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:
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.
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.
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