Would you recommend hosting this eCommerce site / webstore on WordPress.com or with WordPress.org and an external host?
Raincoaster just mentioned on another thread I started that "at WordPress.com you cannot sell items you yourself do not produce unless you have the $300 a year business upgrade. I think what you need is hosting at an external site and software from WordPress.ORG, which comes at a minimum of $120 a year plus domain cost plus theme cost."
Would what you save upfront with WordPress.org cost more time, money and effort in initial need for a WordPress developer, theme, and WordPress developer from time to time to perform upgrades and site maintenance?
Some info I've been able to find on another site, please tell me if you agree:
-10 man-hours to get this eCommerce site up at about $20/hour for WordPress developer on oDesk or other freelancer site (I'm assuming this is for a WordPress.org site though the poster didn't specify)
- $40 for a theme
-WooCommerce for the store (which should be good for about 500-1000 products which is way more than I need)
-a plugin for adding affiliates
-Yoast plugin for SEO.
-Typical maintenance issues are plugin or theme conflict which aren't common, and with a good install, you can upload or modify your content from the WordPress admin panel without a developer, and should not need any external maintenance.
-In the case you do need an occasional help, it should not take more than a man hour at $20.