Etsy – You make the product and dispatch it to the customer. Or you can get a production partner to manufacture and ship the goods for you.
Folksy – You make the product and dispatch it to the customer. For UK sellers only.
Society6 – You design the product and Society6 dispatches it to the customer and handles customer service.
Redbubble – You design the product and Redbubble makes it and dispatches it to the customer.
CafePress – You design the product and CafePress dispatches it to the customer.
NuMonday – You make the product and dispatch it to the customer.
Zazzle – You make the product and dispatch it to the customer.
Spoonflower – For fabric, wallpaper, bedding… You design the product and Spoonflower dispatches it to the customer.
SAAS Stand-Alone Sites
Whenever I write out this list, I have to check the links because sites keep disappearing – such as Selz (which seems to have shut up shop completely) and Kong, which is not accepting new stores on its platform.
You need to be alert to the consequences of putting all your eggs in one basket. What have you got if the platform shuts up shop? Basically, you have the domain name and that’s it. Chances are there is no way to export your setup to another platform.
That said, some of these platforms offer a free tier – and that’s a way to experiment with very little downside.
Great series! Thanks for taking the time to write it up for us.
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Oh, I just realized something. Before WordPress.com canned external ecommerce solutions after they acquired Woo, it was possible to use Ecwid, Shopify and Gumroad here. I’m not certain, but I think that was even before the plugin-enabled Business plan arrived. (My memory on this is fuzzy.)
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Thanks for talking about this. This is a page of incompatible plugins, and Ecwid isn’t there, and now I am looking a bit further, I see that Ecwid is listed on this page of E-commerce plugins although with all the WooCommerce add-ons, I would go with Woo rather than Ecwid, anyway.
About Shopify Lite, from this page about embeds it seems to be an HTML embed, so would you think that would be OK on any of the paid plans?
In reading about this I found out that Shopify Lite is not available to new merchants in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, of the United States. There is however something I never saw before, which is the Starter plan. I wonder what a starter store actually look like?
I think anyone today looking to start an eCommerce solution hosted here on WPcom would head straight for the Business plan or, with Woo already baked in, the eCommerce plan. The Shopify Light HTML embed wouldn’t work with anything lower than the Business plan AFAIK, so I don’t see any advantage to that over installing a plugin. Once upon a time, before the Business plan, in the forums we’d suggest linking to an outside eCommerce provider, and your list is gold for that. 🙂 Thanks again!