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Spiffy Brian
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Can I just jump in here and second John’s post about Shopify?

There are better alternatives, and supporting a local, Australian company, can be better for your business. Things that are an afterthought for Shopify (and often cost you more), can be found already included in a locally developed solution. For example, Spiffy Stores includes real-time shipping rates from Australia Post (and New Zealand Post) on all plans except the entry level plan, but with Shopify you don’t get this unless you’re on their top plan.

And here’s something else that’s misleading. Shopify quotes their prices in US dollars, excluding GST, whereas a local company like Spiffy Stores will follow the law and quote in AU dollars with GST included. Therefore the Shopify plan that includes real-time shipping rates really costs around $470 AUD per month, compared with $59 AUD for Spiffy Stores.

We could go on in this manner, but at the end of the day, it’s also nice to be able to pick up the phone and talk to someone local, and if you’re really lucky, you can even talk to someone who has actually written the code!

John Debrincat, post: 264494, member: 2969 wrote:
Neither BigCommerce or Shopify automatically link to eBay Australia or Amazon Australia. Both need add-ons to connect to these marketplaces. That is a major downside of these platforms, you need 3rd party paid add-ons for almost everything. As they are developed by 3rd parties it matters little what the development investment is by Shopify or BigCommerce. Don’t kid yourself about how much is spent on R&D by shopify they spent over 200% more on marketing and sale vs research and development. They made a operating income loss of US$92 million in 2018. They have a US$64.5 million net loss to share holders in 2018 and have accumulated losses every year since they started reporting.

When will the love affair end?

P.S. eCorner support both eBay and Amazon Australia out of the box. eBay is easy to implement for a merchant but Amazon is a little harder and you need to know what you are doing. It is difficult to list products that are not already listed on Amazon and they need to be first approved by Amazon.