I am looking for a low cost, low volume, and very simple to setup/use ecommerce solution for a friend to sell home made goods (e.g. photo boards and knitted scarfs). There is likely to be little traffic to the site and I only expect her to sell one or two goods per week.
What I really need, is a solution that I can set up in a day or two and easily show someone who is not an internet guru how to add new products. This does not have to be a free solution, but am looking for something that will have low costs associated with it.
I have had experience with zend cart before, but I get the impression that it has become a little outdated and also requires a lot of setting up.
For simplicity Shopify http://www.shopify.com/ and Interspire http://www.interspire.com/ are the two that immediately come to mind.
Whether they count as low-cost depends on how you're counting. But if time taken to get something presentable up and running is what you're concerned about both do an excellent job.
http://www.opencart.com/ is very easy to setup, very easy to use. Its got a cute little ajax add to cart animation that is very neat.
There are a good amount of plugins for customizing, and you can find decent themes. Everything is customizable so either you or a your developer can make changes.
Also explore www.prestashop.com. Its a nice and very easy to use.
Recently featured as the #1 upcoming ecommerce solution.
Or alternatively how about an Ebay store, or simply setting up a normal basic webpage then adding Paypal 'buy now' buttons.
They guys behind Flavors.me have created Goodsie, an eCommerce solution aimed to be super simple, easy to set up and use, and well designed from the get go. http://goodsie.com/ Shopify is of course also a great competitor in this space and well worth checking out