Shopify is the Canadian based e-commerce platform that has been growing like crazy, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Often referred to as a competitor to Amazon, you might find yourself thinking that you would like to check out the Shopify experience to see what it’s all about, or maybe you are looking for an alternative to Amazon and would like to use your shopping dollars to vote for the little guy. The only problem is, how do you shop 🛒 on Shopify?
You see… Shopify is a not a marketplace (like Amazon or Rakuten)…. It isn’t a website that you land on and start searching for 👠”red shoes” 👟 or “cbd oil” or “Italian pasta” 🍝 or “Rolex watch” ⌚ and see search results of items for sale. Shopify is a platform. It is a tech company that has created a website builder to allow shops, manufacturers and merchants to easily build a very functional, very beautiful website to sell their items online directly to the consumer. Shopify is what allows small stores and huge brands alike to easily get online to sell you their goods.
Because Shopify makes it easy to build a website for e-commerce, more than 1.7 million businesses (as of 2020 according to Backlinko) have been using the Shopify platform to establish their e-commerce presence or make their transitions from brick-and-mortar only, to also offering their items for sale online in an effort to compete with online marketplaces like Amazon and Walmart. But because Shopify isn’t a marketplace like Amazon or Walmart or Rakuten, being able to search 🔎 for items and compare the offerings from many Shopify hosted stores hasn’t been easy…. Until now.
🔎 Search Shopify stores with Vendazzo
Vendazzo is a shopping search engine that allows shoppers to search for anything that they are looking to purchase, and get results from tens-of-thousands of shops. That means, if you want to shop from smaller, independent retailers, or direct from the brand or manufacturer, you can. We currently index around 100 million items, so there’s a good chance that we can help you find what you’re looking for.
Once you have found what you are shopping for on Vendazzo, with a single click you are taken to the independent shop’s store where you add the item to your cart, complete the sale, and they look after you as a valued customer.
Shop Local – Online
For any shops that have their location posted on their site, we are able to return results from shops that are within a user specified radius… Don’t see something close by? Widen your search and see if there’s a retailer in your state or province that has what you’re looking for. Still don’t see what you’re looking for? Remove the search radius altogether and search every item in the index.
Vendazzo is working hard to help stores from across America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand to be discovered by caring customers like you. With such a large index of shops from each of these countries we can help connect you with stores near you that have what you are looking for. In this way, we are doing what we can to support local economies and support local communities.
One of the biggest challenges for a small e-commerce business is the process of discovery. Getting noticed on the internet for the items that you sell can be exceptionally difficult for small businesses. In order for a shop to have their products discovered by potential customers they often rely on paid advertising on platforms like Facebook or through the Google Ad Network. This type of advertising comes at a direct cost, and doesn’t always turn into a sale for the shop. Vendazzo was built to help these stores reach new customers without the high cost and expertise required to navigate marketing tools like Facebook advertising and other ad networks.
Filters are your friend 🙋🏿♀️
In order to get the best results out of your shopping searches, use the filter button to select the desired currency, maximum distance from your current location (if you allow us to use your current location), price filters, and category of product. These filters will help you get the best results from your search, and allow you to start local, and move further out so that you can try to support local small businesses first.
Even though Shopify isn’t a marketplace website like Amazon, Walmart or Rakuten, you can still find almost everything you could want there… You just have to know where to look, and have the tools to help you out 🤜 🤛🏽.
When you shop at Shopify stores, there’s a good chance that you are supporting a small business, and with the right tools you can even shop locally online. Vendazzo is working hard to give you a hand in supporting small businesses directly by helping you find what they are selling.