TradeGecko was first conceived in 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand, by Carl Thompson. After being dissatisfied with existing tools, Thompson decided to focus his efforts on creating a new inventory management platform. He partnered up with brothers Cameron and Bradley Priest, and brought their new business to Singapore to secure funding. In 2012, TradeGecko was launched, and now has offices in multiple countries. While Carl moved on to other projects, his cofounders the Priest brothers remain at the head of TradeGecko's operations.
3dcart was born in 1997 out of the personal development experience of founder and CEO Gonzalo Gil, who built a career on creating custom eCommerce solutions for businesses trying to go online. After recognizing trends among his clients' development requests, Gonzalo built 3dcart to bring all the necessary and most requested eCommerce features into one platform. 3dcart was created from the ground up to include everything other solutions were missing, and continues to grow with new features. The company is based in Tamarac, FL.
As if eCommerce didn't come with enough challenges, the stakes are even higher for B2B merchants. B2B buyers have certain expectations, and your online store will need to meet them in order to have a chance for success. These include the ability to set custom pricing to build relationships with the businesses you supply, features to allow ultra-fast reordering, the power to limit your store to established or accepted customers, and more. TradeGecko's B2B platform does provide all of these, but does it really give you everything your B2B business needs? Or is it better used specifically as software for inventory management and multichannel sales?
For building a full-featured online store and providing customers with a shopping cart, ClickFunnels is simply not a good solution. For that, you need 3dcart, the best choice for building an eCommerce website that functions as a complete online store. Your website will have a familiar catalog-style structure that helps customers find the products they're looking for, with product pages and as many categories or subcategories as necessary. 3dcart also includes numerous built-in tools to help grow your business and encourage customers to come back for more.
There's no denying that TradeGecko provides a powerful supply chain and inventory management platform, and both B2C and B2B merchants can greatly benefit from these tools — in fact, they may be some of the best available today. However, building your entire B2B online store with TradeGecko isn't recommended. There are simply too many limitations in everything from payment processing to web design, and you can have a lot more power over your B2B website with 3dcart. You can even keep using TradeGecko to manage your inventory thanks to our complete integration.
TradeGecko and 3dcart work seamlessly together to help with inventory management across multiple channels and streamline your overall workflow. Our TradeGecko integration takes only a few minutes to set up, and then you can experience all the benefits of both platforms: TradeGecko's robust inventory tools, and 3dcart's industry-leading eCommerce software. Whether you're selling B2B, B2C, or both, 3dcart and TradeGecko can equip you to succeed.
It's true that TradeGecko's B2B platform has the basics of what you need: customer-specific pricing, fast reordering, required customer registration, and more. But it's lacking in the type of advanced features you'll need to truly customize your store, even if you upgrade to the $599/month plan — which is only available as an annual payment of $7,188. However, 3dcart is packed with functionality that both equals and outmatches TradeGecko's, at a price of $379/month, or save 10% by paying annually ($4,093.20/year). Check out our B2B eCommerce plan and see for yourself.
To compete in today's eCommerce climate, your business needs to distinguish itself from others in every way possible. This includes locating your online store at its own unique domain name, as well as branding your email accounts with that URL. But TradeGecko doesn't allow you to use your own domain name unless you use its most expensive plan, and doesn't include email addresses with any plan. However, with 3dcart, you can use your own domain name on any plan, and our B2B plan includes a full 30 branded email accounts you can distribute to employees as necessary.
"My employees and I love TradeGecko for its multichannel inventory management features, so we thought it would be a natural fit when we decided to start selling wholesale. Well, after a few months I'd have to say we were wrong. There was just too much we couldn't do, especially considering how much we were paying. Now we still use TradeGecko for what it excels at (inventory control), but our actual B2B storefront is on 3dcart and we agree it's the perfect combination. Tons of features and running the business is much easier."
– Former TradeGecko B2B Store Owner
While TradeGecko does offer 24/7 support, a large number of users report slow response times and many claim that their issues are not being addressed. A common complaint is the receipt of a "canned response" that doesn't actually answer the question, and some feel that the TradeGecko support staff often doesn't read their questions before sending an answer. But 3dcart maintains a 24/7/365 tech support staff available by phone, ticket, and live chat, and is always ready to help with your exact concerns.
How does TradeGecko's B2B website design compare with 3dcart's?
The design of your online store serves two main purposes: it helps differentiate your brand from your competitors, and assists in providing customers with the browsing and shopping experience they desire. TradeGecko and 3dcart both include web design functionality, so let's see how they stack up.
TradeGecko offers modern web design that looks good on all devices, but its major flaw is the inclusion of only a single template. This template can be customized in a limited manner, but the end result is that your website will look very similar to others — except for your custom graphics and colors.
Unlike TradeGecko, 3dcart has an ever-growing library of free eCommerce templates covering numerous layouts and color schemes. Your store can start out with an on-brand design right away, and each template can also be freely customized with our Theme Editor and Drag n' Drop HTML Builder.
3dcart has built-in integrations with more payment providers than any other eCommerce platform in the industry, meaning you can serve B2B (and B2C) buyers with many more payment preferences. With 3dcart you can accept everything from paper checks to PayPal to Bitcoin and more. Digital wallets, customer financing, and regional payment methods are also available.
TradeGecko is severely lagging behind in payment processing, allowing only credit card payments through their integrated TradeGecko Payments. This severely limits your options for accepting payments, and while credit cards are still the most popular payment method and many businesses utilize a corporate card, not every business is in the same situation.
3dcart permits the sale of highly regulated industries like alcohol, tobacco, and adult products. This is accomplished through integrations with high-risk payment processors willing to work with stores selling these types of products as well as anything else designated high-risk.
TradeGecko does not allow highly regulated products to be sold on its platform, meaning B2B stores in these industries will need to look elsewhere. Any type of product that is governed by legal requirements such as age verification is inappropriate for TradeGecko's B2B platform.