There is no end to the number of places to list and sell items online. From eBay to Craigslist to your own website, setting up shop to sell online has never been easier. Getting noticed, however, and avoiding high fees is something else, of course.
Shoply.com hopes to fit in that space, offering storefronts for would be e-commerce sellers that are both free and easy to use. Shoply is also a centralized marketplace where all of these storefronts are gathered together so that those wanting to buy can easily locate what they’re looking for.
Shoply offers easily-built store catalogues, working in a way similar to eBay for item listings (sans the auction language). The site also takes care of the money handling, sending the money to the store’s owner in one of several ways (making it easy to accept payments and easier to get your money once payment is made).
Everything on Shoply is Web-based. Setting up shop for a full-on catalog of items or just to virtual garage sale your stuff once in a while is easy and straight-forward. Currently, however, Shoply is brand new and has little traffic. So don’t expect to sell anything really quickly right away. This will change with time, of course.
The site plans to monetize through a freemium model. A Basic store costs nothing and allows up to ten products with one image each, taking a 6% sales commission (that’s less than eBay/PayPal). A Pro and Max upgrade is available at a monthly fee of $9.99 or $19.99, both with lower commissions and costs.
Overall, the site is fun to play with and might become something, so it’s worth trying out.
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