Module 4: e-Commerce
The Internet has revolutionized our ideas of a market for goods and services. The geographic restrictions that may have limited sales in the past are no longer relevant in many cases. Inputs can now be purchased from several states away or even other countries. Better, a farmer can use the Internet to market and sell products, whether they produce milk, corn, or goat cheese. The process of buying and selling on the Internet is generally referred to as "e-commerce."
Our focus in this module will be on those issues related to making the transaction on the Internet. Most people understand that being able to sell your products to anyone at anytime is a major potential benefit of using the Internet. But unless they have done it before, few know how to use the Internet as a sales tool.
Indeed, many businesses use their websites as the primary electronic means for generating sales. Although it may not be obvious, there are a few different ways to make sales on your website. You might also find that making sales through a third-party website works best for your business. This section provides an overview of the methods that you could use to make sales on the Internet.