The first question to ask is wether you need to be building your own or whether you should be using something like Shopify. If Shopify won't do it for you, then it depends upon your prior experience.
I helped build a rather large virtual goods marketplace. We started with Spree but ended up replacing or ditching most of it. Spree does contain some useful modeling of the e-commerce space that has been fairly battle-tested by now. However at the end of the process we concluded that for that particular project, it would probably have taken the same amount of time to start from scratch and gain the knowledge we needed along the way, or to start from Spree, learn it and cut it down to size and modify it.
On Nov 10, 2011, at 10:33 AM, David Henner wrote:
When starting a new e-commerce site is it better to start from scratch or use an open source project?
I'd love to hear the various opinions.
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