Matt from Ecwid here.
Did you try Ecwid? I decided to leave quick comments on your questions below, in case you’re considering Ecwid. Please feel free to ask for details.
One, my skills are limited. Will I be able to do this? I’m not afraid to ‘mess around’ and figure things out.
Ecwid is easy to set up and doesn’t require a developer or a designer, so you will be able to do that.
Two, getting the shipping right. This is a make or break thing for me. Customers will either be scared away by shipping costs or I’ll make them too low and, well, I am in business to make money like you. But my product is a physical item.
You can set up shipping rules that are based on customer location, order total, weight and number of items. This toolset should cover your needs. For example, you will be able to set up a free in-store pickup, a $3 local delivery, $5 in-state shipping, $7 out-of-state shipping and $10 international shipping, which will be automatically suggested at checkout based on customer location. Another option here is to enable automatic shipping rates (from USPS/FedEx/UPS or other carriers), in which case the shipping rate will be calculated automatically at checkout.
Three, I don’t get the pricing. I am currently hosted on Godaddy. Do I have to move? How do I get all those things by using Cartloom? Is it a cloud-server type of service?
Here is Ecwid pricing: https://www.ecwid.com/pricing . It doesn’t depend on hosting, you can use whatever hosting you like.
Four, what about taxes? I don’t see becoming the next Amazon, just a decent side business. In the ‘old days’ one only had to worry about taxes on items sold in your state. Things have changed.
Ecwid allows you to automate tax rates calculation in your store. So, you will get your customers charged proper amount of sales tax with each order. Two options:
- Manual setup. Like with shipping, you will be able to create a rates table that will depend on customer location. Could be laborious in some states because there are hundreds of rates.
- Automatic setup (available on $15/month plan). You enter your store location and Ecwid calculates tax rate based on your store location and your customer location.
Reporting of taxes is still on you, but there are tools/integrations available to automate this process as well (e.g. to auto-fill tax reports for each state).