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LemonStand Review

    Liz Hull

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Liz Hull

Liz Hull

Liz Hull is a writer for Merchant Maverick. In her three years with Merchant Maverick, she has tested and reviewed over 40 eCommerce platforms and published two ebooks on the topic of online selling. Liz has also been published in Startup Nation and Home Business Magazine Online. Liz has a BA in English and Spanish from George Fox University.

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    Ben O

    I work for one of the largest software companies in the world as a solutions engineer by day and also run my own startup, http://www.DollarScent.com – a monthly subscription service for premium car air fresheners. Prior to that, I was part of the founding team of a successful eCommerce software company for online retailers selling on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Walmart, Magento, etc. When launching DollarScent, I figured WooCommerce could meet our needs. We spent a LONG time fussing around with WordPress/WooCommerce and after over a year eventually gave up. Most of our energy was spent trying to fix WP all the time and it prevented us from ever being able to grow our business without worry.We expressed our concerns to LemonStand and after some time decided to make the switch. LemonStand was paramount in helping us migrate all of our existing paid subscribers (which no other software company was willing to do). As someone who’s been involved in technology for many years, I must say that LemonStand’s support, onboarding, and setup has been the absolute most pleasant experience I’ve had to date. Their engineering and support team REALLY care to see you successful. Ross, who runs Biz Dev, was our go to contact the whole way through and helped to facilitate a smooth transition.We are now up and running for several months without any worry and have since then focused our energies on sales and marketing. We are excited about our partnership with LemonStand and we plan on staying with them as we continue to focus on growing our subscriber base. If you’re a subscription box business or just a general eCommerce retailer, give them a shot… I promise you won’t be disappointed!


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      We were using stand alone version of Lemonstand, which was abandoned with no real migration path to their hosted version (old and new versions were not compatible). To this day (2017) cloud version does not have all the features of stand alone version. I would question company commitment to what they do. It is significant hassle to move active shop when vendor have change of heart on direction of their product development.


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        Is migration to Amazon in the works?

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          After running my business for last 12 years and being on the same ecommerce platform, even though our previous platform changed hands, we were quite comfortable. Next came the mobile avalanche that made us pull outside our comfort zone. It is quite a task to look for dependable ecommerce platform, after reviewing 3 platforms we landed with LemonStand. Lemonstand’s new cloud based ecommerce was very attractive, giving customers like me a good option to come on. First thing that attracted us was that they do not charge transaction fees, so no cut from my sales. They provide their SAAS platform and I pay them for that. Next was the flexibility their platform provides to stores owners with customizing every corner of the store. No part of the store is hidden from store owners. Their easy Restful API was another big plus that allowed us to integrate our internal system with the new store. Lastly, the most important, the Mobile friendly themes that integrate very easily with their system. There are quite a few themes to choose from, all available for free to use and change.During our designing of store, the support that was given to us was outstanding. They have a startup culture and implementing genuine feature request does not have to go through bureaucracy. If feature makes sense then it is implemented quickly. For example, we had 1000 zip code and sales tax rates that were wondering how we are going to enter it manually, made a request to add API call to add these sales tax. Within 2 weeks the API was coded and we were able to add all our taxes in like 15 minutes. This is where they won us over. Our store beadsinbulk.com is live on Lemondstand and we are pleased with the outcome. The only downside that I could find with their system was, one definitely need a good programmer and web designer to design the store. Lot of tweaks and advance knowledge of bootstrap, twig and CSS is required if one is trying to do it by themselves. After putting lots of ice and lemon, served chilled, this lemonade is very delicious.


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            Nick Toye

            I have been developing stores on LemonStand since the beta version was released, and I have watched it grow, develop and then evolve into what it is now.What it is now, for me as a developer is an exciting platform that I intend to build a large proportion of my business on. Much of the features are what is expected of a standard eCommerce platform, they don’t throw the kitchen sink at it, they do things the right way. Layering the upgrades periodically when they are happy that what they are releasing is going to be well received.Jason Fried once spoke about Basecamp, and how they don’t say yes to every feature request they get, they do it when they feel there is a real need for it. I feel LemonStand adopt a similar approach.For me I wouldn’t recommend any other platform.


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              Ryan Bennick

              I have been a LemonStand user since 2011 and seen this product and company evolve over the years. The switch to the cloud was a hard hit at first but I think it was the right move. I think LemonStand is in a position where they will be able to supply core features faster than other hosted eCommerce platforms. This is based on what they have released in just the last year and how slow I have seen other systems add features. I have worked with a few others hosted platforms and it seems like they push a lot of functionality out into their respective apps stores. Depending on your store you end up playing way more for app add ons than the core license itself. I’m all for a LemonStand marketplace but I feel like you are getting and will continue to get better features in the core package from LemonStand. As a developer the lemonsync tool is amazing. Finally I can work on a theme locally and commit the code to version control!


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