These online stores are pretty cool  - whether you are buying or selling goods and we have selected a few we think are the business:

 

Coriandr

www.coriandr.com

 

The good: An impressive UK store which has a good number of products

But: The search tools are not as good as elsewhere. Other sites have more categories.

 

 

Frooly

www.frooly.com

The good: Frooly has a wide range of goods and comes with social integeration. The items range from sporting goods to coffees, and you can also specify preferences to get more specific or relevant results.

The site is UK-based (so that's a plus too. Delivery is free so what you see on the price is what you pay.

There is a dedicated order line

Transactions are all VeriSign-secured – payment is managed through the site.

This is a very new site but local versions for London and major towns including Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds are due soon

 

But: It seems pricey to sell goods- £6 per month for a basic Online Shop and £29 per month for a Professional Business Shop, plus commission which ranges for 3% to 12.5 %.

 

Etsy

www.etsy.com

 

The Good: Etsy is a well established and respected brand name with a large range fo items for sale. 

 

But: You have to buy from one shop at a time and you can't process one large order from a number of different stores, which is an area that could be improved.

 

Dawanda

http://en.dawanda.com

The good: There is something for everyone at a range of prices so it is  good for all budgets.tThere are community and commerical features so it isn't 'cliquey'. Navigatiion is staightforward, and you can find quirky items. There is an advanced search feature which allows the user to browse specific categories. You can filter products by cost and choose free shipping for your orders.

There is a 'pinboards' feature which lets you manage your shopping basket and wish lists at the bottom of the screen, soyou don't need to navigate away from the page you are viewing to remind yourself of what you have added .

But: Euro based (a Berlin based site), so a currency converter would be helpful.Apart from this, the site is difficult to fault. 

 

Do you know any  great online stores ? What have your experiences been?

 

 

 

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