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Pre-Holiday Price Drop on Yahoo! Store Design

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Colorado Web Solutions has started a couple of new promotions with our Yahoo store packages for July for merchants looking to have a fresh design in time for the holidays. If you sign up for a new store design this month you can save some serious cash!

Starter Yahoo Stores are as low as $999

During the entire month of July we are offering our Starter Yahoo Store Design Package for as low as $1099.00! The Starter design package is great for companies not looking to break the bank with their first store and it’s also a good choice for those Yahoo store owners that plan on modifying the stores on their own in the future.

Add as added bonus – Our clients that sign up for a paid Constant Contact account for their email management and use Capital Merchant Solutions for their order processing, will receive an additional $100 in savings on their designs. That brings the Starter store down to only $999!

Click Here for full details on our Starter Store Package.

Standard Stores are as low as $1999

Even better – During the entire month of July we are offering our most popular package, the Standard Yahoo Store Design Package for as low as $2099.00. That’s an instant savings of $900 on a design package that will deliver a custom coded, feature packed store! Our Standard package has many great features such as Cross Sell V2 integration, Animated Larger Image Pop-up’s, Custom Checkout and Newsletter sign ups.

Add as added bonus – Our clients that sign up for a paid Constant Contact account for their email management and use Capital Merchant Solutions for their order processing, will receive an additional $100 in savings on their designs. That brings the Standard store down to only $1999! That’s $1000 off our regular Yahoo Store design rates!

Click Here for full details on our Standard Store Package.

Now is a great time to start designing your new store. With an average turn around time of 6-8 weeks, if you start now your store will be ready prior to the holiday season!

Ready to get a quote for your store? Click here to get started!

Have a great week everyone.

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Special Pricing on the New Yahoo Store Floating Cart

Posted on April 12th, 2010 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

UPDATE ON FLOATING CART INSTALLS: We have recently discovered upon installing quite a few of the Floating Carts, that the technology is incredibly buggy and needs improvement from Yahoo! While we still feel that the Floating Cart is a very beneficial tool to use, we are advising all clients to wait to install the Floating Carts until Yahoo! can get the scripts fixed and tested more thoroughly. We are still accepting Pre-orders and will still be honoring our sale pricing, but at this point the floating cart installations have been put on hold. We will update the blog when we resume installations again.

Hi Everyone!

As you’ve probably seen in the last week, Yahoo! Store has released one of their most significant upgrades in the last few years, the new Floating Cart. We’ve been hard at work learning how to use and implement this new technology and we are pleased to announce today a special price on both the basic installation and advanced installation for the entire month of April.

Basic Installation: $200 – During April $125
Advanced Installation: $325 – During April $250

Save $75 on either installation during April!

Ready to get it installed? Fill out this form and we will get you set up quickly!

What is the Basic Installation of the Floating Cart?

The basic installation of the new Yahoo! Store floating cart will be added directly above your site’s wrapper in the top right corner. We will customize the colors to match your site perfectly and assist you in setting up the options and features.

How much does the Basic Floating Cart Installation Cost?

The basic Installation will be priced at $200 starting in May, but for the entire month of April, we are offering a $75 early bird discount bringing the total cost to only $125!

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What if I want my floating cart integrated directly into my site?

We are also offering an Advanced Installation of the Floating Cart that will integrate the floating cart directly into your site. An example of advanced integration would be replacing the “My Shopping Cart” link within your stores design with the new floating cart.

How much does the Advanced Floating Cart Installation Cost?

The advanced Installation will be priced at $325 starting in May, but for the entire month of April, we are offering a $75 early bird discount bringing the total cost to only $250!

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We are very excited about this new technology from Yahoo! Merchant Solutions and we are ready to install it on your site! If you are not familiar with the new Floating Cart yet, Yahoo! has posted a detailed blog post about it here.

As always, if you have any questions, please let us know! We are here to help.

Remember, this special pricing is only valid during the month of April, so don’t delay!

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Colorado Web Solutions launches Yahoo Store Image Peeler

Posted on April 8th, 2010 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Colorado Web Solutions is pleased to announce the release of our newest service, the Yahoo! Store Image Peeler. If you’d like to read the details of this service, we’ve got it all outlined here.

To give you a quick summary, our Image Peeler service is designed to go into your Yahoo! Store, download every single product image active in your store, rename them with the correct formatting (Item ID Code based for CSV uploads) and then deliver a single zipped file straight to your inbox. The service costs $225 and is typically delivered within 24 business hours.

The Image Peeler is perfect for stores that are switching from Manual Item Additions to a CSV upload, for merchants who want to edit all of their product images in bulk, for store owners who want to keep a backup of all of their product images, for merchants opening a second (or third!) Yahoo! Store and even for merchants looking to expand their store to additional platforms. Any of these scenarios would traditionally require hours and hours of work for merchants, but with the introduction of the Colorado Web Solutions Image Peeler, it’s all automatic and perfect each time. Could be the best $225 you spend on your store this year.

If you have any questions about the Yahoo! Store Image Peeler or if you would like to sign up for an Image Peel, please let us know. We’re here to help.

Have a great Thursday everyone.

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Do you Ship to Colorado? Merchant Advisory

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

As the owner of a small business in Colorado I am downright ashamed by the new tax laws that were just passed in Colorado. The Colorado government has decided that small businesses should be punished not only in the state but also out of the state. We have been very active in writing letters and campaigning but it has been met with greedy, deaf ears. This new law is effecting our business as well as thousands of others in the state. Regardless of what your opinion is, it’s the new law for now, so we will all have to comply.

Personally, if I were a small business owner not based in Colorado, I would seriously consider not offering shipping to Colorado because of this law. In a nut shell for retailers, the Colorado Government thinks that it is the merchants responsibility to be able to provide sales summaries for EVERY Colorado Customer annually to each individual customer (not the state) so that they can file their taxes. It’s a complete joke of a law.

This article was provided by Yahoo! Small Business and covers everything in full. If you have any questions, consult your tax adviser. Good luck Colorado… This could be a rough one…

If any members of the Colorado Government that voted for this law are reading this blog, I challenge you to defend yourself to our retailers. This is a sad excuse of a law and the desperation to collect revenue is only going to bite you in the ass.  It’s sad to me that the state that originally encouraged exploration, self sufficiency, entrepreneurs and creativity is now a state that does not support small businesses or their customers.

Matt Sampson | CEO | Colorado Web Solutions

The following information is provided as a courtesy to our merchants. The tax law information may not be an accurate description of Colorado tax law requirements and, as such, should not be relied upon as advice on how to comply with tax laws. Merchants are urged to seek their own counsel on this and all tax matters. The intent of this article is to provide our merchants who are subject to the new Colorado tax law with technical instructions that may facilitate merchants’ compliance with some of the requirements of the new law.

Recent legislation in Colorado places new obligations on companies that do not collect Colorado sales tax. Certain exceptions do apply. For detailed information about these requirements, merchants should consult with their tax advisors. Merchants may access a copy of the new regulation on the Colorado Department of Revenue web site. A recent article from E-Commerce Times provides a summary of the new requirements.

Among the new obligations is a requirement that merchants provide notice to certain customers of such customers’ obligations with respect to sales tax. In connection with this new obligation, our merchants may wish to include the notice during checkout, either on the Billing Information page (the Shipping & Billing Information page for merchants using a single-page checkout flow), the Order Review page, or on the Order Confirmation page. To add this information:

  1. In the Page Configuration section of Checkout Manager, select the tab for the page you wish to add this notice to.
  2. Enter the required notice information in the Page Message field. Please consult with your tax advisor and see the Colorado Department of Revenue web site for details of the information to be included here.
  3. Save your changes, and publish your Order Settings.

If you do not wish for this notice to appear to all customers, you may instead wish to add JavaScript code to your pages to detect a Colorado billing address, and to display this notice only upon a Colorado billing address being provided.

For more information about adding custom information to checkout pages, please see the Customizing a Specific Page section in Checkout Manager help.

Also among the new obligations is the requirement that merchants distribute annual information statements to their Colorado customers. In connection with such annual information statements for Colorado customers, Merchant Solutions Standard and Professional merchants who use Order Manager may wish to export their orders to search or sort orders by state. Merchants who use third-party order processing solutions may wish to use export, search, or sort capabilities available within the application being used.

Yahoo! Small Business recommends that you consult with your tax advisor with respect to the new law. We hope that the information we’ve provided here is helpful to those of our merchants who are subject to the new Colorado tax law. For more information on the new Colorado tax law, please read the E-Commerce Times article and visit the Colorado Department of Revenue web site.

Jennifer Farwell
Yahoo! Small Business
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Yahoo! Store Upgrade List for October 2009

Posted on October 12th, 2009 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Yahoo! Small Business released some minor upgrades this weekend and we wanted to let you know about them. The most signifigant of these changes is the automatic display of cross sell items on products that are not orderable. This is a fantastic way to steer your customers to products that you do have in stock and if you have activated your cross sell features, your store will take care of this with no effort on your part. (if you have not activated Yahoo! Store Cross Sell yet, you can read more here)

Here is the entire release and information directly from the Official Yahoo! Store Blog:

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Opening a Niche Yahoo! Store Webinar

Posted on October 5th, 2009 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Colorado Web Solutions will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Yahoo! Merchant Solutions Small Business Webinar called “Preparing for the Holidays – Opening a Niche Store” this coming Wednesday the 7th of October. The webinar is open to all Yahoo! Store merchants but geared toward those stores with sales up to $500k annually. We hope to see you there!

Here’s the release from Yahoo! as well as the registration links.

October 7, 2009

Preparing for the Holidays — Opening a Niche Store
11:00am-12:00pm PT / 2:00-3:00pm ET
Open that new store you’ve always wanted, or create a special online store for your most gift-ready products. Learn how to create niche stores just in time for the holidays and other marketing tips to prepare for the busiest time of year. (You can also receive free subscription for 3 months and special discounts from our developer partners for your new store – we’ll review the details!)

Register Now for this Webinar!

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Introducing the Yahoo! Store Promotion Manager

Posted on September 17th, 2009 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Have you ever wished that your Yahoo! Store’s coupon manager was a little more robust? I would assume that if you have a Yahoo! Store that does any sort of promotional marketing your answer is YES!

Well, we have the perfect service for you now!

I am very happy to announce that Colorado Web Solutions has partnered with a brand new service called the “Promo Manager“. The Promo Manager is one of the  most advanced technologies we’ve seen for Yahoo! Stores in quite a while. Take everything you know about Yahoo! Stores limited coupon and promotions functionality and throw it out the window. This is a whole new ball game. Yahoo! Merchant Solutions recently upgraded their coupons, but this is leaps and bounds above the built in technology.

Imagine being able to quickly and effortlessly offer a campaign that offers “Happy Hour Specials”. Let’s say you want to offer your customers a 10% discount on everything they purchase between 10 am and 2 pm on Tuesdays. You can do that! How about offering free shipping on certain days? You can do that too! Want to reward local customers? How about setting up a promotion where all orders shipping to your home state get a free hat with their order? You can also do that!

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New Yahoo! Store Book features Colorado Web Solutions

Posted on September 10th, 2009 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

yahooincomebookLast week a new book on Yahoo! Stores was released and Colorado Web Solutions was one of the selected few featured Yahoo Store designers. The book is called Yahoo Income: How Anyone of Any Age, Location, And/Or Background Can Build a Highly Profitable Online Business with Yahoo and was written by Sharon L. Cohen.

In addition to featuring Colorado Web Solutions, the book also featured three of our clients. Congratulations to, and for wonderful reviews.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, please click here to buy it directly from

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Yahoo! Store Design Discount Options Announced

Posted on August 13th, 2009 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

I wanted to take a moment and let you know about an exciting new offer we launched today for Yahoo! Store Design. For a limited time, Colorado Web Solutions is offering Yahoo! Store owners a choice as to what kind of discount they would like to receive when they sign up for one of our Standard Yahoo! Store Design Packages. Starting today, there will be two great options:

1) Save $500 Immediately off your bill, or
2) Receive $700 in credit to use on extra enhancements for your store!

The choice is yours! Some Yahoo! Store owners are looking to save as much as they can and other Yahoo! Store owners want to get the most for their money and enhance their Yahoo! Stores. Now both groups can get exactly what they want!

We’ve posted all of the details about the program on our site in our newly launched Discounts & Promotions Page, so if you are interested in participating in this limited time promotion, please head over to to get all the information.

If you are searching for a Yahoo Store Developer or a Yahoo Store Designer, Colorado Web Solutions is your perfect match and now you can save even more when you sign up.

Thank you everyone and have a great week.

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Yahoo! Store Blog’s Finally Get Upgraded

Posted on August 11th, 2009 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

This morning I received an email from Yahoo! Merchant Solutions that made me very happy. Finally the Yahoo! Store blog platform (WordPress) is getting updated to the newest platform (2.8). We have been working with the new platform for quite a while now and we are extremely impressed with it. Blogging has never been easier and WordPress is the best option for Yahoo! Store owners who are ready to start blogging. If you need any help setting up your blog, we do offer a variety of solutions (Basic & Advanced), so feel free to contact us for a quote.

Here is a copy of the email that came from Yahoo! Small Business regarding the WordPress Blog Upgrade.

Important: We will soon upgrade your WordPress blog.

Dear Yahoo! Small Business customer,

We are writing to inform you of a critical issue related to the WordPress blog(s) you activated in your account using the tools in your Web Hosting Control Panel.

We have become aware of security vulnerabilities in WordPress version 2.0.2. To prevent hackers from exploiting these vulnerabilities and potentially damaging your blog or web site, we will soon upgrade all Yahoo! Small Business WordPress blogs running version 2.0.2 to the more secure version 2.8.

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