After years of Trial & Error with various Carts ! >
I am convinced their is NOTHING affordable on the market that has been truly thought out from a Suppliers perspective !
The problems for a “small-time Distributor like us are
- Our Suppliers List Prices are in USD ( International now for Most Countries” for Trading Purposes
Of course as a Distributor we get a Discount Wholesaler Price
This depends on the Product Catagory ( & sometimes Qty Dependant )
WE deal with (currently about 8 Main Supplies and 10-20 others
- Each can have a product list from (single item per Supplier up to 10’s of 1000s item
- Currently our Database lists some 30-50,000 potential items ( separate Cat.#s )
some Practical issues
The OEM Prices generally can change prices, introduce new products or simple update specs & prices,
(usually) Annually sometimes at random !
but The real “bastard Problem - no-one can cope with . . .
- Exchange Rates : In our case USD > AUD can vary +/-5% in weeks Long term 0.46 to 1.15 like a “yo-yo!”
- Australia has been such a “basket case” politically / economically and otherwise over the years / decades
- The daily exchange rate can vary drastically from day-to-day ( and we can cope with that sometimes ?)
But in “melt-down” situations it it Not unusual to get a spread of XR +/- 5% over a few weeks
some Info Links> Freight charges, re Our CT-Prices > XRs; How to place an Order
and ALL according to OUR Trading Trading
( Older Mals ) Cart (2014+) ministe-Chromtech pages ? > but still all good stuff !
UPDATED < Condensed SHOPPE-CT (2020+) & > Current Prices
I am sure it is manipulated by Banks ( THEY are TOO BIG to Fail ! )and miscellaneous “money grubbers””
Extremes have been from 0.47 to 1.15 over the 30+ years Chromalytic has been in business
. . . that is truly crazy stuff ! . . . intolerable !
Of course banks get their extorted commission of 4-5% of each Currency Transaction Buy/Sell plus a Bank Charge ( for Internal of current $25) per transaction
As a small business acting as enforced Tax Collectors for the Feds we are also obligated to add 10% GST to everthing we sell in Australia plus pay GST Up-front on imports
This is supposed to simplify things compared to the historic SalesTax system of years ago
Customers wonder why they can’t buy in AUD the same “$” prices they see on the Web
“FOOLS” just don’t realise these (above) costs involved AND the fact that most Prices listed on the Web
( by Amazon, E-Bay etc ) are ALWAYS in USD and rarely is this prominently displayed
> so BUYER BEWARE AND that Freight (Import) costs are add-on and can be prohibitive by Courier. One takes a big risk using Postal Services
of ANY kind > Anywhere !
Items we Export
No GST Is applicable ( although on Export / Import into Other Countries then their local Tax/Customs Custom Charges also apply
IT IS NIGH ON IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY SHOP Cart to cope let alone Business ACCOUNTING SYSTEMs
Let alone over-Simplistic SHOP CARTS
Chromtech have implemented various prototype Carts ( NOF, WIX, EZWID WordPress) with varying success as prototype / shortcuts or try and simplify the Ordering Process for YOU our customers
Mals Cart is simple enough, powerful and probably one of the better ones
- but not without i’ts’ “foibles”
BUT nothing can cope with the overall complexity Wholesale buying . Import Accounts >
Then WE are faced with the real issue of competitors pirating our database Info In many cases we set ourselves up as a potential target small a we might be ... doing this we would tend to be Market Leaders that the likes of Bunnings even might undercut!