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Shopify vs Big Cartel

Builder LogoBuilder NameMore InfoPricingSupport: PhoneSupport: Live ChatSupport: Email/Help DeskSupport: ForumBuilt-in Credit Card ProcessorsPayment ProcessorsNo Transaction FeesMobile App to Manage StoreExtensions or Add-onsThemes (all have mobile ready themes)Drag & Drop BuilderHostingUnlimited ProductsDigital ProductsPoint of Sale SystemMarketing: Email/NewsletterMarketing: Discount Codes & CouponsMarketing: External Store IntegrationMarketing: Affiliate Program for your StoreMisc
ShopifyVisit Site
Special Offers
Monthly: $9, $29, $79, $17924/7YesYesPaypal, Authorize.net, +70 moreYes, only w/ Shopify PaymentsYesYes, Paid & FreeYes, with Shogun AppYes, IncludedYes Yes, via an ExtensionYes Yes, via an ExtensionYes + Gift CardsFacebook Store, Pinterest Buyable Pins & Twitter Buy TweetsYes, Paid & Free ExtensionsAbandoned Cart Reminder w/ Pro & above
Big CartelVisit Site
Monthly: Free, $9.99, $19.99, $29.99NoNoYes, Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm EST. Light coverage weekends and evenings.Stripe & Paypal. Square Register and cash options via POS appYesYesYesNoYes, IncludedNo, each plan has a product limit. (look in Misc for more info)Yes w/ their integrated sister-serviceYes, iOS appNoYesFacebook TabNo, but OSI has a solution Click here for info

Scoreboard

Pricing: bigcartel logo
Support Phone:shopify logo
Support Live Chat:shopify logo
Support Email/Help Desk:shopify logo
Support Forum:shopify logo
Built-in Credit Card Processors: Tie
Payment Processors:shopify logo
No Transaction Fees: Tie
Mobile App to Manage Store: Tie
Extensions or Add-ons: Tie
Themes (all have mobile ready themes): Tie
Drag & Drop Builder:shopify logo
Hosting: Tie
Unlimited Products: Tie (Shopify does the same thing with its packages but ultimately has an unlimited option. I’m just calling a tie.)
Digital Products: Tie
Point of Sale System: Tie
Marketing: Email/Newsletter:shopify logo
Marketing: Discount Codes & Coupons: Tie
Marketing: External Store Integration:shopify logo
Marketing: Affiliate Program for your Store:shopify logo
Misc: N/A

Ties:

Big Cartel wins: 1

Shopify wins: 9

Winner!

Shopify

Big Cartel’s target audience is creators, artists, etc. Their goal is to provide an easy and highly unique online storefront. This is fine and dandy but you can also do the very same things with Shopify. You should also keep in mind that if or when your online store starts booming and you start to get more demand you won’t have as many features available to you on Big Cartel that you would on Shopify to maximize your revenue and retain your customers.

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