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+ - Best way to sell 100 widgets on the internet?

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Ramses0
Ramses0 writes "I've got an idea to sell something on the internet that's not a T-Shirt. What's the most efficient way to get an e-commerce and inventory for a single item type sale? I've worked with Yahoo! Stores in the past and they seem to have a reasonable package for a medium-size store (as a bonus they let people buy with PayPal), but it costs money to get started and are a bit complicated for selling just one item.

Ideally I'd put up a store in advance, take orders for a bit (with the advisio that it'd take a few weeks before they started shipping), get the items manufactured, then ship. Otherwise I can take on the risk of manufacturing the lowest quantity (~250) of items and hope that I fulfill enough orders to cover costs of manufacturing and/or whatever other costs are involved.

It'd be totally awesome if there was a site out there that said: "Tell us how many widgets you have, we'll take orders / process credit cards / paypal up to your inventory, and let people sign up for a waiting list in case you plan on doing a second manufacturing run."

I don't want to go through all the trouble of merchant accounts, or doing a bunch of grunt-work on the web (do enough of that during my day job). CDBaby's physical CD sales seems about the right level of effort, but are there other services out there that are good for selling things other than CD's?"
Java

+ - GNU Classpath responds to Sun OpenJDK

Submitted by
Mark Wielaard
Mark Wielaard writes "Ever since Sun announced they would release all of their Java ME, SE and EE implementations under the GPL people wondered what the reaction of the existing libre java community would be. The FSF was very positive about the move in their press release. Now the GNU Classpath developers have responded. The GNU Classpath 0.93 "Dreamland" release notes show their reaction is to produce lots of new code (nio for Darwin/BSD, Swing HTML support, Corba, Graphics2D through Cairo, plus screenshots) and has a lot of postive reactions from their developers (plus some from gcj, kaffe, ikvm, etc.) on the OpenJDK announcement. Seems this might turn out to be a very positive and constructive cooperation. Maybe this will make Java a first class programming language for GNU/Linux next year?"

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then a consensus forecast is a camel's behind. -- Edgar R. Fiedler

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