Sunday, May 16, 2010

Setting up an ecommerce website

Here's another ecommerce enabler for those of you who would like to set up a site and sell a few pieces, without getting lost in the overall marketplace that is ebay and even etsy these days. It's main focus is artists, but unlike sites like etsy - it is not a portal to a multitude of sellers, so you have less risk of your customers wandering away from your site and off to shop elsewhere.

Big Cartel is a hosted website - so no need for a server or such. They have a free account, which allows you to sell 5 different items - not bad for testing the waters. Their premium account is $20 flat fee per month, and you can have up to 100 items for sale. Think about it - do you actually have more than 100 different handmade items? OK, maybe you do, but lots of us don't! You can use Canadian currency, which keeps your Canadian customers happy, and it uses Paypal to accept payments. Easy peasy, and the people I have talked to who are using it are very happy with it.

1 comment:

jen said...

I've heard of this too. I've been meaning to check it out, and it does seem very easy to use.