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Top 14 Ecommerce Platform For Startups

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    Top 14 Ecommerce Platform For Startups

    Let’s look at some of the most popular ecommerce platforms we integrate with, to give you an idea of each one’s features and benefits. There are multiple advantages for all of the platforms listed, but, when choosing which of them you want to use, think of how each of their features would fit your needs and what would work best for the kind of business you’re setting up.
    1. First one is Shopify. Shopify is a very easy-to-use platform. It has quick setup, user friendly interface, great support services and they provide hosting as well. You can customize your store with free or paid themes available through their theme store. You also have the option of live shipping rates. You can enable them for free if you’re an Advanced plan user on Shopify. But it also works with other Shopify plans, if you contact their customer support and ask them to enable Printful’s live rates for $20 per month. It’s also an easy to use platform for YouTubers, since it’s one of their approved sites. They do have a recurring fee starting at $29 and transaction fees per sale.
    So, the pros - there’s minimal tech experience needed, it’s a fully hosted service and it lets you set up a fully-featured customizable store with minimal hassle. It’s easy-to-use for YouTubers. Shopify’s Advanced plan users can enable Printful’s live shipping rates for free.

    Cons - it has recurring subscription and transaction fees. If you’re not an Advanced plan user on Shopify, Printful’s live shipping rates cost you $20 per month.

    2. Etsy is a trusted, well-known global marketplace that's ideal for creatives looking to reach a large audience of more than 30 million active buyers. Etsy is also a great choice for YouTubers - it’s one of their approved merch sites as well.But it has rules for its sellers and since it’s a ready to use marketplace it has limited customization options. It’s free to set up, but there’s a $0.20 cost to publish products and a 3% fee for all transactions.

    The pros: it’s a globally recognized, ready-to-use marketplace. It’s free to set up and easy to use. It’s a YouTube approved merch platform.

    The cons: there's a 3% fee on all transactions. It also costs $0.20 to list products, which have to be renewed every 4 months.

    3. Amazon. Amazon is one of the largest online marketplaces in the world and our integration lets you sell to a huge customer base in multiple regions, for example, North America and Europe.To connect Amazon with Printful, you need a professional seller's account that has a monthly fee of $39.99, And it also has referral fees for each item sold leading up to 15%. You don’t need tech experience to set up, but there are multiple complex and time consuming steps you need to follow through before connecting to Printful, and Amazon also has strict rules on your account performance (regarding late shipments, order defect and cancellation rate), so maintaining the account after setting up takes a lot of work.

    The Pros: The set-up might take a while, but it puts your product on one of the largest marketplaces in the world. You don’t need to set up hosting.

    The Cons in this case: It has Monthly subscription fees and recurring referral fees. You have to take multiple steps before you can start selling and a lot of effort goes into maintaining your stores performance after the set-up.

    4. Woocommerce. is a free plugin for WordPress blogs. WordPress is a popular content management system, so your store is built on a solid base. Woocommerce is customizable, has great support, and also enables Printful’s live shipping rates, but make sure you have some tech skills, as you’ll need to set up your own hosting.

    The Pros: it’s a free platform, not counting hosting fees. It’s an ideal choice if already using Wordpress. And it lets you set up a fully-featured, customizable store. You also have the advantage of Printful’s live shipping rates. But you’ll need some tech skills needed to set up your own hosting.

    5. Squarespace: is a widely popular, design-oriented platform known for simplistic, minimal, and fully responsive website themes. They offer an array of Marketing tools and resources. It also offers 24/7 community support. The Printful integration is only available for “Advanced” plan users. And prices for this plan start at $40/month. Printful’s product push generator is not available for this integration, so you’ll have to upload and sync your products with Pritnful manually.

    The Pros: it’s an ideal platform for creating visually appealing and modern online stores with a wide range of customizable themes. It has helpful community support and marketing tools.

    The Cons: There’s a subscription fee for the Advanced plan needed to integrate with Printful. There’s no product push generator with Printful, so you’ll have to upload and sync your products manually.

    6. Bigcommerce enables multi-channel selling. Along with your Bigcommerce store you can also sell on other marketplaces and social sites like Facebook or Pinterest. It’s easy to use, it has 24/7 support and also provides hosting. Monthly subscriptions start at $29.95.

    The pros: It’s a fully hosted service and lets you easily create a featured store and sell on other platforms as well.

    And the Con: It’s got recurring subscription fees.

    7. Storenvy. is based around their own Storenvy marketplace. It’s free to set up your store and it’s hosted as well. You can customize your store manually or with Storenvy’s pre-existing themes. Storenvy focuses on social sharing and the marketplace aspect is a great way to increase your discoverability. If your products are sold through the marketplace, Storenvy takes a 10% commision.

    The Pros for this platform: It’s a free ecommerce platform. It’s a hosted service and it creates a fully featured store in a marketplace straight away.

    Con: Commission fees on marketplace sales.

    8. Tictail. is a free and the platform is simple to use. You can quickly create a minimalistic store with a customizable design on a marketplace with modern, minimalistic design. Tictail provides hosting for you and it's free, but its feature set can be limiting, there aren’t many store layout themes to choose from and a large part of their most popular apps need to be paid for and come with a monthly subscription.

    The Pros: It’s a free, very easy-to-use platform with a ready-to-use marketplace. There’s minimal tech experience needed. And it has a very quick set-up time.

    The Cons: It has a limited choice of store layout themes and has possible extra costs for paid apps.

    9. BigCartel. is an easy-to-use platform that focuses on artists. It’s simple to set-up your store and it’s totally free with up to five items in your store. So, if you’re only selling small scale, it’s an ideal option. To increase your product amount and add extra features, you can pay for a subscription, starting starting at $9.99. BigCartel also provides hosting. It’s an attractive option for YouTubers as one of their approved merch sites. But through this platform you won’t be able to use Printful’s product push generator and will have to manually add and sync your products.

    So the Pros here: it’s totally free for small scale stores. Easy to use for YouTube merch. There’s minimal tech experience needed. And it allows room for expansion.

    And its Cons: It has a monthly subscription for larger scale stores and you’ll have to manually add and sync products with Printful.

    10. Ecwid works as a shopping cart that you can simply embed in your existing website, social site, marketplace or mobile app and sell on them simultaneously. All your storefronts are synced and can be managed from a single control panel. It’s easy to set up and also provides hosting. And you can also enable Printful’s live shipping rates. But it has recurring monthly fees, based on the plan you choose, starting from $15 per month.

    The Pros: You can sell on multiple platforms and manage them from an intuitive control panel. It also provides hosting and you have Printful’s live shipping rates available.

    The Con for this platform: It has monthly fees starting from $15.

    11. Weebly: it’s an ideal platform for small to midsize businesses with little to no technical experience. It's extremely user-friendly and has one of the best intuitive drag-and-drop site builders on the market. It offers a free plan that lets you create products, but to publish them you have to subscribe to one of its plans for “online stores” with monthly fees starting at $8 and transaction fees for the lower lever plans.

    The Pros for this platform: it’s simple to use and you with a collection of customizable themes and pre-designed page layouts.

    The Cons: It has monthly subscription fees starting at $8 and the lower level plans have an up to 3% transaction fee.

    12. Gumroad doesn’t set you up with a store. It lets you sell products by simply adding a “buy” button on any webpage and creating shareable links for your products. And it’s a YouTube approved merch platform as well. It has a quick set up process, but is limited in customization. Gumroad takes thirty cents plus an 8.5% commision per sale. Or you can get a $10 monthly subscription option that lowers these fees to thirty cents and 3.5% commision.

    The Pros: It easily adds purchase functionality to any site and is a YouTube approved merch site. There’s minimal tech experience needed. And it’s very easy to use.

    The Cons: Recurring commission and possible monthly subscription fees. And it also has limited customization options.

    13. Shipstation. This is a third party app that lets you connect Printful with a whole bunch of other platforms that we can’t otherwise integrate with eBay, Prestashop, Yahoo, Magento, the list goes on. As you can connect with any of its many partners and manage shipping if you’re selling non Printful products, it’s a handy platform, but it has monthly subscriptions depending on order volume.

    The Pros for this platform: You can connect to multiple platforms and organize all your orders from you Shipstation account; The Con here (is that): It has monthly subscriptiosocian fees starting at $9 for 50 shipments per month.

    14. Inktale is a ready to use marketplace with its focus on designs. It’s very easy to navigate - simply upload your design or a photo directly from your instagram, choose products you want the design to be sold on and get a profit once sales roll in. There are no upfront costs, Intkale also covers all customer service and provides you with your sales stats and info about your customers – something other online marketplaces don’t offer.
    Last edited by Adriana Jaycie; 05-04-2018, 07:09 PM.

    If ever I would venture into the e-commerce business, my top pick would always be Amazon. They are years ahead of everyone, is already established, has a ton of users, and has a great system in place. They also have FBA, and as a seller with no logistics background or does not want to be bothered with shipping chores, it's a great plus.


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