Year established: 2004
Product types: Fixed price listings, general merchandise
eCRATER is both a free web store builder and an online marketplace based in Irvine, California. If you are a seller, you can create your own free online store in minutes. If you are a buyer you can browse and search among millions of products. All eligible products are submitted to Google Shopping. You can also easily import your eBay products. The development of the eCRATER began in the early spring of 2004, and after many hours of hard work, eCRATER finally went live in the early fall of 2004.
Pros and cons for online sellers
- No fees per listing and low fees per sale
- Offers social media tools
- There are options to promote items on the site
- Low monthly traffic
- No option for store analytics
- Does not offer any information or tools for seller success
There are many different ways to go about selling items online. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when selling items on eCRATER:
- Select a store ID that reflects your business and what you’re selling. Your store ID will be part of your eCRATER URL, so make sure it drives home the branding of your business.
- Invest time designing your store. Unlike most marketplaces, your eCRATER store is highly customizable. Select a color template that will give your store some individuality. You can also upload a custom logo.
- Upload your item photos in a square format. eCRATER crops all item photos into a square images, so avoid unfortunate crops and pre-size your images accordingly.
Every year, eCommerceBytes conducts a survey of thousands of online sellers. The top marketplaces are rated by their users based on several categories. eCRATER’s results from 2016 are as follows:
Customer Service: 5.1/10
Ease of Use: 6.2/10
Would Recommend: 5/10
Details and features
Refer to the table below to get a sense of the various details and features for sellers on eCRATER.
|eCRATER Fees and Pricing|
|Fee per month||$0|
|Fee per sale||2.9% of sale price|
|Fee per listing||$0|
|Traffic and Online Engagement|
|US Site Rank||6,456|
|How many monthly unique visitors?||484 thousand|
|How many unique visits per seller?||eCrater has declined to provide this data.|
|What is the site’s bounce rate?||52.8%|
|What is the daily time spent on the site?||3:16|
|Store Policies and Customization|
|Can I customize my storefront?|
|Can I offer discounted listings?|
|Can I create featured listings?|
|Is there a public seller profile?|
|Is there public buyer feedback?|
|Tools for Sellers|
|Does the marketplace provide social media tools?|
|Does the marketplace provide options for shop analytics?|
|Does the marketplace provide resources for success?|
|Are there options to promote my listings or booth on the marketplace?|
|Is email support available?|
|Is phone support available?|
|Is live chat support available?|
|Most similar to: Amazon ArtFire Etsy|
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1. eCommerceBytes.Sellers Choice 2015: Merchants Rate Top Online Marketplaces.” Sellers Choice 2015: Merchants Rate Top Online Marketplaces. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
2. eCRATER. “eCRATER – Start shopping or open your free online store.” eCRATER.com. 17 Oct. 2003. Web. 15 June 2015.
3. eCRATER. “eCRATER FAQ & Site Info.” eCRATER.com. 17 Oct. 2003. Web. 15 June 2015.
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