Four seriously good ecommerce solutions

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Thinking of taking the plunge and opening your own ecommerce store? Check out our recommendations and get a heads-up on the best offerings to date...


eCrater is both a free marketplace and online store. It’s the easiest to use of all the ecommerce options we're reviewing, making it perfect for first timers. eCrater doesn’t offer anything new or outrageously cutting edge, but it gives you everything you need to get the job done, including:

  • USPS shipping calculator
  • Tax zones
  • Google checkout support, Money Order, Cashier's Check, COD
  • Up to 10 photos per item
  • Unlimited products
  • Google analytics Support

As for traffic, the eCrater marketplace ranks as the 6,000th most visited site on the net according to Alexa. This means it gets a sizeable chunk of traffic (lots of whom will filter through to stores), although it’s still way behind the likes of eBay which ranks 20th.  Plenty of sellers are making decent sales and many successfully run a number of stores in different niches.

6/10 – An easy, risk-free way for newbies to get started


BuyItSellIt (BISI) is part of the Ink Frog group. Like eCrater, BISI is free, but its offerings are much more sophisticated. Standout features include:

  • An order management system
  • Bulk uploading
  • Several integrated shipping services
  • You can also pay extra to get your own domain name, modify your templates, host digital files (fantastic for sellers of eBooks, audio files etc) and use the excellent Customer Manager tool to set up a customer database and newsletter.
  • Basic traffic stats are also in the offing according to a recent announcement. Sellers will be able to view unique and return visitors, top referrers, search engine referrals, and keywords.

Tip: Like most ecommerce stores, the key to getting lots of traffic to your BISI store is to spend a while optimizing your site for the search engines. For example, Google loathes duplicate content, so don’t use the product description your drop shipper gives you. Rewrite and make it your own.

9/10 – Slick, savvy and professional. Can be as simple or as complex as you choose.

GoDaddy Quick Shopping Cart

GoDaddy is famous for providing cheap domain names and hosting but not so many people are aware of its Quick Shopping Cart (QSC), a hosted e-commerce shopping cart application. Starting from A$12.92/mo (price currency based in your IP address) you’ll get a hosted website, custom design tools, a shopping cart, and the ability to accept payments (although you will need to get a separate SSL Certificate if you want to accept credit card payments). Other features include:

  • Sales and conversion reports
  • UPS shipping integration
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Certified eBay listing & Google Product Search

QSC has received decent marks from third party reviewers, such as TopTen Reviews and PC Mag, and with no transaction fees and a low monthly fee, it’s a good offer, but we didn’t feel it was as nice to use as some of the other options available. 

7/10 – It just doesn’t have the X factor

Auctiva Commerce

We’re still waiting for Auctiva Commerce to launch publicly, and from the sound of it, we could be waiting a while longer until Auctiva iron out all the teething issues. There are over 2,000 AC stores now in existence and some have already started chalking up sales. In theory it all sounds fantastic, but you’ll need to jump on the waiting list to get yourself an invite.

The cost starts at $9.95/mo + small commission on sales. Features include advanced customer management options, such as the ability to issue credits and partial credits, maintain a customer order history, build customer profiles and advanced cross-promotion.

8/10 – The promise is there, let's hope we're not disappointed.

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  • Raul 19th of February
    Thank you for the info. on Bonanzle (I don´t even know how its pronounced). My question is how big is it compared with ebay. Thanks again Raul
  • Dan 19th of February
    This is great! Will be very handy with new niches, so I look forward to seeing and tryout this more.
  • 22nd of February
    im just starting out selling. i've never even sold on ebay. but im gonna try all these and see how it goes. im too scared to try ebay.
  • Nimesh 15th of July
    Nice and Informative one good stuff
  • Alana 5th of January
    Great little list, it is really hard for newbies to start working with ecommerce software and there are so so many programs out there that would be easy starters for them. Glad to see some of them posted. Choosing the shopping cart is just one small part of it and sometimes it can just be so overwhelming to just choose a shopping cart program. BISI has a good reputation although I understand they are going to be charging $20 a month for a store now, I am positive but sounds like that is the word for them. There are hundreds of others out there but you need to know a lot about your business and have a business plan before diving into what cart you need.