Here’s a list of shopping carts and some of their plusses and minuses. Please feel free to add to the discussion in the comments.
This is the hosted version of the Interspire shopping cart. Allows you to sell on eBay and Facebook. You can also drive PPC traffic from sites like Beso, BizRate, MySimon, NexTag, PriceGrabber, Shopping.com and Shopzilla. Overall, BigCommerce is a very robust solution.
As of July 1st 2012, Interspire will cease selling licenses. They are redirecting everyone to their hosted solution BigCommerce.
Shopify charges for each transaction, which I guess is ok if you’re selling big ticket items. But if you’re selling $10-$20 items, these charges can really start to add up.
Based on OS Commerce Shopping Cart, Zencart has a reputation for being nearly inscrutable and difficult to work with.
- UltraCart has a 1-click upsell system that is very advanced. It allows you to do downsells and you can also split test different paths along with different prices. You can even have unique upsell paths for every product in your catalog.
- Their software is constantly being updated.
- Their support team can be reached by phone. With any shopping cart, this is what you’re really paying for. What good is having a cart if no one is there to pick up the phone when something goes wrong.
They are practitioners of the hard sell as far as getting you setup. They will upsell you on extras, and I’ve heard of some people getting less than they were actually promised.
- Targeted towards marketers and those who want to run things like CPA offers.
- “Call us for pricing”, which in 2010 was $3,500 setup fee and $800/month.
- If you want to see who else is in this space, check out what http://revguard.net lists on their webpage as partners that they work with.
A free shopping cart for Joomla, unfortunately it’s bloated.
Free, pretty fast shopping cart. It’s essentially a one-man project, so I wouldn’t expect great support for it.
Costs $14K year, and the free version lacks PA-DSS compliance.
Infusionsoft is a fairly expensive solution (besides monthly costs, you have to pony up at least $2,000 to take a class on how to use the system). I will say that if you want to analyze sales funnels (such that you can follow customers all along your sales funnel), Infusionsoft is one of the more robust solutions out there.
If your product catalog is less than say 50 items, use PayPal Merchant ‘Buy Now’ buttons…they are free and PayPal doesn’t have a monthly usage charge. Generally, if you’re doing less than $2,000 a month in sales, I would stick with Paypal.
The CS-Cart shopping cart does well when working with dropshipping suppliers and doing things like recalculating shipping costs based on the supplier. It does have bugs, so you may want to look into another shopping cart like x-cart, oscommerce or suncart if it doesn’t play well with your site. If you don’t have a big catalog and don’t want to bother with hosting costs or getting an SSL certificate, then try something like Shopify instead.
This is a Lituanian based company, so tech support may be spotty (they also have a community forum but that obviously can be hit and miss). The shops it creates look fairly ugly right out of the box.
- Integrates with WordPress. That’s going to be a big deal for lots of people.
- For up to 1000 items it is free and the integration with WordPress is seamless. It works as a plugin so you can use Ecwid with any WordPress theme.
- This is one of the quickest ways to get an ecommerce shop up and running on the WordPress platform.