Big Cartel vs. CommerceV3

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Big Cartel
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Big Cartel is an eCommerce platform built for artists, such as artists, designers, and musicians, to build an online store.
$9.99
per month
CommerceV3
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
CommerceV3 is an all-in-one eCommerce platform that will both build and host store platforms.N/A
Pricing
Big CartelCommerceV3
Editions & Modules
50 Products
$9.99
per month
250 Products
$19.99
per month
500 Products
$29.99
per month
5 Products
Free
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Big CartelCommerceV3
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee$1,995 per store
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Big CartelCommerceV3
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
Big CartelCommerceV3
Online Storefront
Comparison of Online Storefront features of Product A and Product B
Big Cartel
10.0
1 Ratings
25% above category average
CommerceV3
8.1
1 Ratings
4% above category average
Product catalog & listings10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Product management10.01 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Branding10.01 Ratings6.41 Ratings
Mobile storefront10.01 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Product variations10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Website integration10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual customization10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Bulk product upload00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Online Shopping Cart
Comparison of Online Shopping Cart features of Product A and Product B
Big Cartel
10.0
1 Ratings
26% above category average
CommerceV3
7.7
1 Ratings
0% above category average
Checkout user experience10.01 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Abandoned cart recovery00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Online Payment System
Comparison of Online Payment System features of Product A and Product B
Big Cartel
10.0
1 Ratings
18% above category average
CommerceV3
9.1
1 Ratings
8% above category average
eCommerce security10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
eCommerce Marketing
Comparison of eCommerce Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Big Cartel
10.0
1 Ratings
27% above category average
CommerceV3
8.6
1 Ratings
12% above category average
Promotions & discounts10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
SEO00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
eCommerce Business Management
Comparison of eCommerce Business Management features of Product A and Product B
Big Cartel
10.0
1 Ratings
23% above category average
CommerceV3
8.6
1 Ratings
8% above category average
Order processing10.01 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Inventory management10.01 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Shipping10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Custom functionality10.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
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User Ratings
Big CartelCommerceV3
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Big CartelCommerceV3
Likelihood to Recommend
Big Cartel LLC
It's well suited for simple e-commerce and basic inventory management needs.
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CommerceV3
I believe CommerceV3 (CV3) is best suited for small to mid-level catalog companies. You would want to make sure to integrate CV3 with your back end system or you'll be doing a lot of manual entries or manipulating data for table uploads. You can easily manage the templates in CV3 with a basic knowledge of HTML and work up from there
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Pros
Big Cartel LLC
  • It's very easy to use and does not require a lot of configuration or setup.
  • It has been extremely reliable. Clients never have issues with purchasing from it and it has always has been up for us.
  • It's very fast. It loads quick both on the consumer/front end and also admin/backend.
  • Pricing model is flat, not percentage of transactions.
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CommerceV3
  • CV3 provides us a plethora of marketing tools to customize offers and campaigns to our customers. I've used BigCommerce and Shopify and neither comes close to the capability of fine tuning sales, offers, and discounts by product, category, customer and more.
  • The purpose of partnering with any e-commerce platform is to provide a secure site and stable checkout process for our customers. CV3 has been amazing at keeping our site up and running through peak traffic and attempted hacks. The checkout process has been rock solid and also integrates seamlessly with PayPal. I've used Amazon Payments in the past without incident, but decided to end that option due to Amazon's policies.
  • CV3's architecture on the back-end is designed to be plain and simple which provides an easy-to-use interface to streamline our work. The template driven structure to manage the front-end will become a favorite for most programmers in no time at all. In fact, I'm not a programmer, but do customization and design changes almost on a daily basis with ease. Any changes made to a template may be viewed on a staging server before pushing live. Templates, as well as other data may be downloaded any time for backups. Exports and imports of product data is simple and powerful allowing me to change massive amounts of data easily.
  • Customer support is always a contentious issue with most providers, however, CV3 has by far been the best I've encountered in over 30+ years of experience with software vendors. They are very responsive and escalate the issue to the proper person without having the redundancy you experience with so many other companies. They understand the issue the first time, and tell you the truth.
  • Any e-commerce business is about shipping. CV3 has the most powerful tools to control shipping. It will challenge the most creative minds on how to best merchandise products based on weight, dollar amount, global geographical location, dimensions, category, exception rules, by carrier, all the way down to the sku level which can have it's own set of rules. It gets complicated, but it works great and ties in with the promotional features as well.
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Cons
Big Cartel LLC
  • For our needs I really can't think of anything!
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CommerceV3
  • An area I'd like to see enhanced is the sku level pricing calendar. You can set specials prices to start and stop at certain dates and times, but it's fixed to certain years. You can't have your chosen items go to seasonal pricing every year at the same time, you have to change the years each year.
  • There are multiple product setups: basic, parent with children, and sub-products. Each type exports on the same datasheet all intermingled and this can be tedious isolating the different types for editing and re-import.
  • Vendor and Brand are data points on each item, but they are not controlled by a table. We end up with the same vendor or brand misspelled multiple times.
  • There is no FTP capability (PCI issue?) and no blog site with the parent domain. These have to be handled using a separate sub-domain.
  • The shipping calculator for customers should be available anywhere there is a shipping option presented during checkout.
  • Faster live times. Currently, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes to see template/product changes pushed to the live cdn.
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Alternatives Considered
Big Cartel LLC
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CommerceV3
In my view, CV3 meets our needs better by allowing us a much easier way to manage the front end the way the templates are structured. BigCommerce recommended using an FTP tool to download, modify, then upload. Shopify has some very sophisticated templates, which, in my mind, required a senior level programmer or lots of outsourcing for even minor changes. Neither of the other systems come close to CV3's marketing capabilities through their promotional tool without any add-ons. Shopify, for example, is stripped down and if you want a certain feature you have to find one of their approved partners, sign-up, integrate the feature and hope it works. To purchase all the features we're currently using in CV3 you'd have quite a list (and expense) of partners. Examples would be enhanced shipping capabilities or the ability to customize a product purchase. CV3 has features specifically geared for a catalog company, like request forms and capturing key codes. Plus, built-in rewards program, wishlist, gift certificates, bulk email, and data feeds for Google Shopper, Channel Advisor and SingleFeed.
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Return on Investment
Big Cartel LLC
  • The basic plan at $10/month easily saves us that in time from having to manage our own e-commerce system on our own site.
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CommerceV3
  • One positive impact has been the use of product reviews. This feature has helped us weed out bad products and promote good ones while allowing customers to share their experience.
  • It's a fixed fee user agreement which favors increasing sales.
  • The stability of the checkout process has helped conversions and lowered support.
  • Having integrated inventory with our back end has helped meet customer expectations.
  • The promotional capabilities of CV3 has allowed us to provide new and different offers keeping customers engaged.
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