Heard that ProStores which is owned by eBay will be closing down for good. This is a real major blow for many of the ProStores merchants as they now have to scramble to look for an alternative platform to move all their products. However, eBay has given ProStores merchants up till 1st February 2015 to migrate to platforms of their choice.
While BigCommerce has been chosen as the ideal choice suggested by eBay to these merchants, many of them are currently comparing features and pricing with other top ecommerce service providers such as Volusion, Shopify, 3DCart, CoreCommerce, InstanteStore, Pinnacle Cart and others.
Many of them are weary that the migration process would be tedious and nerve wrecking if not done right on top of being time consuming. While BigCommerce is offering up to $900 in free and discounted services, merchants need to sign up on their landing page to see what are the other charges and subscription prices that they will need to bear if they choose to go with them.
Other hosted ecommerce providers such as InstanteStore are also offering a range of value added services to help these merchants :
- Migration assistance worth $700 migrate all products, categories, orders and customers over to InstanteStore. Require ProStores details to handle entire shift for merchants.
- Save $720 per year. Get their Big Money package worth $99.97 for only $39.97/month. Only valid if merchants sign up at their special link http://www.instantestore.com/
- $400 custom template design coupon if merchants want a custom template designed for their store
- $200 SEO service discount coupon to help their store rank high on the search engines for their keywords
Total Value: $2020
Not a bad deal I must say for $39.97/month while being able to enjoy all the benefits of InstanteStores Big Money package that normal merchants usually pay $99.97/month for.
For those who prefer a lower range package, InstanteStores Basic Startup package is only $19.97/month and also comes with the free migration assistance and coupons but merchants will not get the free upgrade to the Big Money plan.
With ProStores closing, merchants stand to benefit not only from the free ProStores migration services offered but also to get a brand new look for their shop and to experience more powerful features offered by some of the best ecommerce software providers. With only 7 months to go, merchants are encouraged not to wait till the last minute to migrate to another ecommerce platform.