Carolina China Collectibles is building a shop using the Shopify ecommerce system. To say the least, it is a frustrating experience.
Shopify sells on the premise that any one can set up a shop over night with little or no experience. I have a two words for that that I would rather not print here.
Actually you can do it if you use one of their themes as is and only plan to sell a hand full of products.
For someone who has many products that have several different manufacturers and are of several different types, then using one of Shopify pre-built themes will probably require some professional help.
For example.....I have 20 pieces of vintage china that was made by 5 or 6 different manufacturers and includes multiple types of china......cups, dishes, plates, platters, etc. I only found 2 of the Shopify themes that can handle the navigation without additional programming. One is a freebie which does a decent job but does not have a sophisticated look about it. The other is a premium theme that cost $180.00 and is short on header design. OK I can do that. It is a business expense.
I now have 2 potential themes that I may work with. One is a so-so appearance and the other is a ......Well, I could live with it......
Let me add here that I checked some third party theme makers. The themes are cheaper. I purchased one that seemed to do exactly what I wanted.....But when I installed it, I found that in order to get it to perform as the their promo showed, I needed to do some programming. Cost of theme and cost of a programmer is another business expense.
Nothing is as easy as the hucksters lead us to believe. I am sticking with it and am determined to make this thing work.