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The real cost of 3dcart vs. the real cost of Prestashop

A complete eCommerce solution vs. expensive self-hosted software

Prestashop may be free to download, but its users are faced with substantial costs in the long run. Since Prestashop is open source, you’ll need to pay for a hosting service, which can run anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars every year.

And the costs don’t stop there. Unless you’re comfortable with coding, to get your store up and running, you’ll need the help of web developers, IT specialists, and web designers. Plus, in order to supplement Prestashop’s barebones software, you’ll have to pay for numerous expensive add-ons that’ll quickly eat into your profits.

3dcart vs. Prestashop functionality comparison

A dedicated shopping cart solution vs. an expensive open source platform

Out-of-box features

Prestashop not only charges customer $19.99 just for their user guide, but an additional hundreds to thousands of dollars on add-ons for essential features like Single Page Checkout, abandoned cart tools, and a customer loyalty program. 3dcart includes all of these features, plus much more, with every plan for free.

Technical support

Planning on needing a little technical assistance? At Prestashop, you’ll have to pay anywhere from $699 to $1399 every year to gain access to their support, which limits help hours to 12 hours/year for their premium plan and 20 hours/year for their deluxe plan. 3dcart offers unlimited support for free, 24/7/365.

“I spent a month setting up my store and the following three months trying to fix their bugs. Prestashop is great in theory, but their slow load times, system overload errors, and ultra expensive add-ons make growing and maintaining a store impossible.”

– Ex-Prestashop customer

Ease-of-use

With an open source solution like Prestashop, starting an online store is tough work. Unless you have exceptional technical knowledge, you’re going to need to hire an IT professional to get your store off the ground. With 3dcart, you don’t need to have any design or programming experience, and setting up an online store takes just minutes.

Maintain control of your business

3dcart gives you the tools and freedom to manage your store how you see fit

3dcart: Freedom to choose your payment provider

3dcart supports more payment solutions than any other eCommerce platform. See a full list of payment providers here.

Prestashop: 16 payment gateways

Prestashop integrates with 16 gateways, with additional providers available as add-ons for $29.99 to $449.99.

Secure Level-1 PCI certified eCommerce solution vs. risky open source software

Secure & reliable, 24/7

Open source eCommerce software can spell disaster for store owners when updates are released to the platform. These updates often make changes to security vulnerabilities and frequently cause issues with 3rd party add-ons that cause them to stop working. At 3dcart, you’ll never have to worry about updates breaking your store or your patience. Our expert team ensures your online store is always up and running around-the-clock, 24/7/365.

Enterprise-level features available with every plan

3dcart offers the most advanced features to subscribers of every plan

A robust & scalable solution vs. a basic plugin

With out-of-the box features that adapt to complex business needs

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