About five years ago AmeriCommerce seemed to be poised to become one of the leading ecommerce platforms. And maybe seeing that the financial industry giant Capital One bought it. Then something went wrong. First AmeriCommerce became SparkPay and then it just seemed to lose all the traction it had. However, while ago the team behind the AmeriCommerce platform acquired it, raised funding and thus AmeriCommerce was reborn. In this review we look at how good this old and new AmeriCommerce is in 2020.
What is good about AmeriCommere in 2020
The first thing I really like about AmeriCommerce is that they have no sales limits. In practice sales limits mean that you can only generate a certain amount of revenue before you are upgraded to a more expensive plan – and unfortunately those sales limits are quite common among ecommerce platforms. The lack of sales limits might even make AmeriCommerce in practice bit cheaper than some other ecommerce platforms that purely based on the price of their cheapest plans seem cheaper but have sales limits.
The second thing I like about AmeriCommerce is that their platform makes it easy to design traditional (but not outdated) looking ecommerce stores. Those stores where the products, instead of flashy graphics, are the main thing. Obviously, the fact that is that the traditional product grid -look fits some industries much better than others.
The third thing I really like about AmeriCommerce is that all their store themes are free. While all the major ecommerce platforms have some free themes, most of the themes on other platforms cost at least $100. Depending on your budget even that $100 can make a big difference.
The fourth thing I like about AmeriCommerce is that they give a good amount of freedom for modifying the URL’s of store pages. That might not seem like a big deal but at least Shopify can be annoyingly strict with how the URLs of your store pages have to be.
What I don’t really like about AmeriCommerce
The biggest issue I came across with AmeriCommerce is that at least not all of their themes seem to be properly optimized for mobile screens. In practice, I had, for example, some issues with a menu when testing an AmeriCommerce store on a mobile phone. So if you suspect that lot of your customers might use mobile phones for visiting your store, it might be a good idea to pick an ecommere platform that automatically does a great job on optimizing for mobile screens.
The second thing I don’t like about AmeriCommerce is that while they do not have sales limits on any of their plans, they do have product limits. So, for example, with the cheapest ($24.95/month) AmeriCommerce plan you can add at most 100 products to your store. Although, it should be mentioned that AmeriCommerce’s product limits are quite fair, as already on the $99/month-plan you can add up to 5,000 products to your store.
The third thing I didn’t particularly like about AmeriCommerce is that they don’t give discounts to those who pick one of their two cheapest plans and are ready to pay in annual-basis. That might not seem like a big deal but, for example, Shopify gives 10% or 20% discount even to those who pick their cheapest plan and pay for a year or two in advance.
The fourth thing I don’t really like about AmeriCommerce is that it can be difficult to do dropshipping when using their platform. This as it appears that at least currently it is not possible to use Oberlo nor, for example, Modalyst (which are popular apps / extensions for doing dropshipping) with their platform. While Oberlo works (properly) only with Shopify, Modalyst works well also with at least Wix.
Should you use AmeriCommerce as your ecommerce platform?
The boring and maybe somewhat annoying answer to this question is: it depends. This as while AmeriCommerce is not the cheapest nor maybe for many situations the best ecommerce platform, it can be a great choice for running a simple, traditional, ecommerce store. And as AmeriCommerce gives new users a 14-day free trial I would recommend at least trying AmeriCommerce if you believe that you might want to have that kind of a store. Try AmeriCommerce for free.
Quick questions and answers about AmeriCommerce
Which AmeriCommerce plan should I pick?
In lot of cases the cheapest AmeriCommerce plan, “Steel”, is good enough to start with. Then if your store starts getting popular you can easily upgrade to a more advanced plan.
Can people from outside America use AmeriCommerce?
Yes. Despite of its name people from other parts of the world than America can also sign up for AmeriCommerce. However, it is good to note that if you are from a country that AmeriCommerce does not see as a key market for them, your options regarding the possible payment gateways to integrate with AmeriCommerce might be quite limited.
Which payment gateways does AmeriCommerce work with?
AmeriCommerce works with a rather large number of payment gateways. Some of the most of well known of them include, for example, Stripe and PayPal.