The advent of e-commerce has made it essential for businesses to set up online distribution channels and payment methods to cope with constant digital innovation. However, setting up an e-commerce platform can be difficult for entrepreneurs who don’t have a technology background.

For new entrepreneurs who are not familiar with e-commerce, SamCart is a great solutions provider. SamCart provides web development; sales support and online payment tools that help businesses expand their online presence. However, lack of features in basic plans and the added expense for additional features can make SamCart a problematic platform for many entrepreneurs. Fortunately, there are many alternatives that new businesses or businesses venturing into the online space can use to expand their operations.

Here are the top 6 alternatives to SamCart:

(We mention the hidden gems πŸ’Ž on top of our list, to give them more exposure, over the already popular ones)



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1. SnipCart

Whether it’s a simple shopping cart or a complete inventory management system, SnipCart provides a wide range of tools for e-commerce. Along with web design and payment features, SnipCart also has features to assist with accounting, tax management, and shipping which can be designed and customized using CSS, Javascript and HTML.


Pros

βœ”οΈ HTML-based features make integration easy

βœ”οΈ Cart designs are easy to customize through the SnipCart API

βœ”οΈ API/Webhooks available for automation and admin functions

βœ”οΈ Support and technical assistance provided directly by trained developers through the back end dashboard


Cons

❌ Lack of stock themes and templates

❌ Developer know-how required as platform is heavily code-based


Pricing

πŸ’° Standard plan – 2%/ transactions* + Payment gateway fees

πŸ’° Advanced plans have custom pricing


Best known for

SnipCart specializes in catering to the needs of web designers and developers. Since it offers HTML or CSS based features, it is a perfect SamCart alternative for people with a coding background who want the flexibility to customize their sites speedily.


2. Plug&Paid

Known to be a comprehensive SaaS platform, Plug&Paid enables businesses to embed products into existing e-commerce content. As a Distributed Commerce site, Plug&Paid provides features related to digital product distribution, subscription management and data storage/delivery as well.


Pros

βœ”οΈ Easy-to-install checkout cart features that support all major payment methods

βœ”οΈ Advanced data management features that provide secure storage, digital delivery and license management

βœ”οΈ Plugs available to send out automated emails, invoices and messages

βœ”οΈ Customised branding can be added easily


Cons

❌ Lack of web development tools

❌ Lack of features to offer a storefront or shop website


Pricing

πŸ’° Pay-as-you-go plan – $.024/transaction + 1.9% of transaction value

πŸ’° Lightning plan – $46/month

πŸ’° Both plans have a 7 day trial period


Best known for

Plug&Paid is best known for its checkout cart features, which can be embedded into any content site. Plug&Paid also excels as a payments solutions provider.



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3. Kartra

This comprehensive SaaS provider combines Customer, Email, Video and Shopping Cart management into one suite. Being a subsidiary of Genesis Digital, Kartra is also affiliated to web hosting tools WebinarJam and EverWebinar.


Pros

βœ”οΈ Easy to use pre-made templates and drag-and-drop interface

βœ”οΈ Advanced video hosting and webinar features

βœ”οΈ Native and Custom API integrations available for any platform

βœ”οΈ Advanced features to manage client accounts through a centralized master console


Cons

❌ Pricing on the higher side compared to peers

❌ Lack of accounting and shipping features


Pricing

πŸ’° Starter Plan – $99/month

πŸ’° Silver Plan – $199/month

πŸ’° Gold Plan – $299/month

πŸ’° Platinum Plan – $499/month

πŸ’° Custom pricing for Enterprise level accounts


Best known for

Along with being a one-stop-shop solutions provider, Kartra’s affiliation to WebinarJam and EverWebinar makes its video-hosting features superior to its peers. Kartra is a SamCart competitor perfect for businesses that specialize in online coaching or consultancy services.


4. PayKickSart

PayKickStart began by providing bare-bones shopping cart features with a simple Stripe or PayPal integration, it now provides subscription management, revenue boosting, affiliate marketing and billing features that enable their customers to upsell their products and recover lost revenue.


Pros

βœ”οΈ Versatile payment features that can even accommodate offline cash payments

βœ”οΈ Advanced features to manage and track subscriptions

βœ”οΈ Industry leading affiliate management features with built in marketing materials and leads/sales tracking tools

βœ”οΈ Solutions that can be customised for different product and service categories, e.g. SaaS, digital good, physical goods, memberships etc.


Cons

❌ Interface is not very streamlined or user friendly

❌ Pricing is on the higher side compared to peers


Pricing

πŸ’° Starter plan – $99/month

πŸ’° Growth Plan – $199/month

πŸ’° Scale Plan – $399/month

πŸ’° Free 14-day trial available for all plans

πŸ’° Custom plans also available as per monthly revenue


Best known for

One of the key areas in which PayKickStart excels is its affiliate marketing and subscription management features; hence it is perfect for subscription businesses or online coaching and marketing companies.


5. ThriveCart

With simplicity at its core, ThriveCart aims to make e-commerce easy for new businesses. Along with cart management, ThriveCart also provides tools upselling, click-funnels, affiliate management and CRM.


Pros

βœ”οΈ Simple, point-and-click carting features with ready to use, high-converting templates

βœ”οΈ Revenue boosting marketing features such as A/B testing and predicted sales

βœ”οΈ Retargeting and dunning features to help recover lost revenue

βœ”οΈ Features to help businesses with discounted and secure URLs


Cons

❌ Lack of product fulfilment and shipping features

❌ Lack of payment processing options


Pricing

πŸ’° One-time payment of $495 for lifetime access to standard features

πŸ’° One-time payment of $195 for lifetime access to professional features with an annual fee based on customizable add-ons. Payment processor fees are excluded.


Best known for

One of the best features of ThriveCart is the simple, ready-to-use carting feature that can be embedded or integrated with ease into any website. This SamCart alternative also offers unique analytics tools like A/B Testing.



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6. LeadCart

LeadCart is one of the lesser known e-commerce SaaS providers, but their platform is still very versatile and feature-packed. Along with shopping cart solutions, LeadCart also provides high-end upselling, click funnels and subscription management features that are paired with industry-leading analytics.


Pros

βœ”οΈ Automated shipping and product delivery features

βœ”οΈ Intuitive user interface

βœ”οΈ Streamlined control panel for affiliate and payment management

βœ”οΈ Extensive use of analytics to figure out which designs and templates generate the maximum profits


Cons

❌ Although templates and designs are extensively tested, they are fairly limited in numbers.

❌ Due to limited templates, customization options are also limited.


Pricing

πŸ’° Basic plan – $49/month

πŸ’° Pro plan – $99/month

πŸ’° Premium plan – $199/month

πŸ’° Custom pricing for agencies

πŸ’° Startups get 50% off their monthly/yearly subscription


Best known for

LeadCart excels when it comes to analytics. Even though the number of templates is limited, each one is tested extensively for profitability and actively modified based on changing consumer trends. LeadCart analytics also assist with retargeting, pixel tracking, brand management and affiliate pay-outs.


Conclusion

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