Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:19
I have a customer on Prestashop. While it is good for importing CSV's (EASY to do), it does have some preference for France e-commerce instead of US based. With that said, it has not choked on close to 5k products being imported. We had to break them down a bit to reduce server timeouts, but otherwise, it did good. Imported the images direct from a URL which was a Major plus. With Prestashop however, you do have to pay some pretty heavy prices for most of the modules in their marketplace. The customer though that I have will be moving over to Tomatocart soon.
Tomatocart, is a very nice system but has had some issues with their authors, made in China, they have been very silent for a long time, a major concern security wise IMHO. But, they recently spoke up and seem to be moving again. As far as the admin backend, you will find it to be incredibly easy for your client if they like a desktop like Gui. You can even check your store's email inboxes and reply to them from the backend. The client is wanting to use Tomatocart for their admin gui. I also think it will simplify things for them in the long run.
I have tested Zeusecart as well but this time for my personal use and I must say that will be the one I will be using when I have a chance to get to put a store online. (As a hobby for myself and hopefully make some extra $$$ )
You might have to try the carts individually to find the one that works best for your needs. In my client's case, we had to upload 5k images and assign them to the product one-by-one. Was not an option time wise and found that Prestashop Excelled in that area when we pointed to the supplier's images. Tomatocart, failed in that area and in fact choked pretty bad when going into the image directory to browse for the proper image.
One word of note too - is if you have product descriptions which contain HTML in them, not a single one I have tried will import the product descriptions properly when using CSV importing. So, in the long run, even though we avoided going into the product to add the picture, we still had to go in to correct the description, so it took just as long (3 MONTHS with two people working on them about 4 hours a day).