The best way to start an eCommerce business today is to build a multi-seller marketplace. Marketplaces have a lot of advantages over traditional single-seller online stores. For example, a bigger product range, a larger audience, big revenues are among them. With a marketplace, you don’t even need to sell and store products yourself—your sellers will take care of it.
But there’s a downside, of course—building a marketplace can cost you an insane amount of money if you do it wrong. The budget planning is a very important part here and to plan your spendings right, you need to know how much approximately it will cost you to build an eCommerce marketplace. And this could be a problem. Costs for building a marketplace differ too much in different regions and you need to know exactly what you want your marketplace to have—modern design, specific features, integrations and so on.
The CS-Cart team has been developing a professional marketplace solution CS-Cart Multi-Vendor for 14 years now and they have over 500 development partner companies worldwide. So they know how much it can cost you to build a marketplace from scratch with customizations and with a ready-made marketplace solution (spoiler: a ready-made solution is way cheaper). Check out the infographic by CS-Cart: Costs to Build an eCommerce Marketplace.
Score from the experts at Killer Visual Strategies
Visual Communication - 75%
Design - 90%
Content/Script - 85%
Usability - 80%
This infographic provides an overview of what it takes to build an e-commerce marketplace, from research to maintenance. The clear, logically ordered sections each contain specific statistics with their own accompanying icons. While there are some missed opportunities for data visualization, the specific layout keeps the information easy to read. Additionally, consistent color palette and design style ensures a cohesive aesthetic. Spot illustrations at the top of each section are unique to each topic, supporting the topic's message and goals. However, some of the intricacies of this particular style make the smaller icons more difficult to parse. Luckily, the information is on topic and focused on the delivery of key information. The introduction is a little misleading, as it's not clear whether the specific scenario pertains to all marketplace costs or the ones reported below. However, the inclusion of sources supports further inquiry. Overall, this is a clear, focused infographic with a visual message — it just need a bit of narrative clarity to support the reading experience. We'd give this a B.