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Overview

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Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at a retail location, and everywhere in between

Shift4Shop, formerly 3dcart, is an all-in-one eCommerce platform designed for any business. The scalable platform provides...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

29

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

5.6K

5

4

3

2

1

3,646

1,618

306

59

44

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

4.2

120

5

4

3

2

1

67

30

13

3

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
89%
would recommend this app

Pros

We love that is is really use to use, to manage the products and check the orders. It is very user friendly, which is really helpful when you have a large team.
I love how easy it is to check out. I love there is a card swiping device too so payments are flawlessly done.
Shopify is a popular tool with great support that makes it easy to get started an online e-commerce business. It has also great integration across different platforms like Laptops/PCs and smartphones.

Pros

They partner with great providers - i.e. FusionBot search has been wonderful in creating a custom solution for our site.
Love the ease of 3dcart and the amazing customer support. Even if it's a little thing of not being able to locate something they are quick to help and go out of their way to do so.
I really love that I can customize my store according to my requirements and it's fully secure.

Cons

Was not very much support on the stubborn aps that refuse to leave when you delete them.
Sometimes on the app I have trouble tracking my package either error from the sending company or from the something on my end in not understanding the app to it's fullest.
Bad practice, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. No other company does that.

Cons

I was searching for a platform that had the bells and whistles which Yahoo merchant solutions missed so badly.
The only problem I have encountered is the inability to provide a coupon based on type of checkout option.
There is no way to make price adjustments without changing each one individually. It is repetitive and time consuming.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review18 days ago

Key features

  • Total features46
  • API
  • Abandoned Cart Saver
  • Activity Dashboard
  • CRM
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • For Small Businesses
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Item Management
  • Kitting
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Store
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Refund Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Reviews Management
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Tax Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Website Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features35
  • API
  • Abandoned Cart Saver
  • Activity Dashboard
  • CRM
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • For Small Businesses
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Item Management
  • Kitting
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Store
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Refund Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Reviews Management
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Tax Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Website Management
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1275
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations102
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Shift4Shop

I would not recommend, there are better platforms that are easier to use

Reviewed 2 years ago

Do not like it at all. I would choose a different platform like Shopify in a heartbeat.

Pros

It was extremely inexpensive to get started with 3dcart. There are a lot of resources online for how to get started.

Cons

The platform is significantly behind the times as far as how many manual things you need to set up just to get started using the platform.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shift4Shop

A great value for the money

Reviewed a year ago

Rather than spend the money at Shopify, you can save a lot and get a great website to sell your online products.

Pros

When I was looking into e-commerce platforms, a friend of mine recommended 3dcart. I had never heard of them but I'm glad I checked them out. They are located in the US, have great value for money and give control to build a great website.

Cons

If you aren't "tech" savvy, the customization is better left to a professional. Other than that, I really like the product offering and enjoy the user interface.

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Technical Glitches

Reviewed 2 months ago

Not very good. Can't access my store and close it.

Pros

Shift4shop has a lot of features to customize your store.

Cons

I couldn't get back into my store. I contacted customer service several times to reset my password. No success. I'd like to just close it, but they tell me that I have to log in to do that. I've since moved on to Shopify.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shift4Shop

Greatest Value Shopping Cart

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have used many shopping carts such as Shopify, BigCommerce, VirtueMart (Joomla) and Miva 9, and 3dCart is by far the best. Many users claim that Shopify provides good SEO - yes and no. I found out that this is because Shopify automatically fill in the meta tag fields, so a novice user does not have to worry about SEO. Most of these other platforms have many restrictions and more meant for novice...

Pros

Easy to use, flexible, value for money

Cons

Setting up sub-categories can be a challenge

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shift4Shop

Best Shopping Cart Value Ever

Reviewed 7 months ago

I needed a shopping cart. I've used WooCommerce with PayPal before and was starting to use that for my new website. But it is clunky. I had heard of Shopify and decided to look into that solution. I started down the rabbit hole, found a few reviews that mentioned Shift4Shop, and never looked back.

Pros

The best thing about Shift4Shop is its price point - way less expensive than any other shopping cart out there. How much less expensive? All the way less expensive - it is free. Of course there is a catch with free, but that catch isn't oppressively - you need to use Shift4Payments as your credit card processor. The Shift4Payment fees are virtually the same as the fees rom PayPal or other online...

Cons

Like any software, there is a learning curve. And there are a few nit-picky things, but none of the nits are even close to a game-changer. There are a few head-scratching rough edge items - here's one example: When you enter your product's name, the default text is "Product Name" and when you click in the box, your curser is at the end of Product Name and you need to backspace those two words away....

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Shift4Shop

Good for the price

Reviewed 7 months ago

It's a decent ecommerce platform. Easy enough for beginners and best of all its free.

Pros

Shift4Shop (previously 3dcart) is a FREE website ecommerce platform. Unlike some of their competitors that charge you for every transaction, Shift4shop does not take a commission and they do not charge a monthly fee. It really is free, which is amazing. You do need to use their credit card processor, and the fee is 3%. But you will pay a CC processor no matter what, so ultimately the ecommerce website is still free. They have templates that are ready to go and are pretty decent. Updates are done automatically, so you don't need to be a techy to keep up (this was a concern when we previously self hosted and did Woocommerce). Ultimately we are happy and would recommend Shift4shop.

Cons

You have no control over some things. One time the entire website went down. Customer service told me I didn't even have a domain with them - even though it had been working and taking orders until the day before. And their customer service is not good. They are out of the country and have no control. Every issue needs to go to a different department. Which is not a big deal for small things, but when...