Shopping Cart Comparison – 2014

shopping cart comparison

Miva Compared to the Top Shopping Cart Choices

From our research, there are has never been any eCommerce platforms that can be evenly compared with Miva Merchant concerning pricing, features, and usability.

A quick, on the fly, analysis of our experiences is this:

  • BigCommerce – is too limited in add-ons/modules.
  • Shopify – is closer, but you have to use their credit card processor, or they take 1% of your sales off the top.
  • Volusion – has a clunky admin.

Shopping Cart Comparison by Business Model

Entry-Level SaaS Solutions – Venture Capital Financed. This includes:

  • Shopify
  • BigCommerce
  • Square
  • SquareSpace
  • Wix

Most of these companies are reportedly losing millions of dollars annually.

Personal Experience: we have lived through the “the hens coming home to roost”, as they say, with past companies in the last two decades in this industry. When the hard times came, many of them didn’t look out for their customers; it was the venture capitalists who had to see a return on their investment, and the customers took the hit.

Percentage of Sales Model

So both Shopify and BigCommerce do this, as well as Yahoo Stores, and high-end companies, like Demandware.

Personal note: It feels to us like a success tax in the worst way.

The Super High-Priced Model

The “Magento Enterprise” model, so to speak. They now charge $18,000 annually just for the license, and usually it takes at least that to host it on top of that.

The Per-Administrative Seat Billing Model

This method is well proven. Think of it as the “Salesforce” model. It’s used successfully by SalesForce, Sugar, InfusionSoft, QuickBooks, every Accounting System on the planet, and many, many more types of software. This is where Miva Shopping Cart falls.

Final Conclusion

For $50 /mo hosting (for their base plan), and $50 /mo for additional user seats, Miva is still the most competitive platform available in features, usability, cost, and 24/7 support.

Looking for a good Shopping Cart Platform? Consult with us.

Holly Nelson

Holly Nelson, CEO of 2C Development Group brings more than 20 years of success in internet marketing to every project. Her ability to identify production, communication, customer service and logistical pain points and to solve them through increased efficiencies in website design/development, online catalog management sales solutions, online content development and marketing brings consistent, clearly demonstrable ROI to clients. Follow on Twitter and Google+