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Date Established
2004
Location
Phoenix, AZ

Pros

  • Impressive feature set
  • Competitive monthly cost
  • Well-designed UI
  • Scalable

Cons

  • Limited customer support
  • Moderate learning curve
  • No POS integration

Overview

Created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, PinnacleCart‘s goal is simple: to provide an all-in-one ecommerce platform that allows merchants with little or no technical skill to start promoting and selling their products.

PinnacleCart gives merchants the power to quickly add and edit products, manage orders, create promotions, and customize their websites. It is a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining web hosting and site security. That’s all done for you for a monthly fee.

Pricing for PinnacleCart is based on the amount of storage and bandwidth you need for your store. The cheapest subscription is a bit higher than that of some of PinnacleCart’s direct competitors, but the cost remains reasonable nonetheless. Meanwhile, all PinnacleCart merchants benefit from the platform’s strong core feature set, which is above average for SaaS ecommerce platforms. One notable omission is a point of sale system integration, but if you don’t plan on selling in-person, this won’t be an issue.

Keep reading for a full and unbiased review of PinnacleCart‘s online store builder.

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Pricing

PinnacleCart offers a free 14-day trial (no credit card required) so you can try out the platform without making any commitments. PinnacleCart does not offer refunds on subscriptions, so definitely try out the product before you buy. On the flip side, PinnacleCart does not charge transaction fees or cancellation fees.

Three pricing plans are offered, along with custom pricing for enterprise-level merchants. All plans come with unlimited products, daily backups, phone and email support, and an SSL certificate.

A huge benefit of this software is that it’s scalable: your platform can grow with your company. One way PinnacleCart makes this possible is with scaled pricing based on traffic and storage. As your site garners more traffic, you gradually move up the subscription ladder. Meanwhile, all sellers have access to essentially the same feature set (with a few exceptions), regardless if they’re paying $45, $95, or $200 per month. I’ll highlight just the features that differentiate between plans below. You can check out the PinnacleCart pricing page for the list of features included with each plan, or head down to the Features section of this review to learn more about the platform’s capabilities.

Start-Up$44.95/month

  • 1GB Website Storage
  • 2GB Bandwidth

Standard$94.95/month

  • 10GB Website Storage
  • 20GB Bandwidth
  • Quickbooks Online Integration

Advanced$199.95/month

  • Unlimited Website Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Quickbooks Online Integration
  • Priority Customer Support
  • Dedicated SSL Certificate

In addition, PinnacleCart offers Virtual Private Server Solutions (VPS) for merchants who need more disk space, bandwidth, and control over their hosting. Lastly, I should mention that you have the option to purchase a licensed copy of PinnacleCart to host on your own server for $1495. There are additional costs to upgrade and support this method of operating PinnacleCart, so be sure to check out the website (and talk to a sales rep) to get the full scoop if you’re interested.

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Cloud-Based Or Locally-Installed

Because PinnacleCart is SaaS technology, you can expect all of the benefits of a cloud-based software solution. Your information will always be available across all your devices, and you can easily sync with other cloud-based systems. Additionally, you never have to worry about updating your software; that all occurs automatically with a click of a button whenever a new release comes out.

For this review, we’re focusing on this fully-hosted format of PinnacleCart, because it’s what most sellers who end up choosing PinnacleCart will be using. As I mentioned in the pricing section, however, PinnacleCart also offers a self-hosted, locally-installed version of the software for purchase. Not only that, but you can even pay a few thousand dollars for full access to the source code if you wish!

Specific Size Of Business

PinnacleCart can scale to fit businesses of any size, from startups to enterprise-level stores.

Hardware & Software Requirements

To use PinnacleCart, all you need is a computer, internet access, and an up-to-date web browser. Further requirements for the downloadable version are outlined on the website.

Ease Of Use

Setting up a free 14-day trial of PinnacleCart is easy and risk-free. Mine was up and running in only a couple of minutes. Once I created my account, I was directed to my new admin panel. I also received an email from PinnacleCart, which included my account details and a few links to help me get started.

When I logged in, I was greeted with a Quick Start Guide which asked for some basic store information and offered to help set up my shipping and payment processing settings.

If you decide to skip the guide, you can find all this information and more under Settings:

There were no pre-loaded sample products to modify, so I started my usability test by adding a product of my own. After entering some basic information, you can expand additional menus at the bottom of the page to configure more details:

It’s also very easy to see a quick storefront preview of each product:

As far as product features go, PinnacleCart has everything you need. You can add multiple product images and customize your URLs and meta descriptions to boost your SEO. There are a few features that are a little tricky to use at first, however. When I went to add product attributes, I found this:

That big swath of red text told me that in order to enter modifiers for different product options (like changing the price or shipping weight for different sizes of the same product), I’d have to enter this information in a single, open-ended text field — all while following the correct rules and formatting. Was I really going to type out all the right numbers, symbols, parentheses and commas in one giant text box without screwing something up? PinnacleCart seems to think so, but I have my doubts.

Maybe I’m being picky, but I’ve seen other cart software handle product attributes in a more foolproof manner, providing individual and pre-formatted fields that ensure this information is entered correctly. In other words, while this feature is workable in PinnacleCart, I wouldn’t describe it as particularly user-friendly. On the plus side, at least you can enter unlimited attributes.

I played around with a few other features on my dashboard, such as creating discounts and setting up drift marketing (abandoned cart recovery) emails. While some of these features were a bit simplistic, I’ll grant that they were easier to use than the product attribute feature.

Despite a hiccup or two, PinnacleCart still scores well on ease-of-use. Once you figure out how to use all of the features available to you, you should be able to operate your store independently.

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Features

PinnacleCart comes with an impressive range of features already built-in. While I would normally expect this level of functionality from self-hosted software, it’s rare to find so many features in a SaaS solution. Below, I’ve compiled a few features that I deem most noteworthy.

Admin

  • Unlimited Administrator Accounts: Let your entire team access your admin.
  • Restricted Access & Permissions: Allow different team members to access different parts of the admin.

Product Merchandising

  • Physical & Digital Products: Control your digital inventory by placing limits on downloads.
  • Unlimited Attributes: Let customers choose from sizes, styles, colors, and more.
  • Product Reviews: Encourage shoppers’ trust with customer reviews.
  • Custom Fields: Allow customers the option to personalize your products with product customization.
  • Unlimited Product Images: Enable image features like magnify, zoom, magic thumb, and image layover.
  • Filtered Menus: Let shoppers refine search results to find exactly what they need.

Marketing & Promotions

  • Multiple Sales Channels: Upload your products to Google Shopping, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, and more.
  • Sell On Existing Websites: Add “buy now” buttons and order forms to any other websites you manage.
  • Facebook Store: Is Facebook evil? Maybe, but you can still sell there with PinnacleCart!
  • Discounts & Gift Certificates: Create discount and gift certificate codes from your admin.
  • Wish Lists: Let customers save the products they want.
  • “Drift Marketing” Tool: Target abandoned carts to increase sales.
  • Custom Digital Marketing Services: Inquire about tailored, hands-on assistance from the PinnacleCart team.

Checkout

  • One Page Checkout: Use order forms to make checkout as easy as possible to increase conversion.
  • Guest Checkout: Allow customers to choose between creating an account and checking out as a guest.

Product & Category Management

  • Unlimited Products, Categories, & Subcategories: Use those categories to make site navigation easier for your customers.
  • Bulk Import/Export: Migrate your products using CSV files.
  • Inventory Tracking: Receive low stock notifications for your products.

Payment & Shipping

  • Accept Multiple Payment Types: Includes traditional gateways and custom methods like cash on delivery. List your prices in multiple currencies.
  • Recurring Billing: Use this feature to let customers pay over time or purchase subscriptions.
  • Automatic Tax Calculation: Integrate with Avalara Ava Tax or Exactor Tax for accurate tax estimates.
  • Real-Time Shipping Quotes: Integrate with USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
  • Split Shipping: Shoppers can specify multiple shipping destinations on a per-product basis.
  • Shipping Labels: Print labels and generate postage from your admin using Endicia or Stamps.com.

Analytics & SEO

  • Extensive SEO Tools: Write custom URLs, meta titles, and meta descriptions for your products, categories, and pages. Upload and create robot.txt files, and take advantage of your automatically generated site map.
  • Reporting Tools: View reports of your sales and site performance.
  • Integrate With Google: Connect your platform to Google Analytics and Google Adwords.

Web Design

Every PinnacleCart account gives you 30 free, customizable templates to choose from. Fortunately, they are all fully mobile responsive.

I found PinnacleCart’s web design to be somewhat of a mixed bag. A few of their templates (like the ones below) are up-to-par with the industry’s design standards.

However, quite of few of PinnacleCart’s 30 free options need a facelift. They’re a bit dated.

Once you choose a template, you can edit your design in the Cart Designer. Each editable element of your theme shows a dotted red outline when you hover over it. Meanwhile, a small editing menu with a maximum of three editing possibilities pops up when you right-click:

You can see that for this particular design element, I had all three options. I could Edit Visual Properties, use the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, or Edit Source Code. That last option is about as complicated as you might expect, so I stuck to exploring the first two.

Inside Edit Visual Properties, I could upload a new image in the Visual Editor, or work with the CSS if I wanted to (I didn’t want to):

After some adventures in saving, page refreshing, and browser cache-clearing, I finally got a new image to show up on my homepage:

Looking to possibly add some sort of banner, link, or text on top of or near this image, I went into the WYSIWYG editor next. Here’s what I found:

Hey, whoa there, fella! That’s wasn’t what I wanted. I was suddenly in HTML-land and editing the entire Featured Products widget too. Thanks, but no thanks.

I then discovered that you can actually drag-and-drop a handful of pre-made widgets up from the bottom of the Cart Designer page, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for in this case. That’s about when I stopped trying to augment this section of my homepage.

Adding my logo to the top corner to replace the default “DressCode” logo was pretty hilarious:

Okay, ignoring for the moment that it’s a cheesy logo I made in Google Slides, could that thing be any bigger? There might be ways to resize it in the editor (didn’t see any obvious fixes), but it’s possible I’d have to adjust my image size before upload. Back to the drawing board on that one.

You can also edit font types and colors with interfaces like the one below:

My overall impression is that while PinnacleCart has lots of options for editing themes for users with varying skill levels, the Cart Designer is not the most intuitive at first, especially for merchants new to ecommerce software. If what I’ve shown you so far looks a bit intimidating, I think you’ll experience a slight learning curve with PinnacleCart. However, I am confident that after the initial learning process, you’ll be able to make most small changes on your own.

If you need to make larger changes, you can always hire a developer. Alternatively, you can pay PinnacleCart to build a custom site for you. They offer premium design services priced between $2100 and $5200. Or, if you just need help with a couple aspects of your storefront, you can hire PinnacleCart’s services a la carte style.

Integrations & Add-Ons

Because PinnacleCart has such an extensive feature set already built-in, you’ll need fewer apps than you would with most other eCommerce shopping carts. This is good, because PinnacleCart doesn’t have a large number of apps available in the App Center. The grand total is around 50 integrations, and that includes a few that are already promoted as part of PinnacleCart’s core feature set (e.g, Facebook store). By the same token, the total doesn’t include theme templates or payment processors — these are accessed elsewhere.

Below is a quick sampling of PinnacleCart’s integrations, but honestly, it doesn’t take long to browse through the entire App Center collection on your own. I should note that the list inside my trial store dashboard was a bit different than on the main site’s App Center, so definitely contact a sales rep if you don’t see something you’re looking for in either spot.

Fulfillment & Shipping

  • Endicia
  • ShipWire
  • Stamps.com
  • ShipRush
  • 71lbs
  • Doba

Accounting & Tax

  • Avalara
  • Exactor
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Webgility

Customer Engagement

  • Zopim!
  • LiveAgent
  • LiveChat
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Hello Bar

Marketing

  • MailChimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Google AdWords
  • AddShoppers

Reporting & Analytics

  • Kissmetrics
  • Google Analytics

The only app officially sorted into the “free” category in the App Center is MailChimp, and I’m not sure why. Several other integrations include free plans when you open up the descriptions and read the details. In most cases, you’ll need to check the third-party website or reach out to the sales team for the integration for exact pricing.

You can also sync your products to marketplaces and shopping feeds.  These include Amazon, Yahoo!, eBay, Shopzilla, Google Shopping, PriceGrabber, and Nextag, among others. I could only see these options properly once I was inside my free trial dashboard.

If you can’t find the application you’re looking for, PinnacleCart also has an API available, so your developers can create a connection for you.

Payment Processing

PinnacleCart integrates seamlessly with over 30 payment gateways. While this count is on the lower side for a shopping cart this popular, I also read in the FAQ that only the main partners are listed. A call to customer support can confirm compatibility with other options.

The featured payments partner for PinnacleCart is currently CardConnect, a First Data company. CardConnect rates for PinnacleCart customers are advertised at 2.7% + $0.10. While this is a respectable offer, I’d strongly encourage you to conduct your own payment processor research before making your final choice. The decision is highly business-specific and should be based on more than just rates. Our guide to the best online credit card processors is a great place to start!

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Meanwhile, here is a list of promoted gateways currently integrated with PinnacleCart:

  • 2Checkout
  • American Express
  • Authorize.Net – various plans
  • Bambora
  • Bongo Checkout
  • Braintree
  • CardConnect (First Data)
  • Chase Paymentech
  • CT Checkout
  • eMerchant
  • FuturePay
  • Intuit Payment Services
  • iTransact
  • Merchant Anywhere/Transaction Central
  • Moneris
  • NetBilling
  • Payeezy (First Data)
  • PayJunction
  • PayLeap
  • PayPal – various plans
  • PsiGate
  • SagePay
  • Shift4
  • Skrill
  • Stripe
  • USAePay
  • Virtual Merchant
  • Worldpay

Customer Service & Technical Support

PinnacleCart provides support through a variety of channels. Phone support is offered, but only during limited hours. If you do find yourself experiencing technical difficulties outside those times, you can always send an email, but you may need to wait up to two days to hear back if it’s not an “emergency.”

When viewing the availability of customer service for PinnacleCart, keep in mind that everything is in Arizona time — it’s Pacific, but they don’t observe daylight savings! (Oh, precious Arizona.)

Here are all the support channels and resources:

  • Phone
    • Sunday 4PM-1AM
    • Weekdays 6AM-1AM
  • Live Chat
    • Sunday 4PM-1AM
    • Monday-Thursday 6AM-1AM
    • Friday 6AM-9PM
  • Email/Web Ticket
    • Available 24/7, answered within 24-48 hours
    • “Emergency” support 24/7/365 (for non-operational stores)
  • Knowledge Base: Also called the Help Desk, this includes articles and video tutorials.
  • FAQ: I found a couple — one on the homepage, and a more detailed set within the Help Desk.
  • User Forum: Not super active. Most discussions are a few years old by now.
  • Blog: Follow for feature updates, industry news, and ecommerce tips.

By the way, PinnacleCart is so confident in the quality of its customer support that one of the services it offers is to outsource your store’s own customer service to the PinnacleCart team. You can fill out a webform on the main site if you’re interested.

Negative Reviews & Complaints

By and large, reviews discussing PinnacleCart are quite positive. Customers are consistently pleased with what PinnacleCart can do for their store. As always, there are a few downfalls to the platform. Here’s what customers mention most often:

  • Learning Curve: New users (especially those not accustomed to ecommerce software) may find PinnacleCart to be a bit difficult at first. With time, however, I’m certain nearly every user could learn to perform most operations.
  • Tricky Code: Programmers report that PinnacleCart’s coding can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to make serious modifications to features.
  • Problems With Customization: Users report that PinnacleCart isn’t the easiest platform to customize.
  • Not International Friendly: PinnacleCart has limited language capabilities, and while you can list your products in multiple currencies, merchants report some difficulty accepting payments outside of US and Canada.
  • Missing Features: I was surprised to realize that though PinnacleCart has a huge feature set, there are some important aspects missing. Most notably, PinnacleCart is missing a customer loyalty program and a POS application. PinnacleCart also does not use a CDN (Content Delivery Network).

Positive Reviews & Testimonials

Here are a few good aspects of PinnacleCart:

  • Ease Of Use: After that initial setup phase, everyday operations should become very simple. That is, after all, the goal of PinnacleCart.
  • Good Support: Although PinnacleCart’s support is unfortunately not available by phone 100% of the time, customers are generally pleased with the responses they receive from the PinnacleCart team. My own experience with support was positive as well.
  • Marketing Features: Customers love the marketing features available with the platform. You can integrate with social media to further your products and use embeddable widgets to place your products on any website. Also, PinnacleCart’s SEO-friendly features score highly in public opinion.
  • Easy Integrations: PinnacleCart platforms integrate easily with a variety of other software. In particular, customers appreciate the Quickbooks integration and the Doba integration, which facilitates drop shipping.

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Security

All PinnacleCart stores are PCI (Payment Card Industry) Level One compliant. PinnacleCart is also PA-DSS certified. Every PinnacleCart store comes with a free shared SSL certificate, although you are upgraded to a dedicated certificate from Rapid SSL on at the Advanced ($199.95/month) subscription. These and other SSL options with PinnacleCart are summarized below:

To learn more about SSL certificates and why they’re important, check out our site security article.

Final Verdict

PinnacleCart is an excellent option for both beginner merchants and large sellers with years of experience. With such a vast feature set, it’s easy to see why PinnacleCart fits the needs of so many sellers. Although ecommerce beginners may encounter a moderate learning curve when it comes to some of the more nuanced admin functions or working with the theme editor, the curve is not insurmountable.

I still have reservations about PinnacleCart’s limited support hours by phone. The internet does not operate within normal business hours. If you have a crisis, it’s nice to have someone’s hand to hold. I’d also like to eventually see some POS integrations added to PinnacleCart’s arsenal.

Regardless, PinnacleCart is worth looking into. If you’ve got the time (it doesn’t take much), sign up for the free trial to see if PinnacleCart is the right choice for your online store.

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Liz Hull

Liz Hull

Liz Hull is an eCommerce Writer for Merchant Maverick. In her two 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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    Matt

    Stay away. We have been with them for over 10 years.. And They just keep Making Huge mistake, then they have the nerve to charge you and charge you again. Pinnacle cart is Not Pci compliant. and to make it so will cost you countless dollars as they make sure to charge you for any update or upgrade. Stay away. This Yea Pinnacle Cart had Several DDOS attacks and then that shut our site down during the holiday rush. they made no attempt to contact us, but had no problem sensing us a bill for Data usage during the attack that shut us down. This company is not honest and is not trustworthy.

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      Curtis Gardner

      Organization Name: Triton Stalls

      We’ve been using PinnacleCart for years now and love it. Moved from another store builder and Pinnacle is a huge upgrade compared to what we we’re using before. Our listings have improved in Google and Pinnacle is directly responsible for this. Plus don’t charge you for every feature, it’s all included. I’ve noticed a couple of comments regarding their support, it’s been fantastic for us. Quick and informative responses on live chat, tickets and phones. I recommend them wholeheartedly to any business.

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      • Organization Name: Triton Stalls

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      Sam

      Pinnacle Cart is a great online store builder, but I liked it when it was usable on your own host, now it can only be used on its own servers, and somehow their support sucks, they contact you back in days even if something urgent is happening.

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        claudia cooper

        0 customer support on weekends! Pinnacle was hacked (as we later found out) the weekend before Thanksgiving and unable to forward online orders to us! Complete nightmare and no response on their end for 3 days.
        I am sitting here again waiting for any response through messages left, trouble ticket, live chat (non responsive), and multiple calls. 5 hours in and no response as Pinnacle overlooked to renew our SSL ticket that we paid for on 11/20. It is Sunday…

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          Matt

          This just happened again This year to OCT – Dec of 2018 they were under a huge DDOS attack and made no attempt to contact anyone..

            Randy K. Curtin

            I tried their website and was not happy with the Admin end. I had a month-to-month payment schedule. Twice I asked them to cancel the account. They continued to debit my checking account. I had to threaten them with the Arizona Attorney General before they stopped billing me and refunded my money. I live in Arizona, so I could easily make good on my threat. These people have no shame!

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              Caroline

              Beware … support is not great … wait times on the phone are normally in excess of 20 minutes. You can leave a number and they will call you back (in the order in which your call is received), but this wait time has exceeded 5 hours. Email support is normally 10+ hours. Not a good deal if your cart is down. Billing is not accurate. When i renewed my hosting for my cart they cancelled my email support. Even though their home page says it’s included. This, of course, happened on a Saturday when nobody was there to take the call and resolve the problem. Lastly, their documentation is dismal. On a scale of 1-10, i’d rate them a 3 tops.

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                Hosted User

                Pinnacle cart is an “ok” SAAS product if you don’t know HTML and need to build a fast shopping cart with some additional features.
                They will provide support for you and if you are a re-seller to your costumer as well. Be aware because this service is part of their strategy to go after your customer by offering a better price to bill your costumer directly. As a company they are not loyal to their re-seller base that brings business to them. Be aware of this practice.

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                  Greg Holland

                  Custom development:
                  I paid $38,000 for custom web development. Contract was signed in March 2013. Work was to be finished June 7th. By June 7th they weren’t finished. A couple weeks later Mike Rose announced they were all finished. (In spite of the fact that there was zero communication with me regarding the development). Lo and behold, they’d only done a small fraction of all the work. Mike said that “he didn’t know” the rest was supposed to be done. Whatever. They proceeded to do a sloppy job at the rest of the project. Mike Blum said they were pulling in extra resources to get the project finished asap. Well. It’s now the end of August and the whole project is still not finished. Just a few half-baked pieces here are there. My company is suffering very much since we have no website / no sales.

                  Communication:
                  There seems to be no communication in the Pinnacle Cart company – not among staff, nor with clients. Everything about the project was laid out with Kyle in March in much detail. But when it came to do the work, Mike Rose seemed to be completely out of the loop. Furthermore, the supervisor Mike Blum outright admitted to me in a three-hour phone conversation that “he had no idea the amount of work that was involved; he thought that it was a simple matter of ‘design and data import’.” Well, good grief, for $38,000?!

                  Design:
                  Now let’s talk about design. It also took way longer than initial promises. The design staff couldn’t seem to get the elements necessary together. So many conversations with Valerie Jackson about how we would like things done. Emails with pictures to explain it. Online examples. It took them so many redos to finally get it more or less right. The Facebook and Twitter designs looked whipped together like something my 8-year-old nephew could have done – didn’t match the main site at all. The design was supposed to take 4 weeks. It’s now been 5 months and it’s still not done. I haven’t seen anything about the mobile site design yet.

                  Accounting department.
                  There is no way I can log in and see my history of charges. I contacted the accounting department and they email me to “log in and view history”. But there is nothing there when I log in. I had to finally send them a screenshot of their own log in page to convince them and they finally realized that indeed there is no “view history”. After that I just gave up and dug around in my Visa statements to figure it out myself.

                  Pinnacle has been a 6-month headache so far.
                  They’ve charged $38,000 and haven’t delivered
                  You have to hound them constantly: “Are you getting things done? Are you getting things done?”
                  They constantly promise: We should have something for you by this evening. We should have something for you by tomorrow.
                  I’ve had to make a new contract with a company called “volusion.com” – I’m having a MUCH better experience with my new provider.
                  Meanwhile, PinnacleCart still hasn’t delivered, and we have begun legal proceedings with the bank to recover our losses.

                  Greg Holland – Ministry Ideaz

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                    Lin H.

                    Sad to say but if you’ve got a fair number of products and if you sell the type of stuff that needs many photos you’ll be working hard on your image names. But the real deal killer is if you are already in business and are trying to migrate to Pinnacle.For Pinnacle, each image name MUST be the same name as your product. This is how they link the image with the product for display. Yes you can have multiple images but there is no way to upload these in bulk. And don’t let their support people fool you into thinking you can have a separate server with a link to the URL. Only one image per product.In my case I’ve got over 800 products, each with about four images. When I took the photos I did not rename them from my camera’s name. So image names are DSCF00145.jpg, DSCF00167.jpg, etc. Can you imagine renaming each one of these? It would be close to 4000 in my case.Still looking for a decent cart solution. Definitely not Pinnacle.

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                      Wesley Soza

                      I completely understand your point of view, that’s the same thing that I encountered. It’s a bit complicated and for us not to get help as we need it really sucks. In my case they made me feel as if I wasn’t important. I moved on to IA Modules better, been with them for almost a year and a half now and really can’t complain because their support team was really helpful, they took their time to train me and teach me everything that I needed to know.

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                        Jeffrey H

                        I’ve been a user of Pinnacle for less than a year. I agree that the startup is very easy. Templates are extensive and simple to work with. However, I have one major complaint that will have me move from Pinnacle. Bulk upload for products does not support attributes and modifiers. Tried to use Webgility for that and it too didn’t work. My POS is Qucikbooks. Pinnacle was happy to do customization for me, but the cost was too much for my small one shop business. Plus, didn’t think I should pay for a feature that they can then market.

                        I’m solving my problem by moving to a cloud based POS (which is why I’m at your site) that will integrate seamlessly with a shopping cart. By everything I see, Shopify is the choice for cloud based POSes.

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                          Ann

                          Hello,
                          am I wrong or Pinnacle had discontinued their licensed version? I can’t find it at their website and there is also no mentioning about this in their blog. I read some forums and people there say that license will be available only for re-sellers. Is it true?

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                            Amad E.

                            You’re correct Ann. Pinnacle did discontinue their licensed version. Here’s the email I received from them…

                            Thank you for your interest in Pinnacle Cart. As a potential customer we wanted to make you aware of a change happening tomorrow. Effective end of business on Friday, March 15th, 2013, Pinnacle Cart, Inc., will no longer offer our licensed product http://www.pinnaclecart.com/host-on-your-own-server to host the software on an external server.

                            The software industry has rapidly moved to SaaS (software as a service) model, and we are one of the last hold-outs offering a licensed product. Fortunately for you, this change will allow us to focus our messaging and efforts to supply you with industry’s best service and the rock star product you deserve.

                            In an effort to assist customers who prefer to use our licensed product, we have a great offer for you. If you purchase a license between now and 6pm MST on March 15th, you will have 120 days from the time of purchase to designate the domain name it will be installed on.

                            Although we have stopped selling the licensed version of our software directly we will continue to support those who currently own the license and maintain a support plan. Our hosted plans and pricing remain unchanged and can be seen here: hosted plans.

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