Shopping Cart Comparison

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the features of each cart, and may not be completely up-to-date, however we’ve included the features most often used and requested by our clients. Each cart system is unique and has its own pros and cons. Hopefully this will help you decide what’s best for you.

shopify ecommerce
3dcart platinum design partner
Free Trial AvailableYesYes
Pricing (per month)$29 - $179$19.99 - $129.99
Setup feesNoNo
Transaction feesYes, unless you use Shopify Payments (thru Stripe)No, not on any plan.
Responsive YesYes
Slideshow builderYesYes
Mobile CommerceYesYes
Bonus advertising creditsYesYes
Disk space/storage1GB - UnlimitedUnlimited
Bandwidth (low & high plans)1GB - unlimited2GB - 45GB
Email hostingNoYes
Product limitUnlimited200 for low plan up to unlimited
Gift RegistryAvailable with an appYes
Wish ListAvailable with an appYes
Built-in blogYesYes
Gift cards/certificatesNot on low planYes
# of payment gateways60+140+
Advanced reportsNot on lowest planYes
Loyalty rewards programAvailable with an appYes
Customer reviewsYesYes
Affiliate programAvailable with an appYes
Daily dealsAvailable with an appYes
# of email accountsN/A10 to unlimited
SSL secured checkoutYesYes
Fraud scoreYesYes

Shopping Cart Reviews:

Shopify is very simple and easy to use, but it does not have as many built-in features as 3dcart. But it has a much better app store to add more features, as well as a POS system for those with online and brick-and-mortar stores. Because a lot of features are available as apps and not built-in, your monthly costs can go up quickly because each app typically has a monthly fee associated with it - on top of your base monthly fee. They also have transaction fees if you don’t use their payment gateway, but only on their lowest plan. Shopify is used by many very large companies and has excellent support. Overall, we like working with Shopify the best.

3dcart is easy to use and has a lot of features that usually cost extra on the other cart systems. Things like gift registry, wish list, rewards program, and more are standard in 3dcart whereas they could cost anywhere from $5-$30 each per month using an app on the other cart systems. 3dcart does have an app store, but it’s for more specialized features that typical stores wouldn’t need. One downside is their plan limits for bandwidth and number of products. The number of products usually isn’t an issue for our clients, but stores that eventually become very busy will usually end up on their highest plan due to bandwidth usage. 3dcart’s support is just “ok”, though.

We by no means guarantee the accuracy any of the information provided above. We periodically check features of the cart systems we’ve compared, however we do not know and are not notified each time they may change their prices or service offerings. For current information, check with the provider before signing up for anything.

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