Shopify vs Big Cartel vs Squarespace - Pricing
My friend Gav asked for my advice on hosted e-commerce solutions and thought my reply would be worth popping on the blog in case it is useful to others!
BigCartel is $9.99 (£6~) a month for 25 products, $19.99 (£12~) for 100. No fees except PayPal which is 3.4% + 20p transaction.
Squarespace is $16 (£9.60~) for 20 products, $24 (£14.50~) for unlimited. They use Stripe which is 2.9% + 20p per trans.
Shopify is $29 (£17.50~) for unlimited products + 2% (although I think you can get 1% if you pay for a year up front).
Payment processing depends on who you use:
- Stripe 2.9% + 20p
- PayPal 3.4% + 20p
- WorldPay 1% + 12p
- SagePay £25 per month, no trans fee for first 1000 per quarter then 10p
- Cardstream £18 per month, first 350 trans free then 9.9p fee per trans
Note: you *may* need a merchant account with your bank for WorldPay/SagePay/Cardstream which could mean extra monthly costs/fees.
You need to do some maths, price margins and guesstimates of how many transactions you expect.
Shopify has the greatest flexibility but some startup clients may benefit from Squarespace/BigCartel in the first year or so because of the infrequent nature of orders vs monthly costs/trans fees.
With regards to payment processing, WorldPay offer the best value (but also a fair amount of pain) and Stripe offer the best overall experience. Shopify also supports using PayPal as a secondary way to pay - and, even though PayPal is the devil, customers do tend to like the convenience of paying with it.
I love Shopify but sometimes it is better suited to businesses who have been running for a year or so and get enough orders to justify costs - but this is down to the maths of your business (although they do have a starter plan which is worth a look).
Please note, this information is correct as of date of posting but subject to change!
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The question is really “what do you want to do next?”.
What do you love? What makes you happy?
What makes you get out of bed in morning?
Do the next thing you want to do.
52 animal impressions (using household objects)
52 kind people ‘liked’ my top tip, helping me win the competition - and, by way of thanks, I decided to do an animal impression for each like, on request.
So, here it is - 52 animal impressions; my thank you :)
Animals: Koala, Axolotl, Badger, Bat, Chameleon, Cuttlefish, Dilophosaurus, Elephant, Fish, Fly, Frog, Gecko, Giraffe, Glow worm, Goat, Greater adjutant, Guinea pig, Honeybadger, Hyena, Jellyfish, Killer whale (Orca), Lemur (King Julian), Llama, Mantis, Mantis shrimp, Meerkat, Monkey (Abu), Moose, Muppet (Animal), Naked Mole Rat, Narwhal, Otter, Panda (Kung Fu), Pangolin, Penguin, Pigeon, Rabbit, Seal, Shark-hoover cat, Sheep, Slow Loris, Sparrow, Squid, Stingray, Tapir, Tiger, Tortoise, T-rex, Unicorn, Wolf, Worm, Velociraptor!
Special thanks to…
Camera - Emma Howell
Assistant - Rob Saunders
Additional thanks - Gina Gobetti for her Stingray outfit
Music - Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando performed by The Apollo Symphony Orchestra (Royalty-free)
*Apologies if your animal isn’t here - some just didn’t ‘work’!
UPDATE 1: Some helpful chap recut the video complete with animal photos! Good effort!
New Shopify store for Lido Bristol
Shopify was the ecommerce platform of choice and, having worked with the platform extensively over the past years, I was drafted in to offer some technical consultancy and theme customisation.
Was an absolute pleasure working with Graham and the team at Palace, and great to see the shop finally live - despite Worldpay’s best efforts to the contrary… (but that’s a whole other post!)
Go check out their nice things at www.lido-spa.com