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Advice and Bean Updates – New Online Storefront, Quantity Discounts on Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers

We are very happy to announce that we have a new online storefront!  The current one will still work, at least for the foreseeable future, however it just isn’t meeting our needs.  It has a clunky checkout mechanism, was limited to Paypal Checkout which some people didn’t like, and in general was pretty slow.  Our new storefront is available at Discount Mylar Bags.  It has a lot of benefits over our current storefront, including:

  • It’s much, much faster
  • We are able to offer bulk quantity discounts on almost every item (drill down to the item details to see the discounts and quantities for each item!)
  • You can use either Google Checkout or Paypal Checkout now; we received our first orders today and both systems seem to be working
  • The checkout itself is much less painful to use=)
  • We are allowed 5 times as many items as our current shopping cart software, which means you will have access to all of our inventory, instead of bits and pieces because of Godaddy’s 20-item limit (yes, I could have upgraded that with GoDaddy, but with all the other problems with their software, it just never made sense to pay triple to do so)
  • The back end maintenace, order processing systems, and general ease of use seem to be much better, which will allow me to update the store more timely as necessary.
  • Product reviews area are available, plus I will be able to add informational videos about each item, which I hope to start doing soon! 

I hope all that means a better experience for our customers.  In honor of the grand opening, we are offering a 15% off coupon for those of us who shop early while their still might be some hiccups with the new system.  The Coupon Code is ‘Test15′.  I’ll be offering a special 1-use 25% coupon to the first 25 customers who shop the store and provide feedback about the new site at admin@adviceandbeans.com:  what they like, what they don’t, any errors encountered, etc.

In order to accomodate the different items we are now offering, I was unable to do a blanket free shipping model (because now you can order 1 Mylar Bag if you want and aren’t limited to certain quantities).  So what we are doing is offering free shipping on all orders over $50.  However, we’ll also be doing free shipping on the combo-packs of Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers we have available at the Original Store, so nothing should change for most customers and you will still get free shipping on any of the quantities we offered before.

For those interested, the store is powered by Big Commerce.  I’m not sold that it is the best e-commerce solution, but for now it should help us expand our offerings and provide better service to our customers.

I hope you’ll come by and see us!  Again, our new store is open at Discount Mylar Bags.

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