Last updated: December 22, 2022
ProductBig CartelShopify
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DescriptionBig Cartel is an eCommerce platform that focuses on servicing artistic and creative sellers. Powering more than 83,000 online stores, Big Cartel is an affordable choice for many, especially for its ease of navigation and customizable capabilities.Shopify is the leading eCommerce software that allows you to create an online store. It is simple to use and has all the features you need to run a successful online business. With Shopify, you can sell products online, accept payments, track inventory, and manage shipping. You can also customize your store with themes and apps to make it look exactly how you want.
Gitnux RatingThe product is not on GitnuxGreat Product
Pricing ModelTiered-PricingTiered-Pricing
Pricing Rates-5 Products
-50 Products
-500 Products
Could be better-Not as customizable as some competitors
-Many limitations in its features
-fewer users compared to competitors like Shopify
-May require paid plug-ins for customization and other important functions
-not many customization options
-higher cost than most competitors
Key Features-Customizable Shop Items
-Mobile Access
-User-friendly Templates
-Payment Processing
-Performance and Reliability
Support-Email/Help Desk
-Knowledge Base
-Email/Help Desk
-Knowledge Base
-Phone Support
-24/7 (Live Rep)
Extended Review
Best ForBig Cartel is an easy eCommerce solution that offers Templates and features such as inventory and shipment tracking, bulk editing, and more.Shopify is a great software to create eCommerce websites and multi-store websites, it is easy to use and approachable even for inexperienced users
FeatureBig CartelShopify
Abandoned Cart Recoverynoyes
SSL Securityyesyes
Mobile Appyesyes
SEO Featuresyesyes
Integrated Payment Functionsyesyes

Abandoned Cart Recovery

A very common occurrence in online stores is having customers add items to their baskets and then give up on the purchase or simply leave them sitting there for long periods of time. Shopify offers the option to automatically send an email to said customers and re-engage them in the purchase. Moreover, it allows the user to review abandoned purchases to discover why certain products are not being bought or why customers are not completing the check-out process. Big Cartel does not offer this function.


Templates are an important concern to everyone looking to set up an online store. Shopify currently offers 11 free themes and 100 premium ones, all the Shopify templates are easy to edit and professionally designed. Moreover, they are all designed to automatically adjust the website so it displays correctly on any type of device. Additionally, all the templates come with solid support from either Shopify or the template suppliers. On the other hand, Big Cartel only offers the user about 14 templates to choose from and no options for customization. However, its templates also come with multiple-device support.

SSL Security

When running an online store, payment security should be the top priority of any store owner to protect both themselves and the customers. Both Big Cartel and Shopify provide SSL Security allowing customers to check out safely in the store.

Mobile App

All Shopify templates automatically adjust themselves to properly work on mobile devices. The same can be said about Big Cartel although the mobile version can sometimes feel slow and clunky. Moreover, Shopify supports the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) software that optimizes mobile websites with faster page loading times.

SEO Features

Shopify possesses strong SEO features, it allows the user to use SSL easily to edit tags and meta descriptions, and XML sitemaps are automatically created for the user by the software. For everything else, Shopify relies on third-party plug-ins to set up the store’s SEO features. On the other end, while Big Cartel Templates are well-designed the user cannot edit URLs or publish blog content rendering the software overall weaker in this aspect when compared to Shopify.

Integrated Payment Functions

Being an eCommerce-focused software, Shopify offers its users a wide array of eCommerce-related functions such as dropshipping and first-party integrated payment software. Big Cartel also offers most of the same functions with some limitations. For instance, Big Cartel does not allow the use of Afterpay and does not possess an integrated payment processor, meaning that the user has to rely on third-party payment processing software and their possible payment fees.

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