Is there any free e-commerce platform

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I have seen that there are number of e-commerce platforms. Some of them offering limited trial period while other put limitations about number of products. So is there any platform that would let me set up my store and not charge me anything not even the hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author leader
    Woo Commerce is a free WordPress plugin that can turn any WordPress site into an ecommerce store. I personally use Woo Commerce and I wouldn't use any thing else. Ive tried Shopify, Ive used BigCommerce, and I much prefer the interface on WooCommerce. So the fact that it is free is a bonus, but I actually use it because I really find it easiest to work with. You can build a fabulous store that looks as good as any Shopify store with Woo Commerce.

    Now of course, to run a WordPress site, you do have to pay for hosting. But hosting costs are minimal if you shop for a good, but affordable hosting provider.
    • Profile picture of the author salmonjames21
      Thanks for your suggestion but I would like to know such a platform that is free. By free I mean entirely free not even hosting. As I would give myself a try without any risk.
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    • Profile picture of the author salmonjames21
      But don't you think that it's not even free. For instance even Magento would let me add only 150 products and then I will have to go for enterprise so the thing is, I want one that should let me add as many products as I want and shouldn't play me tricks.
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  • Profile picture of the author salmonjames21
    But what if I need to go more than 10 products. So I would prefer someone that wouldn't do tricks to me as a matter of fact offer me something that is flat and plain.
    • Profile picture of the author Splatterfox
      Originally Posted by salmonjames21 View Post

      But what if I need to go more than 10 products. So I would prefer someone that wouldn't do tricks to me as a matter of fact offer me something that is flat and plain.
      That has nothing to do with "tricks". You want a software that is powerful enough to visualize your complete business and make it work smoothly? Well, you gotta pay for that, there is nothing tricky about this. Its cheaper than ever before to get your online store running.

      If you really want to pay NOTHING go with WooCommerce for WordPress, but you need your own webspace of course. If you don't have the money to afford this, then you are entirely wrong in the eCommerce business. When it comes to ads you will see that you need several hundred $ to get your business going (with few exceptions only). If you bargain for every $ you will have hard times. There is no "zero investment zero risks" in eCommerce.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    The OP wants to "run a store" - 50 items isn't enough - and doesn't want to pay for anything - not even hosting.

    Question: If someone buyers something from your (totally free) store...do you expect them to pay for that purchase? Or should they get it for free?

    How will you get paid for the purchase - I doubt you would want to pay a percentage for paypal or other payment processor.

    You want no investment, no cost, no risk - but expect to make money. That doesn't work. It's like opening a shoe store but not buying any shoes to put on the shelves...and still expecting to make money.
    • Profile picture of the author salmonjames21
      Thanks but I haven't used or referred PayPal. My question only limits to E-Commerce platforms. OK! say I already have PayPal with me. Now what? So tell me the suggestions where I can help realizing my dreams.
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Shopify shows a free 14 day trial with no credit card signup.

    You better make sure you have a traffic source first otherwise it's kinda pointless.
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  • Profile picture of the author davejarvys
    If nothing else this is an interesting idea.

    You can get a free .tk domain if you visit http://www.dot.tk/en/index.html I am really not convinced on the value of a tk domain. In my personal opinion it's a false investment but you wanted to do this free.

    From there point your domain at an account you've created at hostinger (free hosting). Again not something I would do especially not for a money site.

    Install WordPress and woocommerce and probably the optimizer theme.

    This theme does have a premium upgrade but is still good enough to run a woocommerce store.

    Now you can be up and running within a few hours for no money.


    Just a side note - if anyone is serious about their business don't do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaqsquash
    In general you get what you pay for. There are several self-hosted platforms such as those already mentioned but IMO if you have 19.99 a month it's worth to just get a paid platform, it makes things much easier and your site will look better. I personally wouldn't go with anything else but Shopify.
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  • Profile picture of the author salmonjames21
    Why would I troll even. Thanks for your all help anyways! I have figured out that Tibolli.NET is here that is offering each and everything for free.
  • Profile picture of the author tokyothekid
    If you want an entirely free store why not just use Craigslist. Free hosting, don't need to purchase a domain, and can have unlimited items (I think). Brand the image for each product.

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