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If you are thinking about purchasing off-the-shelf shopping cart software as a boxed or custom shopping cart software solution, rather than a web-based or remotely hosted shopping cart software model, you should absolutely be able to answer yes to the following questions:
* Do I want to take the time to install and support a locally hosted shopping cart software solution?
* Does my commercial web host allow installation of a locally hosted shopping cart software solution?
* Do I want to shop on my own for a shopping cart merchant account, payment gateway, marketing and CRM software, and any other pieces I need to create a complete shopping cart software solution?
Boxed shopping cart software and custom solutions can be perfect for a company with the time and experience to make the software do exactly what the business needs it to do. But unless you answered yes to all above questions, it might not be right for your ebusiness.