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My mom's site
August 19, 2009
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My mom and I run a site together called omasplace.com where we sell digital embroidery designs.  I used wp-commerce before switching to market theme / product manager. We are utilizing e-junkie for the digital delivery and haven't had any problems intergrating that with markettheme.   

http://www.omasplace.com

There are still some things I'd like to do to the site, like add a category sidebar on the store page and some other similar customizations.

Overall, still pretty happy with the theme / plugin / delivery system.

August 20, 2009
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Very nice site! 

Just as a heads up, when viewing with IE 6 -- the right column on the home page doesn't display until after the left colimn is finished displaying.

My guess, is that you either need to widen your total website width -- or just decrease your "News" column a small amount.  Those can easily be modified through the "Market Options" settings page.

Great job!

September 30, 2009
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Thanks.  I've made some other changes to the site (css dropdown for instance) and now the site just crashes in IE6.  Geesh. 

Other than that though, the site has really come along and I appreciate your help.

March 16, 2010
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Nice site - I'm very excited to see that you were able to make a drop-down menu! How did you do it?

March 17, 2010
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For the drop down I use the "PixoPoint Multi-level Navigation Plugin" available here:

http://pixopoint.com/products/.....avigation/

This is the "legacy" version of their menu plugin.  I tried using the new version, but it didn't work correctly which I believe was caused by a javascript error with my e-junkie code.   If you're not using e-junkie (most likely) then the new version should work. 

March 17, 2010
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Thanks for sharing!

I know a lot of people have been asking for dropdown menus.

They will be pleased to find this one.

March 24, 2010
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I'm loving the drop-down menus as well as your coupon code! This may be a total basic question but I have no idea how to accomplish it - I'm creating a website for a friend's jewelry business and she wants to be able to offer promos with sitewide discounts - I just saw that you have a coupon code on your mom's site for a percentage off.  How did you set this up in the check-out? I'd greatly appreciate any help you can give me. The site I'm working on is: http://www.cembrydesigns.com. Thank you.

March 25, 2010
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Well, I'd love to help you but I think our platforms are slighly different.  Because I am using e-junkie for downloadable products, I can tell you how to create a coupon code with e-junkie but I'm not really sure it's possible yet with the Market Theme Product Manager which is what you are using.  I think that might be included in the next version.

With e-junkie it is fairly easy to create simple coupon codes for storewide sales but gets pretty time consuming with category specific discounts.  It is also impossible to create "complex" coupons like "buy one get one free" or 50% off second product.   E-junkie has it's limitations but I have YET to find a shopping cart system that can do everything.  

Maybe the forum admin can chime in with creating discount codes with this and future versions of Market Theme. 

March 25, 2010
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Promo codes or discount coupons aren't going to be in the upcoming release, however there is talk about that feature that's beginning to happen.

It does seem to be an item that people are wanting more and more however, and that's typically how new features get prioritized into Market.

March 25, 2010
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I have been told by several other IMs (and verified by my own experience) that the ONLY way to sell online in this economy is with coupons and sales.  This is especially true in highly competitive niches like embroidery and jewlery.  If you don't have a sale, people will literally purchase NOTHING until it is on sale.  The good news is that sales volumes are good when the sale is taking place, but unless there is a "sale" people are very hesitant to purchase unless there is some other compelling reason why they need your product immeadiately (which brings up the need for good copywriting but that's another discussion entirely).

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Don't be too afraid of that.  It's not always true, and it doesn't have to be like that

I have two other ecommerce sites that are doing pretty well right now.    With one site, I offer a coupon code about once every three months.  The other one not at all, and it's in the somewhat high end luxury market.

I think it really depends on the kind of people you're targeting.  If your market is made up of penny-pinchers, then it will be more true than if your market is made up of emotional buyers.

For business, I actually have a hesitation against frequent coupons.  They are good to juice sales, however I've tried to focus on OTHER benefits rather than price because I've seen businesses become TOO dependant on sales or coupons.  If people expect to see them regularly, or always know where to find them, then they will begin to "hold out" until another comes along.

I was fortunate to see the downside of overusing coupons, and was taught by observation to use them sparingly.  I witnessed a restaurant years ago succumb to the coupon death trap.  As time went on, it seemed that EVERYBODY who came in had a coupon.  When they stopped advertising for one week, sales tanked.

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By the way... That's not my way of saying a coupon code system isn't a good thing and necessary. 

I do see the benefit of it, and we'll work our way toward adding this feature in the future.

March 29, 2010
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Thank you both for your opinions and insight.  I really appreciate your time. 🙂

April 1, 2010
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ptocknell - i would love your help if you are available... i installed the pixopoint menu and was playing around with it and think it'll be great except for two problems:

(1) i wanted the categories to be a dropdown under "shop" (that's what yours appears to do) but could only get them to create a separate menu on their own (i'm probably wording this horribly - if it makes no sense, just let me know). how did you get the categories to fall under "shop"?

(2) how did you get your shopping cart to be on the menu? i used the code from the header.php (that says it calls for the shopping cart) and placed it in one of the custom options for pixopoint and it didnt do a thing... any thoughts?

I do not have the pixopoint menu active on the site right now because it wasn't working properly - reverted back to the market theme one. FYI.

November 4, 2010
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Ptocknell,

This seems like the right solution BUT

I totally don't get the pixel point menu system, would love help, not intuitive. I don't want to use names they give, Pages, Custom1, Links, I just want pages and more pages and lots of subpages. Can you help?

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