New Sharetribe alternatives for 2020

New Sharetribe alternatives for 2020
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This article was updated in March 2020.

At the beginning of 2018, we have made a comparative list of 7 Sharetribe alternatives you can use to create an online marketplace. Since that time we received many comments and letters about other alternatives we didn’t include in our previous issue. We’re going to fix this situation in our ‘New Sharetribe alternatives for 2020’ that includes tools for both website and mobile applications. Additionally, some things changed for the previous year’s contestants. So we’ll also tell a bit about those changes.

Despite Syndicode supports the idea that online marketplace development can be provided in the most efficient way only from scratch, using Ruby on Rails framework, sometimes we do use Sharetribe marketplaces for our projects and can highly recommend this platform. Some of the projects we developed using Sharetribe are Strainly and Testagogo. Explore our marketplace business projects to evaluate our level.

Sharetribe is one of marketplace open systems and platforms we talked about in our material 3 ways to create an online marketplace. It supports multiple languages and is a good solution for marketplace owners who want to launch in a short timeframe. It is great for creating peer-to-peer marketplaces but not for multi-vendor marketplaces with organized storefronts.

However, if you want to choose a marketplace development platform, you need more information. You should know all the available alternatives and what they can do. Note, that today each marketplace development software offers own service:

  • No coding required
  • Easy to set-up
  • Feature-rich
  • Simple to customize
  • Fully hosted

So that makes it even harder to choose one marketplace builder!

Everything started from our article about self-hosted Sharetribe , where you could learn about its main advantages and problems. It is worth mentioning that this year Sharetribe saas marketplace builder solved some of its main disadvantages. To name,

  1. In 2019, Sharetribe added the support for Stripe Connect so anyone can now do online payments in Sharetribe Go open-source marketplace Stripe Connect. You can learn more about this update on GitHub.

  2. Now Sharetribe marketplace platform allows the export of a hashed password. This was not possible earlier but they’ve improved security and you can now specifically request an export with a hashed password. You can learn more here.

  3. Sharetribe Flex was introduced in March 2019. It provides a flexible booking flow, can be expanded on demand, has customizable UI & UX, WordPress theme, and received the ability to adjust the visual elements and design.

The other alternatives and open source marketplace app services we mentioned earlier have also received some improvements. And, of course, we added some new platforms to the comparison! Apart from Near Me, Marketplacer, Izberg, Mirakl, Arcadier, Cocorico, and Multivendor CS-Cart, here you will find Yo!Kart, Marketplaces Inc and Origami Marketplace.

New Sharetribe alternatives for 2020

  1. Near Me | Marketplace Software

    We included Near Me in the previous article without mentioning its vital features. First of all, Near Me product can handle huge traffic and provides updates automatically. Marketing integrations with Stripe, Balanced, and Paypal are coming out-of-the-box, and social media integrations with Facebook and more too. Moreover, there are so-called ‘Enterprise service partners’ to help to build custom integrations. Near Me marketplace platform is a high-price solution that offers intricate design services and different layers of software.
    Pricing
    From $200 billed monthly.
    Who’s using? 
    Cisco, Intel.

  2. Yo!Kart

    We didn’t include Yo!Kart before and that was a huge mistake. This multivendor eCommerce platform enables creating your own marketplace in an easy, quick, and cost-effective manner. Yo!Kart is compatible with most add-ons and comes with in-built integrations like ShipStation, Google Maps, Google Analytics, Mailchimp, etc. that make audience targeting and sales possible on an eCommerce marketplace. Like Near Me, Yo!Kart has 13 built-in Payment Gateways including PayPal, Amazon, and Stripe. It has a whole park of pre-built theme templates and customized design. Also, it provides database backup and multi-currency functionality.
    Pricing
    From $999 for the fully owned license.
    Who’s using?
    Loved Labels,  Mode & Seek.

  3. Marketplacer

    Marketplacer is a bit different from its competitors in terms of integrated services. Unlike most of the marketplace platforms that are using MailChimp, Google Analytics, PayPal etc, this global platform is using SendGrid, 3SIXTY1 and Adyen. Well, Marketplacer was born in Australia, and that might explain the different approach. In other customized marketplace development principles, it is similar to its competitors. The feature that stands out from the majority is ‘Multiple revenue models’ that can be instituted independently or together.
    Pricing
    Not stated.
    Who’s using?
    Red Balloon app.

  4. Izberg

    When we described Izberg last time, we talked about that this solution is not very appropriate for small companies. On the other hand, it can be used for already existed sites or mobile apps via integration regardless of the used CMS. Izberg shines when you need to expand your product catalog or digitize the transactions. It has a modular and flexible architecture, high-end plugin, and fully available by REST API.
    Pricing
    Not stated.
    Who’s using?
    Pixmania, vente-privee.

  5. Marketplaces Inc

    Marketplaces Ins is a fully automated marketplace development platform appropriate for multi-vendor online marketplaces. It has the whole typical set of features from customization and integrations to SEO and advertisement options. What is really good about this marketplace website tool, is the option for vendors when they can choose which regions & countries they wish to sell their items to and define custom pricing by product groups. Also, this platform provides a free SSL certificate and never charges the number of visitors or traffic to your online store.
    Pricing
    From $99 for a startup marketplace option.
    Who’s using?
    Loubilou saas, Rosas Crafts.

  6. Mirakl

    We have included Mirakl marketplace builder to our previous material about Sharetribe alternatives saying about its only one disadvantage – the low level of adoption (because of the relatively small user base). Like the rest of marketplace development products, including Symfony open source platform, Mirakl offers a bunch of customization-integration features and a well-structured admin panel. The good thing about Mirakl is the level of security that is provided on several compliances: Encryption, Backup policy, OWASP.
    Pricing
    Not stated.
    Who’s using?
    Auchan, Best Buy Canada web app.

  7. Arcadier

    Despite Arcadier marketplaces can’t scale smoothly as your marketplace grows, this platform gives you an outstanding friendly user experience for an online store. Its interface is very simple and rich with the all basic functions you need. Technically, Arcadier offers the same things that its competitors do, but a bit cheaper and in a simple-to-understand way. Another nice thing to mention is a bonus – Bulk Shipping option. Sellers can offer cheaper shipping surcharges for multiple quantities of different items as long as they use the same delivery method with a web or mobile app.
    Pricing
    From $34. Also, they offer 30 days free trial period.
    Who’s using?
    Not stated.

  8. Origami Marketplace

    Origami Marketplace is the new item of ecommerce software on our list. This is a French marketplace development platform that offers creating customizable and scalable online marketplaces for user satisfaction. It is not as popular as its competitors but offers almost the same: modular architecture compatible with the most of the CMS on the market. Delivery, payment, vendor management and more
    Pricing
    Not stated.
    Who’s using? 
    Commentseruiner, CuteLand.

  9. Cocorico

    Cocorico is another French platform delivering custom online marketplace building. What is special about this solution is that Cocorico is specializing in service marketplaces, and doesn’t yet offer a solution for the product marketplace. Hence, it’s impossible to sell physical products and perform order management or inventory management here. But this is an open source and developers can choose all the needed plugins from the library themselves to build, for instance, a rental marketplace. Another unique thing is the ‘Cocosearch Marketplace Algorithm’ for improving the conversion with analyzing user’s behavior, availability, and geographic location.
    Pricing

    Not stated.
    Who’s using?

    ClicLoc saas, DogVacances.

  10. Multivendor CS-Cart

    Marketplace builder tool CS-Cart empowered with a bunch of themes, templates and rich documentation, plus 3 months of free premium support. Except all mentioned above common for marketplace platform features, Multivendor CS-Cart includes over 70 built-in certified payment services. You can complete your online marketplace saas with any needed feature from ‘Customer Experience’, ‘Site Management’, ‘Marketing’, and ‘Integrations’ sections. Build it like a web or mobile constructor with your marketplace idea. The bad thing you might face is the slow down on the server because of too many smart features and poor user reviews.

    Pricing
    From $385 for a whole lifetime.
    Who’s using?
    ShopClues, Yumbles.

All of the presented alternatives give you a wide range of options to choose the marketplace solution that fits your needs as an entrepreneur. And the main difference usually lies in the price, support, and scalability. However, don’t forget that the real custom and unique online marketplace is usually built from scratch. Contact us about the detailed info on marketplace software development and discover the options for creating your own marketplace.

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