch I see tons of ecrater store selling what is dropshipped item, with the same picture of the item im researching and discription. I started a ecrater site untill I found out that little FAQ, the decided to open my own site :017  :m218  :053  :0191  8)  :-[  :-\  :-X  :whip  :poke :zz

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2007, 02:37:35 AM »
I'll bite, where did you see the rule against dropshipping?
Check out the Bigg Elf's Toy Stash -- http://toystash.ecrater.com

And our Garrett metal detectors -- http://metaldetectors.ecrater.com

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2007, 03:04:07 AM »
The terms of ecrater.com say --

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3.4 All products from affiliate websites will not be posted to Froogle. They will not be included in searches in the main eCRATER marketplace and will appear at the bottom of the respective categories. Affiliate website is a website provided with products, images and texts from another company to sell their products. Dropshippers and distributors are considered as affiliate too.

If you sell items from like SMC or other so-called wholesalers that zillions of other sellers are using also -  ecrater.com will flag your store as an affilate store.  It not because you use a drop shipper.  It's more because one site don't need to have 1000 selers selling the exact same bird house with the exact same description and exact same picture.
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Re: eCrater
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2007, 11:11:36 PM »
Hey, Winkel, it doesn't say you can't dropship on Ecrater, it says dropship and affiliate listings will not be included in the Froogle (Base) feed, and will appear at the bottom of category listings.

You could always create your own feed to Base.  Also, most shoppers do not browse Ecrater categories, the buyers swing in on a search engine search result.  Lotsa Ecrater listings show up high in the Google SERPs, so you might want to re-think discontinuing selling there.  Good luck with the site, too!  Why not do both?

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2007, 06:59:27 PM »
Well folks, I need a little help here.  I am stumped on setting up Ecrater Shipping prices.  I see several zones and have printed out a USPS zone chart based on my zip code.  But I don't know how to calculate shipping charges by the zone.  As I did not see it on USPS.  I will be shipping items according to the weight.  And assumed the price would be auto calculated for the buyer at checkout.  Input Please anyone????? :?

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2007, 07:16:35 PM »
In case you're not aware, and just to make sure you know, any box whose dimensions are more than 1 cubic foot (length x width x height > 1728) and shipped to zone 5-8 by priority mail, will have the postage rate determined by the greater of dimensional weight or actual weight. This calculation does not apply to parcel post or express mail packages.

Take the product of LxWxH and divide it by 194.  Then, for the weight, use the greater of that number or actual weight (again, if shipping to zone 5-8).

Ie: a box that is 12x10x15, has an actual weight of 8 lbs., and is being shipped to zones 5-8 via Priority Mail.     12x10x15 = 1800.  1800 is greater than 1728 so dimensional weight applies.   Take  1800  and divide it by 194.  1800/194 = 9.27835.  Round that up to 10 and since 10 is greater than 8, you will be charged as though youre shipping a 10lb package.  Or cut the box in this example down by 1" on any side, and it will be under the limit.

Worth noting that all free priority mail boxes available to the general public are under one cubic foot.  There are some free priority mail boxes that are larger, but they're only available by the pallet-load and only available to bulk shippers.

And, of course, the old balloon rates for boxes with length + girth > 84 inches still apply for zones 1-4. Length = longest dimension, girth is the perimeter.

As for an answer to your question, here's the domestic priority mail rate chart http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/123.htm#wp1071591

Parcel post rate charts can be found here http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/153.htm
« Last Edit: July 31, 2007, 05:41:32 PM by biggfredd »

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2007, 07:58:28 PM »
Thanks wayoutwest,

What would I do without folks like you on this board!! :0191

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Re: eCrater
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2007, 08:06:06 PM »
The zones on the ecrater.com shipping matrix are not the same as zones that the PO refers to.

You can find at more about the ecrater.com shipping matrix here
Solutions to Common Questions - SHIPPING
http://www.ecrater.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2461
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Re: eCrater
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2007, 09:52:55 PM »
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You can find at more about the ecrater.com shipping matrix here
Solutions to Common Questions - SHIPPING
http://www.ecrater.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2461



Thanks for the links. :up I will try to weed thru and understand.  Hopefully I will find something that works for me.  By the way, could I just have the buyer email their destination and somehow manually invoice them.  Like thru PayPal?  Any ideas?
« Last Edit: July 25, 2007, 09:58:55 PM by MrsB »

  

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