Despite the global economic problems, the Internet continues to grow with each day, and this opens doors to people who are willing to spend some time and money to try starting an online store. Some will succeed, some may fail, but if you do things right, your chances are higher than in the “real world,” at least that’s how I see it. While I won’t say anything about the market niche to choose, today I will point you to a free shopping cart script that will surely help you keep your budget as low as possible…


… but without going for some dark e-commerce script nobody heard of, because TomatoCart is based on the popular osCommerce package and, despite of that, it took over a year of development and testing until the first public release came out. When compared to its “parent,” this application has completely new front and back-end, with the last one using a desktop-style ExtJS-based interface.

Obviously, there’s no restriction on the type of goods you can sell using TomatoCart (there are laws to do that…), and the long list of features includes wishlists, gift certificates, quantity-based discounts, and so on. For the full list, please take a look at this page.

TomatoCart is available in multiple languages, and if yours is not available, you can help out by translating it. To run this on your server, you’ll need at least PHP 5.1.6 and MySQL 4.1.13/5.0.7. Oh, yeah, one more thing – ready for a demo? Go here and use “admin” as user and password (or take a look here for the front-end). That’s all, folks!

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