Top 7 Shopping Carts for Mom Businesses

by Renae Christine —  — 9 Comments

The quality of the presentation and the efficiency of the shopping cart used are two great factors that can and will affect annual, monthly, and daily revenues of mom businesses. If you want to increase your bottom line, then you have to pay attention not only to what you sell but also your shopping cart—the site where you sell at and the ecommerce solution you use.

Best Shopping Carts to Use

So, what are the best shopping carts and systems to use?

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  1. Etsy—this is a marketplace highlighting handmade and vintage items. If you are into any kinds of crafts or if you’re selling art and craft supplies, then this will be a great place to set up shop. Etsy hosts. Easy to set-up. You are competing with other shops though so I suggest this as a starting point or a marketing tool.
  2. Shopify—if you want to start an online store without the headache of your own Web site then this is a good solution. This is also a good solution if you want your store autonomous from other shops. Shopify is continuously getting recognition, being a host to more than 25,000 online retailers including Pixar, Evernote, Epic Meal Time, and General Electric. Shopify hosts.
  3. TabJuice—this should be your top shopping cart choice if you want to be more social and start selling on Facebook using customized storefronts that regular eCommerce solutions offer.
  4. osCommerce—this is an open source (i.e., free) shopping cart continuously being developed through sponsorship from the community and corporate partners such as PayPal, HostGator, and Amazon Payments. You host. You deal with headaches. Great SEO though.
  5. Amazon—tagged as the largest online retailer in the world, is a great place to start selling any of your real and virtual products, thanks to its continuously growing popularity and massive follower and customer base.
  6. BigCommerce—if you’re looking not only for a shopping cart but also a business partner for web development and affiliate marketing business, then you might consider this option.
  7. eBay—eBay is not just the largest and most popular auction site; it is also a place where you can sell items at fixed prices. While Etsy is considered to be a boutique marketplace, ebay is considered to be a garage sale marketplace. It’s harder to sell your items at a premium price on ebay.

Choose any of the above based on your needs, preferences, and skills, and use them wisely to boost the mom businesses you have.

We will look at other facets of shopping carts in the next posts, and tomorrow, we will have a deeper look a specific shopping cart from the above list. Make sure you sign up for the daily e-mails, so you don’t miss them!


BONUS DISCUSSION: What other unique shopping cart solutions have you used? Or what do you like about the shopping carts above?

9 responses to Top 7 Shopping Carts for Mom Businesses

  1. Nice! I’m going to check out these options. There are a few here that I’m not familiar with. Currently, I have my shopping cart through Big Cartel (although my site is still in progress), and I like the ease of setup.

  2. For my site I use CS-Cart hosted by Merchant Moms. I also have another shop on and the thing I like about both of these options is that they offer automatic digital file delivery which totally simplifies my life! I’m hoping Etsy will someday offer this option.

  3. I use bigcartel which looks nice and it's super easy to setup, also on my website I use a paypal shopping cart, it's pretty basic but again easy to setup and free (except from the paypal fees)

  4. I’ve been using jot form because it’s free and easy to set up, but it doesn’t offer a lot of flexibility and doesn’t meet all my needs. I’m so glad to hve read this post. I’ll be lookin into other options now!!

  5. I use CS-Cart and I love it. There’s a one time small (ish) fee for the version I use. I used to use bigcartel, but I didn’t feel there were enough options for customizing.

  6. Express IT Paperie July 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I really liked this article on shopping carts because I have been trying to decide on the type of website I would like to have for my online store. There is so much to know about shopping carts and what will work best for your website. I like to be educated on what is available so when I discuss a website with a developer I have knowledge and direction to my needs to build my store. Thanks for this information and increasing my knowledge on shopping cart options.

  7. I keep hearing more and more folks say they use Big Cartel. I’ll put this on my lists of tutorials and in depth articles.

  8. I use Mal's E-commerce and it is free the version that I use. Very user friendly and I can set up the item in no time. It takes a bit of playing around but it is easy for doing discount codes and special deals. Not perfect, but good enough for what I need.

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