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Opening an Online Shop For Free

Techstination feature for Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Everybody's got a little entrepreneur deep down inside. Remember that lemonade stand? Well, if you are ready to try it again cyber-style, a site called will let you get started for free. Excite's Dan Odette...

"We've taken all of our experience at building professional ecommerce sites, that include things like a virtual shopping cart, cash register, great Web design pages, that sort of thing, and we've encapsulated it into a package that we really think anybody can log in and use. You don't need any special software. All you need is a browser and Internet connection to come to our site and start the process."

The site can be up in minutes... or take more time with the design if you prefer...

"We have built the product in such a way that you don't need to have any experience in programming or HTML or anything technical to get a pretty good Web store up and running."

It will cost extra for you to accept credit card payments and there are upgrade charges once you reach the one hundred transaction level. Amazon had the best offer going with its Zshops, but recently added a forty dollar a month fee. The idea behind is to give everyone a chance to build it... .and see if those e-shoppers will come. You can find us on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.