Are you looking for an affordable alternative to PayKickStart?
You may already know that PayKickStart is a pricier shopping cart solution. But there are many cheaper alternative solutions available with a really good number of features.
Its lowest plan charges $99/mo with additional transaction fees. If you need an affiliate center and dunning management, you need to shell out $199/mo.
In this post, we have researched and come up with a top 7 PayKickStart alternatives to skyrocket your online business.
Let’s get started.
Top 7 PaykickStart alternatives reviewed
ThriveCart is one of the best shopping cart platforms that come at a one-time fee.
ThriveCart(review) is best for selling both physical and digital products. To boost your sales, you can offer discounts, coupons, bump offers, upsells, trials, recurring payments, and much more.
The main selling point of ThriveCart is its smooth checkout experience. You can customize the checkout pages with its drag-and-drop editor.
Also, unlike PayKickStart, ThriveCart comes with a built-in A/B testing feature to know what converts best when it comes to conversions.
Both PayKickStart and ThriveCart support dunning management, subscription management, and affiliate management. Also, along with Zapier and Webhooks custom integrations, both these platforms have a good number of direct integrations with email marketing, memberships, webinars, funnel builder software, and much more.
ThriveCart lifetime license costs $495. If you want advanced features like affiliate center, dunning management, and automatic sales tax calculation, you need to upgrade to the pro lifetime plan at an additional cost of $195.
As a side note, it also comes with a built-in sales tax calculation system that calculates tax based on location, product type, and all other variables, saving tons of your time and money. But to get this feature with PayKickStart, you need to integrate with Taxamo at an additional cost.
Bottomline: ThriveCart is best if you want to save huge money with its one-time fee. Its customization options, smooth checkout options, split testing, and sales funnel builder makes it the best value for money.
SamCart(review) is one of the leading shopping cart platforms you can use to sell your products, services, membership sites, and online courses.
You can create beautiful pages using its drag-and-drop builder that are mobile-ready. Similar to ThriveCart, SamCart also provides conversion boosters like 1-click upsells, order bumps, multi-option checkout, abandoned cart recovery, split testing, and much more.
With SamCart you will get advanced reporting, smart pixel tracking, dunning management, affiliate center, built-in sales tax calculations, and much more.
SamCart has recently introduced courses and membership site builders for you to create, sell, and deliver your courses right within the platform. You can manage the students, track their progress, automate the tasks, etc. This feature is lacking in tools like ThriveCart and PayKickStart.
With its membership sites, you can sell your content to paid members and earn recurring revenue. You can provide your members flexible payment plans like one-time and installments, making it easy for customers to pay.
SamCart comes with a 14-day free trial. Its premium plan starts at $49/mo and it has a limited number of features. You can save up to 20% if you go with their annual billing.
Bottomline: If you need an all-in-one platform to sell your products, courses, and memberships to earn recurring revenue, SamCart is the way to go. The introduction of courses and membership builders has eliminated the need for third-party integrations like Kajabi or Teachable.
SendOwl is a one-stop shop to sell your digital products, Physical Products, subscriptions, and memberships.
With SendOwl, you can create custom-branded checkout pages, custom checkout fields, customize the email templates for more personalized marketing.
Similar to other PayKickStart alternatives on this list, SendOwl also offers several marketing features like discount & promo codes, 1-click upsells, sending product updates & cart abandonment emails, and much more.
And the best part?
You can use safety management add-ons to keep your data safe by limiting the number of downloads, enabling video & audio streaming, 2-factor auth, PDF stamping, and time limiting the download links. This helps a ton to discourage piracy.
SendOwl provides a good number of integrations. Using its API, you can integrate with your favorite tools.
SendOwl comes with three pricing plans. Standard, self-hosted, and subscriptions. You can also try SendOwl free for 30 days without the need for a credit card.
Standard plan premium pricing starts at $15/mo and is limited to 30 products, 3GB storage. Standard pricing doesn’t support subscriptions.
If you want to sell more products along with subscriptions, go with self-hosted plans starting at $39/mo.
If you are more into subscription selling, subscription plans are best to go with.
Bottomline: If you are more into subscription selling SendOwl is the right choice. Its affordability and top-notch security features make it the best solution to power up your business.
Payhip is one of the easiest platforms to sell digital downloads and memberships. You can sell anything from ebooks, memberships, software, design assets, music to any type of digital product.
Its checkout pages are beautifully designed and responsive across all devices. You can customize your pages to match your brand.
You can sell the products from anywhere, including websites, social media, blogs, etc.
You can increase conversions by offering coupons, discounts, pay-what-you-want pricing, social discounts, and affiliate systems.
Payhip natively integrates with MailChimp and CampaignMonitor. You can easily sync your customers to the mailing lists, send emails on special days or cart abandonment emails, nurture your leads to become customers by sending highly personalized emails.
Payhip comes with a forever-free plan, and you can sell unlimited products and earn unlimited revenue. But it has a transaction fee of 5%, unlike Sellfy. You can get rid of the transaction fee if you purchase their pro plan at $99/mo.
Bottomline: If you are a beginner or need an affordable solution to sell your products, go with Payhip. You can start from the forever free plan and once you start earning a considerable amount of money, then it makes sense to switch to pro plan to save money on the charges.
Gumroad is an easy-to-use platform to sell your digital and physical products. Its main selling point is its ease of use.
To increase the sales, you can offer discounts, sell multiple versions of products, sell in customers currency, set pay what you want, etc.
One really stand out feature is – if you are selling software products, you can provide license keys.
If you are selling physical products, Gumroad makes it easy for you to manage the shipping, handling taxes, address verification, etc, so that you can focus on creating more products.
It handles payments through credit card and PayPal. Its checkout experience is very smooth and easy.
Gumroad has a free plan, it is enough if you are a beginner. It supports unlimited products but has limitations on the posts and workflows.
The pro plan charges $10/mo, it supports unlimited posts and workflows, CSS, custom domain, etc.
There is a Gumroad fee associated based on the revenue you earn. Until you make $1000 earnings, you have to pay a 9% fee.
Gumroad has limited features compared to its competitors like SamCart, ThriveCart, or Podia. Take a look at some best Gumroad alternatives if you need more advanced features like membership builder, course builder, etc.
Bottomline: If you are a beginner and want to start free, Gumroad is the best choice. Once your business gets a lift you can go with a pro plan to access its advanced features.
Sellfy is one of the cheapest e-Commerce services designed for creators, marketers, and entrepreneurs to sell both digital and physical products. You can sell ebooks, videos, audio, music, and files like PSD, AI, and more.
You can customize your store to match your brand, add a custom domain, and translate the store into your local language.
The best thing is you can sell physical products by printing on demand. For example, say if you want to sell the T-shirts, Sellfy will automatically print incoming orders and send them to your customers.
To maximize the conversions, Sellfy gives you the flexibility to sell from your website, social media, or anywhere else. You can add the buy now buttons, product cards, embed the store, add products links on your website or Facebook pages.
What’s more? Use Sellfy on cards and end screens within YouTube videos to drive additional traffic to your store.
It supports PayPal and Stripe payment gateways.
When it comes to pricing, Sellfy comes with a forever free plan. It also has a 14 days free trial. Its premium pricing starts at $29/mo. If you purchase annual plans, you can save 34%.
Bottomline: Sellfy is one of the cheapest and the easiest eCommerce platforms to build your store and start earning. Its 34% discount on the annual subscriptions and no hidden charges, advanced features on even the lowest plan makes it worth the investment.
WildApricot is one of the best scalable membership site software suitable for organizations of any size.
It comes with a website builder with pre-made templates for you to create beautiful memberships. It integrates with AWS for providing hosting and you can connect your own domain.
You can create and offer unlimited products and services through its online store. Provide multiple product variants, set various pricing levels, offer coupons and discounts to skyrocket your business.
But the downside is, if you are selling physical products, you will have to integrate with third-party software for handling shipping and delivery.
It has its native payment gateway Wild Apricot Payments (AffiniPay) to handle the payments. It has a small processing fee, handles sales tax/VAT, generates the invoices, and exports data to QuickBooks or .csv.
The best part is its events. Events are great at building a community of members. With its event management feature, you can create and promote events on your website, set up registrations, collect all the payments, share a calendar of upcoming events, and much more.
It has a free plan with up to 50 contacts. Personal plan at $48/mo handles 100 contacts. If you have a large organization, you may need to go with enterprise or global plans.
Bottomline: If you want to build a good membership site and need a dedicated website builder, go with WildApricot. It is suitable for small to medium to large organizations. It is scalable, as your business grows you can go with higher pricing plans.
ThriveCart is the best shopping cart solution that comes at a one time fee of $495. You can offer upsells, order bumps, discounts, coupons to scale your earnings.
If you are more into memberships or course creation, SamCart offers good value. It is rolling out the new features to take your marketing to the next level.
Sendowl is the right platform to sell tangible goods or any other products. It comes with cart abandonment features, safety management add-ons, allows integration with your favorite tools with API, etc.
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