Designed for painters, photographers, crafters, bakers, and authors, Big Cartel supports independents in their endeavors to produce and sell products they believe in. And it does so in an easy-to-access format.
Founded in 2005, Big Cartel was originally created by Matt Wigham, who was looking for a way to sell his band merchandise online. It has since expanded to serve nearly a million artists, including AR Ceramics and The Good Twin. Big cartel is web-based, fully hosted software, sporting simplicity of design and ease of use with zero transaction fees. Functions are simple, and the process of adding products, creating discounts, and managing orders and inventory is as smooth as it gets. Unfortunately, that ease of use comes with a limited feature set. If you’re selling mass quantities, Big Cartel likely won’t be able to fill your needs. However, if you’re just starting out or you don’t need a whole lot of advanced features, Big Cartel might be just the ticket.
While Big Cartel is not the right option for every merchant, for the independent artist, this software is one of the best options out there. Keep reading to learn about Big Cartel’s pricing and features.
Big Cartel’s pricing structure is based on the number of products you list. If you have five or fewer products, you can use their free plan (which has some limited functionality). Here’s what that plan looks like:
- $0 per month, 5 products
- 1 Image Per Product
- Facebook Store Access
- Order Management Features
- Sell In-Person Or Online
- Basic Customization (Change Colors, Fonts, Graphics, Or CSS But No Access To Store’s HTML)
- No Discount Code Functionality
- Choose From All Of Big Cartel’s Themes & Apps
- SEO Tools
- Access To Big Cartel Support
- Must Use Bigcartel.com URL
However, if you have more than five products, you’re going to have to purchase a paid plan, which allows for more products and provides additional features. Below is the paid plan pricing structure:
- Platinum: $9.99/Month, 25 Products
- Diamond: $19.99/Month, 100 Products
- Titanium: $29.99/Month, 300 Products
All paid plans include the same additional features. They come with:
- Five Images Per Product
- Integrated Google Analytics
- Inventory Tracking
- Discount Codes
- Custom URL Option
While the free plan is definitely an option for hobbyists, in order to really sell, you’re going to have to spring for a paid plan. That way you can provide more than one image for each product (which is crucial for online selling) and create discount codes. Fortunately, those paid plans aren’t all that expensive.