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Reviews of eCongo turnkey e-commerce service, Nexternal Solution's e-commerce shopping cart system, and SmartAge.com's suite of e-commerce services

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E-service: ECongo.com Inc. is selling a turnkey e-commerce service called eCongo that contains a complete set of tools and services necessary to conduct business online-including catalog building, integrated advertising, payment processing, customer service, fulfillment management, sales reports on every sale and Web site hosting. In addition, the service includes membership in the eCongo Merchant Network, where merchants can trade advertising, share ideas and benefit from the experiences of other online merchants. ECongo charges $59.95 per month for reports and merchant accounts.

Cart logic:Nexternal Solutions offers a low-cost e-commerce system that will give your shoppers the luxury of having their shopping carts onscreen at all times, allowing them to easily make changes to the contents of their carts in real-time. This greatly reduces the number of windows a customer must click through while shopping-they won't have to hit the "refresh" button whenever they want to make a change. The e-commerce feature is free for the first month of operation; after that, Nexternal charges a small commission on a monthly basis.

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