I am starting to sell patterns, and I am trying to decide if I should put them on a different site or keep them on the same. Pro/cons/ thoughts?
The patterns are geared towards wholesale, not individual patterns. Patterns are PDF downloads, not physical goods.
There are two options: my current shopping cart, or another cart that specializes in downloads.
Current cart is tricky since people have to sign in and get approved for a wholesale account, and you don't see the wholesale discount until you check out. This would be ok, but I don't want people buying the patterns THEN realizing they could have gotten them half off, or thinking the patterns are too $$. Also can accept more payment types.
Separate cart: Ability to do affiliate and designer reimbursement, which would be a huge pain with current cart alone (I don't want yarns to be affiliate, wholesale discount + affiliate would = very very little money, if any made), but could be confusing since it is two carts on the same website. Has to be built up much more up hand, and adding designs in larger quantity later could be a pain, but could always move patterns to separate site later.
pro- the patterns are somewhat separate from my yarn, I don't want yarnies to think I am selling them to sell my own yarn only.No confusion with different carts
con- search engine traffic, having to build the site, site would be a different name (which I already own). Good for if I wanted to add other people's patterns later.
eta: the shopping cart system i am adding in is the same on Chic Knits
There is actually option 3: use just Ejunkie
, but that would be a TOTAL PITA for yarn.