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Qlue Custom 404
This is a well thought-out extension that installs easily and works first time, and could be especially useful to those upgrading sites from J1.5-2.5 (as I am currently doing). If all you want is a good-looking and helpful custom error page, you'll be more than happy with the free version. I paid for the pro version because I wanted the ability to redirect changed URLs to a new page.
Akeeba Subscriptions
I have recently started using the free version of this product to sell subscriptions via HikaShop, having previously used the paid versions of two other popular and well-reviewed membership managers on other sites, one with VirtueMart and one without shop integration. I'm very impressed with this product: it's much easier to set up and use than the others I've tried, the documentation is clear, and the free version does everything that most users will need. Integration with HikaShop was incredibly simple to implement, and everything worked first time. I have never been disappointed by an Akeeba product, and though I don't actually need the extra features, I intend to pay for the professional version of this product in order to support continued development.
Like others here, I had been struggling with VirtueMart 2 for some considerable time when I turned to HikaShop in desperation. What a relief! It's clear and simple to set up, and its layout both looks good straight out of the box and is easier than Vmart's to customise (if you need to). Best of all, though, support via the forum is super-fast and easy to follow. I quickly upgraded to the paid 'Essentials' version because I needed the 'product options' feature for a complex product, but the free version should be fine for most people. I'll be sticking with HikaShop for all future sites.