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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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    Hello Liz,

    I am a Digital Artist, specializing in digital realism and nature related paintings / art.

    I am wanting to market my work. Since I have a limited budget to start with, I am kind of hampered with how much I can afford to start with when it comes to monthly instalments.

    Could I ask you, for your advice on which of the ones you mention above might be a good fit for me?
    Thank you very much Liz.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi David,
      I’d recommend looking into Big Cartel! It’s designed with artists and makers in mind, and its lowest plan starts at $10/month. (They also have a free plan if you want to list 5 products or fewer). It’s also super easy to set up and use. Big Cartel is better if you’re selling physical products instead of digital products. (You can sell digital products, but you have to use an integration.) Does that fit what you had in mind? Here’s a link to our Review of Big Cartel, which has more information.

        Kitty K

        As far as I know ‘Lemon Stand’ is going to close on June 5th, 2019.

          Steve L Joseph

          Hi Liz,

          If most of the cart systems you’ve reviewed don’t charge transaction fees can you give me your evidence based thoughts on why Shopify appears to be extremely popular with many small businesses? Is it a matter of “well business A, B, C and D are using Shopify and they’re successful so maybe we should to.”?


          – Steve

            Rose Holman

            Hi, Steve. Thanks for your question, it’s one we spend a lot of time thinking about! I’d encourage you to read our complete Shopify review for a more detailed picture of why Shopify is so popular, but I can say that Shopify consistently has a high overall user satisfaction rating (despite the expected complaints most software receives from a percentage of dissatisfied users), combined with the high market presence that you have mentioned. We have direct evidence of this in sites like G2 crowd, where real users contribute detailed reviews/pros/cons. When Shopify works well for merchants, it works really well, and this applies across a broad range of business types and sizes. It’s very easy for complete beginners to pick up, and then it accommodates expansion quite well as the business grows.

            I don’t have the exact numbers, but my hunch based on user feedback is that when we look at who Shopify “works well” for, we’re mostly talking about users who are able to avoid the transaction fees altogether by using Shopify Payments, and perhaps even receive a discount on payment processing on the higher subscription plans (over what Stripe normally would charge.). This is the default setup that most merchants will enter into from the beginning, and it works well when it works!

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