Note: I haven’t used SamCart. This review is not a review after buying SamCart. It’s a string of thoughts I compiled while researching SamCart and after checking out other SamCart reviews.
I’ve used Shopify for clients and I am working on a new ecommerce store using Shopify again.
You’d have heard of SamCart. Maybe you got an email or you’d have ended up reading a SamCart review somewhere, or at least just a mention.
It’s being touted as a simple-to-use shopping cart that you can use to sell absolutely anything online – courses, services, memberships, recurring subscriptions, and products.
I had to look into it when Chris Lema mentioned it in one of his blog posts. If he mentions something, it must be good enough. For the most part, his mentions and recommendations are indeed good.
Trust me. When I looked up SamCart and visited the website, I was impressed (and those were the first impressions). However, I have a reputation to be a lot more critical about anything online than most people are. So, I started digging around.
Does SamCart Suffer The Sticky Credit Card Syndrome
You know what I absolutely hate about buying a few SaaS products online? The inability to take your card off the system. I just don’t know why some companies have a tendency to take your credit card for ransom. While a few products do give you the opportunity to cancel subscriptions by writing to support, I still find it awkward.
When you do write to support, you’d have to explain why you cancel. A few popular products like Aweber, Adsbridge (a tracking platform used by affiliates), and even Vultr (an upcoming VPS option that helps you set up servers on the go).
Don’t get me wrong, those are all great products. But when I can’t get my credit card off, or cancel a subscription after signing up and after the fee trials, I get wary.
I am not sure if it’s easy enough to take the card off SamCart’s subscription. From what I see, it seems you’d have to write to support.
Also, you can’t use Paypal to buy.
From this ripoff report on SamCart, I also found that a customer has been charged $395 for nothing. Read the report here.
Restricted Checkout Page templates On SamCart
The current set of templates that Smart provides are amateurish and you get to only change colors, fonts, text, images, and the like. It’s not drag-and-drop, and so you can’t change anything much. Some templates have no guarantee sections and it can be frustrating if all you could was to use what’s given to you.
I know Brian is a great marketer and his experience is infallible. Yet, even he has to change with times as customers get used to the overabundant white pages with ugly-looking yellow highlighted sections with red arrows and buttons with circles around them.
SamCart lacks basic Features
It’s not like you’d set up a funnel with SamCart at the tail end of it, and then begin to expect cash to roll in. It won’t work that way.
You’d do a lot of marketing to get that sales funnel working for you. As such, you’d need Google Analytics tracking, a way to add retargeting pixel codes, Facebook Ads Pixels, and many other things. As I see it, SamCart doesn’t seem to be able to provide that.
They don’t support ecommerce tracking, Facebook tracking is poor, and many other tracking functionalities are absent.
* The digital asset delivery isn’t up to the mark. You upload a file, and SamCart delivers this to your buyer with a link to download.
* You might have to use another membership software and look to integrate that with SamCart.
* No price breaks when you want to provide products in bundles,or in bulk.
* SamCart allows for only two payment options.
* Limited Shopping Cart Abandonment functionality. I’ll quote CrazyEyeMarketing here:
“While you can manually setup cart abandonment functionality by hosting an alternate sales page elsewhere and then using SamCart to process the payments, it’s a “sloppy” setup and not one I like doing, unless absolutely necessary.
By not having this functionality built-in, SamCart is directly hurting a business’ bottom line.”
Shopify Vs SamCart: Why all the hype when Shopify does everything?
Shopify has been around for a long time now and it’s a trusted platform for ecommerce. You can sell products and services off Shopify. Let’s say you find Shopify’s themes (free and paid) restrictive, you also have the option of using “Shopify Buttons” and go with your WordPress setup too.
Build an Ecommerce site or start a course (using one of the many WordPress-based LMS options, and let Shopify process transactions.
You can run your store on any platform and just let Shopify handle transactions for about $10 per month.
Even if you choose to actually run your business on Shopify, you’d not be spending $99 per month (as SamCart does).
How exactly is SamCart better than Shopify?
What’s with all the hype?