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Thread: Third party service that allows users to upload their products and get % of the sale?

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    Third party service that allows users to upload their products and get % of the sale?

    Is there a third party software or service such as 3dcart where you can allow users to upload their products? I basically want to create a website like etsy.com and where you well something and etsy gets a %. Also is there a third party software or service where you can create a website where you charge for membership? We want people to be able to get charge monthly for a having a profile in our website.

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    There's Creativemarket.com
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    Check out WordPress + the Easy Digital Downloads plugin. You can use the "Marketplace" EDD addon to allow users to add their own products.

    For the second question, check out https://memberful.com/

    Combining the functionality of the two will be a bit more complicated.
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    Like DC said, what you're asking for is pretty complicated. If you're looking at third-party stuff to accomplish your goals, you're probably not going to find much of use, if anything.

    I guess my biggest problem with your question is you "want to create a site like etsy.com". Whenever anyone wants to replicate a site, they do so based on a fractured fairy tale. They assume that "if I can just code the features Site X did and make it look and feel like Site X, they will come." That never works for the simple reason that most of that went into Site X relates to things beyond just code. It relates to marketing. It relates to trial and error. It relates to a list of future features that users have asked for. It relates to the community of the site itself. Those are things that cannot be replicated if done correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    I guess my biggest problem with your question is you "want to create a site like etsy.com".
    That's the thing. Making an exact clone of a site will get you nowhere if you don't bring some sort of competitive advantage to the table.

    One example that comes to mind is how Facebook tried to clone Snapchat with their "Facebook Poke" product after their first acquisition bid failed. Despite the fact that Facebook has a monstrous marketing budget, it never really caught on because when it all came down to it, Facebook Poke was pretty much a Snapchat clone. People are already hooked on Snapchat, why would they switch to an exact clone that may or may not have the same contact list they already built up on Snapchat?

    I could go on, but I digress...
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    You also forgot that Facebook can't do anything right because it sucks and people are just starting to realize it.

    (Well...most of them. I've been saying it sucks for years.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    You also forgot that Facebook can't do anything right because it sucks and people are just starting to realize it.

    (Well...most of them. I've been saying it sucks for years.)
    Heh, well let's not leave out Google and all of their failed copycat products. Wave, Dodgeball, Jaiku. Too many to count, but they have cash to burn so I guess it's okay.

    But again (to the OP), it's okay to copy...just make sure you do it significantly better than your competitors. Otherwise, nobody's going to bother switching.

    Just new "features" may not be enough when users of a competing product have already invested tons of time building up their profile, etc. There's just not enough incentive to switch.


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