On my site I want to offer a few (less than 10) free and paid downloadable products.. I would like to use an e-commerce program so that I can collect the payment for the paid downloads and track who has downloaded the free items without needing a different plugin to manage the free products.
Seems like none of the WordPress e-commerce plugins properly support free downloadable products. WP E-Comerce is no exception.. The manner in which free or paid downloads are handled is done using the most awkward and inconvenient workflow.
The WP e-commerce program requires the shopwoner to accept the payment before the download is made available to the buyer. This makes NO sense -- if the product is free or paid via PayPal, or Authorize.net (where the payment receipt can be confirmed), the plugin should make the download immediately available. For small sops this may not present an issue, but for busy shops this adds an extra step that shopowners should NOT have to make.
Other standalone e-commerce programs support this very type of workflow. It's too bad that WP e-commerce does not..