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Paul, the way I look at it is this: For the current site I’m working on, we will almost certainly not be using Magento. This is simply because we need the site to be production ready pretty soon here, and it doesn’t look like Magento is gonna be able to handle our main products (all of which are highly configurable) any time soon.
However, for future projects, I would definitely consider Magento. No one says that just because you use a specific cart software on one of your sites, you have to become an “expert” at that particular software. That’s the difference between being a business owner and manager, and being a one man show. There will always be someone to hire to become an expert, or who already is an expert, at what ever shopping cart software you are considering. Hell, there are even firms (Varien included) that will take on an entire project and build a site from scratch for you, albeit for a hefty price.
I think, at some point in time, each of us has to ask ourselves, what are we? Do we want to be the guy at the top of the ladder who is directing everything, or do we want to be the guy who goes down into the trenches to meticulously handle each and every detail. There’s really no right answer, as it completely depends on your business model and the plan you’ve drawn out for yourself.
We already have a few sites up and running on a production level, and are simply looking at bringing another one up. Magento was considered for the site, but due to the lack of complicated attribute handling, it is being pushed back in the (short) list of candidates. Personally, I like what Magento has to offer. I think it’s a clean layout and uses a lot of cutting edge techniques. Because of that, I’ve spent some time in the trenches, looking at the ins and outs of Magento. Would I continue to do that? Probably not.
At this point, I’m most likely gonna use another shopping cart software for my current project, and take a look at Magento periodically to see if its feature set continues to improve. Will I consider it for future projects? Most certainly. Hell, I plan on keeping a Magento site online just to see how it does in the search engine listings and how its conversion rates stack up.
I would like to echo your sentiments, it is most certainly not ready for the big league. However, it has more promise than anything out there right now.