Although many artists, designers and other creative types would like to use the Internet to sell and market their products, they do not have the financial resources nor technical knowledge required to create and run an online business. Big Cartel provides the tools needed to start and operate an online store in a package that is user friendly and customizable. While the service is useful, certain tips should be followed to get the most value out of a Big Cartel subscription.
Choose the Right Subscription
Be realistic when selecting a subscription plan because, at the time of publication, the difference between the plans amounts to $120 yearly. Users who are unsure about which plan to choose should start off using the free "Gold" plan and then upgrade as their businesses grows. Because there are no contracts and everything is done on a month-to-month basis, any plan can be quickly upgraded or downgraded as needed.
Consider all of the Costs
When choosing between Big Cartel and other similar services, consider that while Big Cartel does charge a monthly fee for access to many of its premium services, there are no individual transaction fees. Depending on sales volume, it may be cheaper to use Big Cartel and pay a fixed monthly fee as opposed to paying for each item sold.
Plan for the Future
Consider the current size of an existing store or the projected size of a planned store when deciding on whether or not to use Big Cartel. While Big Cartel offers many advantages over other similar services, a maximum of 300 items can be listed in a Big Cartel store at any time. Determine whether it is worth the time and effort to create a store on Big Cartel if the store will eventually have to be moved.
Become an Educated Store Owner or Potential Owner
Try out some of the shops featured in the "Examples" section of the site to see whether or not the service will work for the needs of the business. Current Big Cartel users can use the "Examples" section to see how other sellers are utilizing the features on Big Cartel as well as for ideas about new products to sell. In addition to the Big Cartel site itself, there are many blogs and review sites dedicated to Big Cartel filled with helpful advice and suggestions.