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discojacob

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Personally, I would not...

 

1. No SSL is not a big deal assuming you use 3rd party external processors.

2. You haven't done much on the design of the site (or in other words, you don't value your website) - so will you value your customers?

3. Your URL. Get yourself a .com (unless you are only targetting australians)

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I know you say your shipping differs with size and weight, but

What are the average costs?

How long does it take to ship?

WHat are you going to do if the item is lost or damaged?

What is your return policy?

 

Which leads me to your contact page. No info on how it.

How do I contact you?

What is your address?

What is your phone number?

What is your email address?

 

All info I would expect to see.

 

I would get SSL evan if it's a shared one. People want to see the paddalock on the browser.

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Your URL. Get yourself a .com (unless you are only targetting australians)

nothing wrong to be Australian, if he do the business only in Australia!

 

No SSL is not a big deal assuming you use 3rd party external processors.

 

You haven't done much on the design of the site (or in other words, you don't value your website) - so will you value your customers?

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Getting at least a host shared SSL is highly preferred than nothing. They're usually free too! ;)

 

Nice clean layout.

 

Some suggestions -

 

Shipping & Returns:

"Garage Sale Australia only ships to residents of Australia and New Zealand with the exceptions of certain products. Our main shipping method is with Australia Post- Parcel Post. The shipping rate differs with the size and the weight of the item."

Maybe something like this:

At this time Garage Sale Australia only ships to residents of Australia and New Zealand unless other wise stated in product description via Australia Post. (optional)

No sense mentioning by weight or size since that's a normal shipping practice. What's the return policy?

 

 

Privacy Notice:

"Here at Garage Sale we respect your right of privacy. Thats why we are buying a 128bit industry standard encryption commonly known as SSL. We also never give away your information to third party companies."

Maybe:

Here at Garage Sale we respect your right of privacy and will never shall your information to third party companies.

All of your transactions are private and secure as they are processed through a 128bit secured socket layer (SSL).

Don't mention your buying an SSL certificate, just get one, even a free shared one.

 

Conditions of Use:

"Garage Sale Australia is to be used only by residents of Australia that are over 18 unless you were appointed an exception to this rule."

Maybe:

Currently Garage Sale Australia only serves residents of Australia and New Zealand (unless otherwise noted). You must be 18 years or older and be the card holder in order to process orders.

What about a 16 or 17 year old that has their own credit card?

 

Contact Us:

I would suggest adding at least a legitimate mailing address.

Site design suggestion...

 

URL = http://jake.beadneeds.com.au/index.php

ALT for logo = ReensHomewares

Site name = Garage Sale Australia

WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? That would make me leery thinking it's a scam site. Make them all match!

 

Work on the infoboxes. Have all the headers match; either both rounded corners (left & right like the Login) or all straight (like Information). Same for the new products header.

 

Make smaller (file size) thumbnail images. They take forever to load on dialup. Image - SL370621.jpg is causing my browser to stay stuck in loading.

 

:rolleyes:

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2. You haven't done much on the design of the site (or in other words, you don't value your website) - so will you value your customers?

Thanks for constructive criticism but that sounds ridiculous. Im trying my best to make my site (mind you i want it very simple) and just because im not a php expert doesn't mean i dont value my site.

:huh:

Also...

 

This is not my real domain, im sharing a server with someone else and will buy a new domain soon.

What would you change in the design to make it stand out more, keeping in mind that i want it simple and i dont have a theme because i am selling lots of different types of products.

THANKS IN ADVANCE ;)

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Garage Sale Australia only ships to residents of Australia and New Zealand with the exceptions of certain products.

 

I would cut the "with the exceptions of certain products" and concentrate on Australia and New Zealand. I can't imagine someone from Canada ordering an item from a Garage Sale in Australia (if they were a legitimate customer). Then on your Create Account page you can remove all the other countries and add back in the state part and list all the options I think the post office will need such as NSW, etc.

 

I always LOVE this statement "We also never give away your information to third party companies.", if you never give away the info how do you ship the package, let the post office guess the correct address?????? Also you never said you wouldn't sell the information to third parties. If you take a look at our Privacy Notice you will see what should be there to protect yourself and your business.

 

... BUT ...

 

With your business you should really consult a Lawyer because you are not only responsible for the selling of the product (purchaser) you are also representing the Seller as well so you need your Terms and Conditions complete and accurate. What if someone lists a product and sells it, then it is shipped and the buyer says they never received it ... who is responsible??? Look at comparable sites and read their terms and conditions and see what you are missing.

 

I would also add in a shipping estimator or approx cost page as I would not purchase anything without knowing how much shipping will be on top of what the product costs.

 

 

Have you thought about using the Manufacturers box to display products by region such as Sydney, Auckland, Perth, etc. That way if people can browse locally they would be able to bypass the shipping costs and arrange between themselves for pickup. It would lower the costs to your end customers and make your sellers products more attractive price wise.

 

HTH

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