E-Commerce Online Stores
Internet Merchant Account Shopping Cart Price Comparison
Web Site Hosts with Shopping Cart and Real Time Processing*
|Microsoft bCentral®||Yahoo!® Store||eBay® Stores|
|Primary Fees||$19.95/month||$29.95/month or $259/year||$100/month for a store selling 50 items. $300/month for up to 1000 items. Larger stores costs $300/month for the first 1000 items plus $100/month for each additional 1000 items.||You pay: $9.95/month plus $.05/item added and pay on every sale: $25 and under: $1.25 $25.01 and up: $1.25 plus 2.5% of value over $25|
|Startup Costs||$99 set up||$59.85||$122.95||$9.95 plus use fees|
|Cancellation Penalty||None||$29.95 +||Yes - merchant account requires a six-month contract||None|
|Includes Merchant Account For Payment Processing||Yes||No||No||No|
|Merchant Account Cost||Included||$19.95/month||$22.95/month||Billed per use|
|1.99% to 2.49% + $.30 (AVS included)||2.35% + $.20+ $.10 AVS||Secret until after you sign up with Yahoo||3% for ticket sizes over $15 plus $.35|
|Rate review annually to lower rates as business grows and establishes reliability||Yes||No||No||No|
|Telephone Support||Included||$9.95/month||Not Available||Not Available|
|Total Costs (excluding transaction fees)||$19.95/month||$59.85/month||$122.95/month||$9.95/month plus use fees|
|Monthly Fees Waived if no activity||Yes||No||No||No|
Comparison of Shopping Cart, Hosting, and Processing Services
|Number of Companies/
|One Company, One Application||Two Companies, Two Applications||Two Companies, Two Applications||Two Companies, Two Applications|
|Accepts Online Check Payments||Yes||No Option||No Option||Yes|
|Fee for Online Checks||$.60/item||N/A||N/A||$.35/item+ 1.5%|
|Unlimited Products and Categories||Yes||40 MB total amount||50 product limit at this price level||Yes|
|Includes Email Accounts||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Choice of Payment for Sign up||Yes||No. A credit card is required||No. A credit card is required||Yes|
|Virtual Terminal for manual transaction entry? Process checks?||Yes/Yes||Yes/No||Yes/No||No/No|
|Receipt of transaction automatically sent to customer||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Onerous Restrictions vs. Merchant America||Indexed responses to numbered restrictions shown at right:
1) ECHO always notifies you of changes to programs and policies!
2) System features a 99% uptime guarantee!
3 & 5) Merchants are free to post links to their other commercial sites!
4 & 6) ECHO provides 24/7 Live Telephone Support!
2) Your access to and use is at your own risk. Microsoft makes no guarantees of any kind regarding the dependability, accuracy, security, timeliness or availability of the bCentral Network or such products or services.
|3) Can not post links to third party commerce web sites outside Yahoo! Shopping.
4) No phone support is available only via e-mail. Yahoo reserves the right to establish limitations on the extent of such support and the hours at which it is available.
|5) Can not post links to third party commerce web sites outside eBay.
6) No phone support is available, only via e-mail.
|* Information current as of 8/1/01. ECHO and its Merchant America service are not affiliated with Microsoft, eBay or Yahoo!, Inc. ECHO's best efforts were made to ensure the accuracy of all facts. BCentral is a registered trademark of Microsoft, Inc. Yahoo! is a registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. eBay is a registered trademark of eBay, Inc. MPC - 1 9/01|