Our company is in desparate need for an overhaul for our shopping cart system (custom basic system built in 2001, with very pricey "custom" add-ons along the way) and I've now decided to go the easy, pre-packaged route (since some of the packages cost less than it costs me to have a single custom feature added to our current site), narrowing it down to several asp.net based carts.
also - with this - keep in mind we have a friend / developer that loves to work with .net, does great work / has done great work for us, and we love to work with - so I am really only searching for an .net solution that is open source so that he will have an easy time customizing it for us as we need it.
I made a checklist of features that we currently use or absolutely need (whether or not included with the basic cart or available as an $add-on$), and I found 2 that sound totally capable without getting too deep in custom development.
One was Storefront 6 - but after reading many messages on here slamming their coding, I found another company (via google) called aspdotnetstorefront.com . Their software has 95% of the features I want already built into it, and is incredibly cheap ($300 for pro version) and comes with the complete C++ or VB source as well... but I have no idea who this company is, nor can I find any reviews of their software... hence my hesitation...
Also - I found xsenet cart with some favorable reviews tonite ( search for xsenet on google since I'm a newbie and cant post urls ), but havent gotten to really look over their features much - so if anyone uses this, please drop me a line.
If anyone has any experience (and / or other cart suggestions), please feel free to email / PM me. Please keep in mind that we are a fairly large store in our field (almost 12k+ in stock items on the site; and we usually add 100-200 per week) so we can't roll with one of the lower-end / free commerce offerings that can't handle the amount of products / traffic.
also - if anyone has any suggestions for a host that offers reliable dedicated win2003, ms sql, .net hosting, management / backups, etc etc - please feel free to email as well because I can't make heads or tales of all the arguments on here since I can't tell who's the actual users and who's the resellers trying to make a buck.
thanks for the sticking around this far -