A The catalog-website is a site that, in addition to information about the organization, news, articles, also contains a catalog of goods (services). In the catalog each product contains a description, basic and additional images, characteristics. A vivid example of a catalog-website: a catalog of a real estate agency. Each object has several photographs: a facade, an interior, ancillary facilities, and has characteristics: total area, living area, area, etc. Another example: the catalog of organization of the plant of electric generators. Each generator besides the image has the characteristics: voltage, power, etc.
Having visited the site with the catalog, the user can get acquainted with the assortment and choose the desired product (object), and then contact the office and arrange the transaction. On the catalog site, the potential customer only studies the offer and can make a choice. Purchase the same (registration of the transaction), he produces in the store (office) of the company. Thus, the main task of the catalog is to show the offer beautifully and bring the buyer to the office.
The catalog is better used for goods that are relatively expensive and require careful selection. For example, the catalog of finishing materials: the client can get acquainted with the selection of frescoes, plasters, etc., but he must make a purchase in the company store, after the designer has agreed all the nuances, the necessary amount of material will be calculated, the contract is signed. Similarly, with industrial equipment: you will not be able to buy a machine through the Internet, but it is very convenient to compare the characteristics of models, performance characteristics and choose a particular model through the catalog.
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