Another popular e-commerce site is Big Cartel. Big Cartel is a marketplace designed with the artist in mind. Created to cater to painters, photographers, bakers and authors; this website offers a platform for artists to share their personal endeavors with the world at large. The Big Cartel platform is excellent for those that want to create an encompassing experience for their customers. Big Cartel offers web page customization unlike other eCommerce sites such as E Bay or Etsy. Many shops are extremely distinctive of each other with custom layouts and themes. It truly feels like you are surfing the buyers very own website.
Selling through Big Cartel also requires a membership. You can sign up for the platinum, diamond, titanium or gold package. The gold package is free but offers limited services in terms of how many items you are allowed to sell on the website. With the promise of free membership you are capped at selling only five products on Big Cartel. They do offer some flexibility however. You can change your plans at any time. If you wanted to upgrade to a more advanced plan or save money by scaling down to the gold plan you are free to do so. They also don’t charge you for the switch until your next automatic pay date.
Drop shipping through Big Cartel requires an connection between the external marketplace and your drop shipper. In this example we will use 4C Print Shop. All order integration to external marketplaces through 4C Print Shop is done through ShipStation. Once on the ShipStation website you will be able to connect your Big Cartel account and in turn integrate that order with the 4C Portal. For a more in depth breakdown of this process check out our video on how to integrate an order with ShipStation here. https:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIYQkjVcw2A&t=3s/