Fixed prices! Sell online with a simple store from Big Cartel

Posted by tom klein January 16, 2009

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Sometimes you just need a small solution to get a job done. If online selling is secondary to your core business, maybe you’re looking to distribute a tutorial or turn a profit on market research, too many features can just get in the way.

Think about Big Cartel instead. This platform was designed with the do-it-yourselfer or small shopkeeper in mind and offers the bare minimum of features required to sell a product or service online, such as:

  • A straightforward user interface that lets you create and manage your store, including inventory controls and sales stats
  • Pre-stocked store templates and page designs (or create your own)
  • The ability to charge sales tax and shipping and/or offer discount codes
  • Free Big Cartel domain or use your own
  • Convenient PayPal checkout – no need to setup or pay for credit card processing

Check out the store we threw together in 3 minutes (granted, that shows):

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Big Cartel offers a free account that comes with 5 product slots and hosting. The Diamond package, which is about $20/month, comes with 100 product slots, full customization, inventory tracking, product reviews, and visitor stats.

There’s no need to pay for a lot of extras you don’t need. Here’s a hassle-free solution for selling just about anything online.

Big Cartel offers control over site CSS, as well as access to their HTML & JavaScript API's, so you can customize your store to your heart's content and even integrate with external widgets and sites.

Big Cartel was designed for small apparel shops, artisans, and music distributors - the burgeoning online merchandise scene. Unlike an Etsy or an Ebay, here is a chance to put your product in the spotlight, without a middleman or sales fees attached.

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  1. This looks like a really simple platform for store creation. I haven't tested it out yet but the design from the outside appears straightforward. Also, there is Atlanta based CoffeeCup software who offer a shopping cart creator for those that are interested in buying local. You can reach the VP of Operation on Twitter @jc They also host Atlanta's yearly Webmaster Jam Session which is a great event for networking with other tech savvy Atlantans. Indie Labs has a pretty awesome setup with Big Cartel. Something about the structure of their website reminds me of Jackson Fish Market who is also worth checking out. Thanks for the find. Greg Bond posted on

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