Storenvy: Free online store review

Hi guys Jon Kruse here from how to start a clothing company. Today I’m reviewing a new e-commerce store system called storenvy which offers a free stores to everyone. It is most similar to big cartel which charges  $10- $20 a month for it’s services but also includes a bunch of social networking stuff  to get your site seen.

Big cartel vs Storenvy

  • Bigcartel
  • There are only two things that big cartel has storenvy beat on. One is that you can use cnames on bigcartel and use your own domain.  The other is big cartel lets you have multiple pages you can edit and storenvy doesn’t let you add any extra pages besides the faq and contact pages. The downside is you have to drive all the traffic to your site by yourself and it costs you $20 a month for their best plan.
  • Storenvy
  • First and foremost it’s free and you have to love free. They have up to 5 pics per product, on bigcartel it would cost you $20 a month. The stats they give in the admin panel are great, even though you should be using google analytics to track all your stats.  I really like how easy it is to design a site in css and there are a couple sites that have started customizing their stores. Check out my site I did for my clothing line Shred and check out this site for Fashion Loves People. Storenvy has social networking to get you traffic and make sales. Finally I’ve spoken to the guys that work behind the scenes and they are passionate about what they’ve created and plan on making a lot of improvements.

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What the owner of Storenvy had to say.

“Storenvy doesn’t want to be just another online store system. There are hundreds of them out there already and have some of the same problems. They require you to drive all traffic to your store yourself, they only offer fulfillment, or made for only stores who are well established. On top of that in this day in age the internet is all about being social. Storenvy wanted to fix all of those problems and build the first Social Store Community.


Shopping Features.

  • Buy from multiple stores at once all shipping from different locations around the world. Pay all stores at once with one checkout.
  • Shoppers have the ability to browse between all stores at once by different product categories. From Apparel, Jewelry, Music, Books, Housewares, Toys and more.
  • Markets are a group of stores with similar interest. Example being handmade, Metal bands, & clothing companies. Shoppers will be able to see all stores in each market along with browse all products, and a forum to discuss what they find.


Social Features

  • Shoppers have the ability to make their own user profile/user account. With this they have the ability mark items they find on Storenvy as favorites, share with their friends, follow a store, leave comments, chat on the forums, and follow their friends and see what they are doing.
  • When you follow a store you find out whenever they add new products.
  • When you follow another Storenvy User you find out what they are favoriting, and comments they are making to help you find out about new and interesting items they discover.
  • Shoppers also have the option to share your favorite products they find on their facebook wall. (we are setting up Twitter integration right now as i type this)”

Storenvy is a great start for what looks like a very bright future. It doesn’t have big cartel beat on everything just yet but they also have a lot of things bigcartel doesn’t  have like a free system with social networking. I just made the switch last week and am really happy with what storenvy has to offer.

Also besides their e-commerce stores I know about storenvy because of their printing. There are lot of people out there that can vouch for their printing and really it’s the best printing/service I have ever gotten from a screen printer.  Large oversized prints, bright colors, and everything is super soft (no big piece of plastic here). Storenvy is offering 75 cents off American Apparel printed shirts until December 1st. I’m not sure if they still do this but when I first talked with them about printing they offered to send me a sample shirt, just ask Nick. Go to the storenvy printing page by clicking here.

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  • http://www.trippytaka.com trippytaka

    Interesting… we have chosen to run a big cartel e-commerce system at http://www.trippytaka.com.au – integrated it with wordpress. Works brilliantly.

    I’ll have to have a look and see if changing trippytaka.com over would be worth it.

  • http://n/a Detroit’s Own

    niiiiiice man! great post. love this site

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  • http://www.iamthetrend.com adam

    Nice write up jon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Biaka-Zaidarhzauva/111800937 Biaka Zaidarhzauva

    Storenvy has allowed our small company to run smaller accompanying sites. Such as a our website still in construction for Haiti. We still hold onto our Big Cartel, but slowly and surely will be moving completely to Storenvy.

  • ocdusaink

    I REALLY like this post. We're still in the VERY early stages of putting together our business. We do have a BC site, but, by some strange sense of irony, I was looking at the storenvy site for printing ideas. clicked on a link, then another and here I am. I didnt even realize they offer store fronts seeing as how I was concentrating solely on the printing. Its awesome to get someones feedback whos had some success using these guys. So, THANKS AGAIN!!

  • Info

    Question

    Is there any other sites besides these two that allow you to have a store w/ cart without using paypal?

  • jonkruse

    There are a lot. Shopify, magento, I am pretty sure that most standalone e-commerce systems will have a cart that can use paypal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/UVstyles UV styles

    Jon,

    Thank you for this post. It led me to put my products in Storenvy (Live today in Storenvy & facebook, took me only 1 day, which is great!!). I used this to complement with google site (with google checkout). This allows both paypal and credit card payment.

  • http://twitter.com/johnkruse johnkruse

    Well, shit, if we have the same name, then it MUST be the right choice!

  • jonkruse

    Close but Jon > John it's a scientific fact.

  • Gbreilly

    I am a newbie at the tee shirt biz – With storenvy free online store i would need to do my own fulfillment? Or do they do it? Do they print as well?

  • pig destroyer

    so if i bought a domain, i cant use it at storenvy at all?

  • jonkruse

    that's how it was before, not sure if they made any changes

  • Catdogkris

    thanks! when i go to the SHRED store, it starts as shred.storenvy.com. but after i click another link in the site, it becomes shredclothing.com. is it possible for anybody to make it like that?

    thanks again!

  • jonkruse

    The sites are run on storenvy and another one on wordpress on my own host.

  • http://fearlessthreads.storenvy.com Pam

    I use Storenvy and have loved it. It's easy and has some options my WordPress site does not have. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to start selling your products, but can't afford the cost of a website, web hosting and all the other costs involved with e-commerce stores. Try it!

  • nothingiconic

    Does store envy allow the use of discount codes or sales?

  • Squizzum

    this site and your guidance is legit, thanks jon

  • stefanietta

    Storenvy is much more easier to use. Also, I think you sell stuff easier and the listing is totally free! :) You get way more views and for example even though there’s been not even a week that I opened my shop, I had 3 buyers! :) It’s really nice.

    http://shewearsit.storenvy.com/

  • LKQ

    So I’m confused…store event seems like a site that only categorizes your website with others an doesn’t really give you your own site…as well as why are they promoting a free trial if their suppose to be free?