I have been designing an E-commerce platform where users will be able to buy Apps from the marketplace.

I had thought of placing "My Cart" links in a number of places, such as:

  1. Docked widget in the site which follows the user throughout the website.
  2. In one of the sidebars. Left/Right
  3. In the header as a pull down widget.

And I decided on placing it in the header.

But are people used to seeing "My Cart" options in the header?

This should be the flow

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In an E-commerce site I think it has become so synonymous for users to look in the header for their shopping cart. In this case I would say there there is no need to reinvent the wheel, it works and if you were to place the cart in any other location you may confuse a lot of your users. I believe the way you have it designed in your wireframes is a great and usable experience for anyone. Here is an article written in Smashing Magazine about shopping carts that will give you a little more insight into the shopping experience, http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/07/shopping-carts-gallery-examples-and-good-practices/


Yes, people are used to seeing a basket or a trolley symbol in the top right of their screens on e-commerce applications. It doesn't matter whether you use a trolley or a basket, as both are clearly understood.

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I've had some experience with sites that have tried to be original and place the trolley / basket somewhere else, and every time it was confusing and frustrating. Stick to what we know works unless you have a fantastic reason not to.

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