Product Name: Goodsie
Price: $30 or $75 monthly
Free Trial: Yes
Guided Tour: No
Support: Email only
Goodsie is a very average service. If you’re looking to build a storefront online then Goodsie offers competitive pricing but that price reflects what you’re getting. It’s design features are unique, but unintuitive. It lacks basic optimization which is important for any new website, but even more so for an online store. In short, Goodsie is…just, okay. But there are better options available.
What I Liked
Goodsie has some features that make it unique in its space. The design, pricing and overall experience with Goodsie are all things I enjoyed.
Goodsie uses a frontend drag-n-drop builder that makes it simple to design a store to your specific needs. This type of builder seems to be gaining popularity with ecommerce store builders but Goodsie’s is unique.
With Goodsie you have control over everything, design-wise, on your storefront. Everything from colors and fonts, to padding and shadows can be completely customized. With a little patience and creativity, you could easily create a 100% unique store.
Having a unique design has always been important but users, especially buyers, are looking for this more and more. Shoppers want a unique experience. So Goodsie gets a lot of credit here.
If you’re going to setup a store and sell your products online you need to have a merchant account integrated within your store. A lot of ecommerce builders try to make this simple, but none have done quite as well as Goodsie.
Goodsie is already integrated with four merchants, Paypal, Braintree, Stripe and Authorize.net. So all you need to do is enter your account information and you’re done.
No transaction fees
Goodsie will never take a percentage of the sales you make. A lot of the other storefront builders will charge as much as 12% per transaction. I’m sure you can see how that could quickly add up and crush a new store.
There are other builders, like Goodsie that don’t charge transaction fees but they aren't integrated with merchants. The integration, without the fees is what makes Goodsie so unique.
Remember though, your merchant will charge a percentage per transaction and each one is different.
What I Didn't Like
While Goodsie offers a lot of great features that are unique to them, they also have a lot of downfalls. These downfalls are severe and they more than overshadow all the positive things about Goodsie.
One of the things I really liked about Goodsie was its front end builder. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the things I didn’t like. Goodsie’s builder, while it is unique, is also very complex.
It offers a lot of customization, which means the level of complexity can be quite high. To adjust something as simple as a background color, I would need to go through four different elements, determining the area and style each time.
I do admire the level of customization but it shouldn't be at such a high cost.
There should be a simple editing system, which would handle things like colors, fonts and images. And then another backend section for more advanced customizations.
Building a successful storefront online requires traffic. You need to attract the people who are searching for the things you sell, or they’ll never know you exist. The best way to do that is through ‘Search Engine Optimization’ (SEO).
Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. But it is important. For most businesses, SEO requires only a few basic things. These basics tell search engines like Google how to find and index your site or store in the search results.
Even the most basic builders come with optimization of some kind. Goodsie does not.
Goodsie’s optimization features include entering a title and description for individual pages within your store. This is a far cry from what is necessary to be found by search engines.
In many cases this would be fine, because a lot of other builders give you the option to optimize further, yourself. With Goodsie, you don't have this option. What you see is what you get.
- Here’s everything Goodsie has to say about optimizing your store.
- Here’s what Google has to say about the basics.
(Notice the difference here?)
This is a major flaw as far as I’m concerned and it’s probably the reason Goodsie isn’t a leading ecommerce storefront builder.
The support or better yet, lack of support, offered by Goodsie is a joke. When you’re building a business, online or offline, you want the tools you use to have support around the clock. Not only that, but you want it to be instant.
Goodsie offers neither of these. The fact that they have an email-only support system worries me. I could never trust my business to something like that.
They do have a support forum, which is pretty standard. But even it lacks activity, which tells me there’s a major lack of support from Goodsie all the way around.
What Makes Goodsie Different?
A big part of what makes Goodsie different, is the design tools they offer. There are good things about their tools and there are some bad things about it. Either way, it makes them different and I’m sure they understand that. I’d be surprised if Goodsie doesn’t improve and possibly perfect this tool within the next two or three years.
Who Is Goodsie For?
Goodsie is for anyone who already has their own merchant account, looking for a deep level of customization and wants to sell physical products online. Even so, I'm not convinced this is the best one that does this, since there are better solutions available.
This ecommerce platform didn't score too well, but there are other amazing ones out there that I've reviewed. My favorites so far are Big Commerce (92/100), Shopify (91/100), and Volusion (90/100). They all have different features, so check them out and see which one fits your goals best.
Goodsie Versus Affiliate Marketing
Goodsie requires you have your own product. If you don’t own any patents, or any physical goods then Goodsie isn’t going to help you make any money at all. Goodsie is nothing more than a digital shopping cart. You still have to provide the goods to put in that cart.
If selling physical products online sounds like something you want to do then do it. You can start right now. You don’t have to create your own though. You can sell other peoples products instead.
What I’m talking about is called “Affiliate marketing” and it’s the most efficient way to make money online, period. Here’s a list of things you would need before you could use Goodsie, that you don’t need to be an affiliate marketer.
- a merchant account
- shipping labels
- storage rooms
- workers comp
And that’s just the basic stuff. I’m sure there’s tons more we could add to that list but it would go on forever.
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