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3dcart

5 Ratings

Shopify Plus

27 Ratings

3dcart

5 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

Shopify Plus

27 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

3dcart

3dcart is well suited to getting a site up and running quickly with shopping cart capabilities. The merchant account set up was easy and there are inventory and shipping capabilities, as well. It is a very powerful tool for a small business without full time IT support on staff. While I did not have many products, it seemed like a merchant with a large inventory would have to spend a great deal of time on setting up the store

Shopify Plus

I would recommend Shopify Plus to any merchant doing at least 500k/mo and doesn't primarily do subscription products. High volume merchants who run complex subscriptions may be better off on an eCommerce platform that doesn't rely on third-party subscription apps that can't even use Shopify's native checkout. Merchants doing under 500k are probably fine with one of Shopify's normal plans rather than Plus.

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
8.7
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.4
Product management
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.2
Branding
3dcart
6.0
Shopify Plus
8.7
Mobile storefront
3dcart
6.0
Shopify Plus
9.5
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.5
Website integration
3dcart
7.0
Shopify Plus
7.7
Visual customization
3dcart
6.0
Shopify Plus
8.4
Bulk product upload
3dcart
Shopify Plus
9.2
CMS
3dcart
Shopify Plus
8.0

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
9.0
Shopify Plus
9.7
Checkout user experience
3dcart
9.0
Shopify Plus
9.5
Abandoned cart recovery
3dcart
Shopify Plus
9.8

Online Payment System

3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.8
eCommerce security
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
9.8

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
7.5
Shopify Plus
8.3
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
10.0
Shopify Plus
9.1
SEO
3dcart
5.0
Shopify Plus
9.2
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
Shopify Plus
6.7

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.1
Custom functionality
3dcart
8.0
Shopify Plus
8.2
Order processing
3dcart
Shopify Plus
8.8
Inventory management
3dcart
Shopify Plus
7.7
Shipping
3dcart
Shopify Plus
7.9

Pros

  • Strong shopping cart capabilities, with all types of promotions and discounting capabilities. Easy to set up the promotion and implement the campaign.
  • Integration with our email provider to be able to segment buyers based on timing of purchase.
  • Easy to use blog, was able to set up each post simply and create SEO/Meta tags associated with each post.
  • Products set up was easy and there are options for categories and classes to make setting up the store easy.
  • Easy to use for someone with no programming skills.
  • Scales incredibly well. Forget about hardware concerns, load balancing, downtime, etc. and focus on eCommerce. We've seen merchants go from a few thousand dollars per month to having million dollar days, all on Shopify without having to worry about performance or scaling systems.
  • Great new features consistently being added, ahead of the curve on almost everything
  • Solid API to build on and work with, a few annoying quirks here and there for super complex use cases but overall very well documented and works well
  • Most Merchant Success Managers are good and genuinely want to be helpful
  • A fantastic user interface, very logical and easy to use
  • Tons and tons and tons of out of the box integrations. Easily the best integration marketplace of the e-commerce platforms. There's an app for that.

Cons

  • Using images on the site and in the blog was a cumbersome process. The upload was easy enough, but finding and using the image after upload was terrible. The navigation of the images was difficult and there were no sort functions.
  • For a simple site without the need for a log in admin or shipping, these functions and capabilities were not easily hidden or removed. You needed to have a programmer go into the code to remove them. For a tool like 3dcart, it seemed to be something they could have taken care of with check boxes in the settings.
  • While expected, the templates available were very basic and simple. To enhance the look of your site, you will need a programmer or pay for the premium templates.
  • Better multi-store management
  • More robust promotion and upselling capability (without apps)
  • Pricebooks for scheduled pricing
  • Scheduled content management

Likelihood to Renew

Not applicable - as a franchisee, the franchiser took over the web site and shopping cart capabilities, so I no longer need the tool. But I would recommend it.
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Selected 3DCart based on price point and ease of getting started. Gave a two week free trial to make sure I could get it set up. Seemed easier than other options and had room to grow if I need more capabilities. It also integrated with QuckBooks, FaceBook and Auth.net which were all part of the package right from the start.
We found BigCommerce to be almost identical to Shopify in many ways, but Shopify had more apps in their marketplace and we couldn't find another significant difference at the time.

Return on Investment

  • Enhanced customer service with ticket system.
  • Was able to quickly set up shop and get started on the web.
  • Increased conversion rates on desktop, but especially mobile
  • Faster deployment and testing of third-party apps
  • Huge cost savings for not just the platform, but also on several third party integrations

Pricing Details

3dcart

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Shopify Plus

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details