Are you looking for an ecommerce platform? Can’t decide where to sell your products?
Then fear not because this post is for you.
There comes a time when every site may seem the same and you can’t actually see which one better suits you and make a choice. After all, they all offer a built-in website editor, let you sell digital goods and have a relatively user-friendly interface.
So today we’re going to make things easy for you and review and compare two major ecommerce websites, Payhip and Sellfy and see, once and for all, which one is best for you.
Payhip vs Sellfy
Payhip is an ecommerce platform where you can sell digital and physical products, courses, and memberships.
Based in the UK, it started back in 2011. Its co-founders Abs Farah and Kahin Farah are engineers and designers.
Currently, it’s trusted by over 130,000 sellers from across the world. The team is very user-focused and open to all feedback!
You can read our Payhip tutorial here.
Sellfy is an ecommerce platform that started in 2011 and has grown since then to have over 60,000 creators trusting its service. With it, you can sell digital, physical, subscription and print-on-demand products from a beautiful online store.
The platform is aimed at creators of all sorts, from writers and designers to music producers and YouTubers.
They even have a YouTube Money Calculator where you can estimate your monthly earnings from ads and product sales.
Both Payhip and Sellfy let you sell physical products. However, they handle this differently.
Sellfy has the feature “Print on demand” which helps you sell t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and hats using their built-in print on demand. They automatically print incoming orders and send them to your customers!
Payhip does not offer this feature. They do, however, have inventory tracking. You can enter the amount of the product that you currently have and, every time a sale is made, one will be subtracted from this number.
Sellfy, on the other hand, requires you to manually influence the stock of each product.
Neither Sellfy nor Payhip Sellfy provides shipping or fulfillment services.
Although selling courses is something heavily advertised by Payhip and not so much by Sellfy, both platforms let you upload and monetize your courses.
However, Payhip seems to have a much more complete set of features to create a truly amazing series of lessons. Above there’s a picture of a course website created with Payhip.
Moreover, with Payhip you can easily offer live one-on-one consulting sessions. You can, for example, integrate with Calendly to assist with scheduling meetings and video calls!
Sellfy doesn’t include this integration, so if you want to offer consultations with your customers and schedule them, you’ll have to sign up for a Zapier account.
Payhip and Sellfy let you sell digital products like ebooks and videos, as well as software licenses. Payhip manages the generation, storage, and issuing of keys to protect your software.
On its normal plans, Sellfy lets you add up to 50 files per product, of up to 10 GB in size. But, should your product file be bigger than that, you may compress files in a zip folder or contact support to get a custom plan.
You can’t host your own videos, since Sellfy uses the Amazon cloud to store files.
Both platforms support PayPal and Stripe to receive payments. The funds will be deposited instantly in your account.
Additionally, Payhip handles the hassle of the 2015 EU VAT law, which is important not only for European citizens but everyone.
Both platforms come with several features to help you engage your audience, such as promotion resources and upsell options.
Payhip lets you set up an integration with 11 popular email service providers including MailChimp, GetResponse and ConvertKit.
Sellfy’s list of email integrations is a bit shorter (eight), however, they also offer their own email marketing services. They provide email campaign templates, analytics, customization and more!
Payhip has a built-in affiliate program for your own affiliates. You just share a signup code with them and you’re ready to start gaining money.
Sellfy, however, on the other hand, doesn’t let you offer an affiliate program. They only have a program to promote Sellfy itself.
Both Payhip and Sellfy let users sell memberships. Subscribers can access their own pages, view all their files, and manage subscriptions effortlessly. You can set up free trials and upload exclusive materials, all while being protected with stringent security measures.
However, with Payhip you have the advantage of selling multiple plans with different pricing, so you can target specific members and give them access to exclusive content.
Language and currencies
In order to sell more, you need to reach a wider audience. That’s why these platforms automatically translate your content into your buyers’ languages.
Payhip and Sellfy support a total of 8 languages. They don’t support the same languages, though, and if you want Russian you should go with Sellfy but go with Payhip for Dutch. Keep in mind that your dashboard on both sites will always be in English.
As to currencies, while Payhip supports 24 international currencies, Sellfy supports 25 currencies. So, you could say they’re practically even.
Although Sellfy doesn’t have a feature to build online communities, it does have an integration with Patreon. With it, you can give exclusive discounts or freebies to your patrons straight from your Sellfy store.
Sellfy also integrates with Zapier, which is another way of saying you can connect with over 2,000 other apps as long as you have a Zapier account.
Moreover, if you have a Wix site, you can install the Sellfy app into your Wix site from the Wix App Market and sell downloads.
Payhip also has tons of integrations like the ones we’ve been mentioning already, but not as many as Sellfy.
Sellfy has a mobile app available for iOS and Android. With it, you can access different kinds of information, such as the shipping address of an order. This way, you can mark items “shipped” via the app if you don’t have access to your desktop.
Payhip, on the contrary, hasn’t launched any mobile apps yet.
Payhip and Sellfy have different charging systems. Payhip prices vary according to transactional fees and all plans include the same features.
So Payhip has a free forever plan with a 5% transactional fee, a plan for $29 per month and a 2% transaction fee and finally, one for $99 per month and no transactional fee at all.
Sellfy’s plans, on the other hand, depending on how much your revenue and lower plans won’t include as many features as the upper plans:
- Free: sell up to 10 products, including print-on-demand products.
- Starter: $22 per month if paid annually. Sell unlimited products and access email marketing. Up to $10K in sales per year.
- Business: $59 per month. Remove Sellfy’s branding and access cart abandonment features. Up to $50k in sales per year.
- Premium: $119 per month. Get priority support. Up to $200k in sales per year.
Although their free plan, as you can see, is very limited, they offer a 14-day free trial in paid tiers to try their features.
In case your revenue exceeds the limit in Premium, you can reach out to Sellfy to find out about their offer for high-volume sellers.
They also have a 30-day money-back guarantee on all plans.
Support and resources
Sellfy has email support 24/7. They also have several Help docs so you never feel lost, as well as a blog with tutorials and inspirational stories, and a YouTube channel.
Payhip has a Help Center and a blog full of tutorials. You can also contact them via email and they’re usually quite quick to reply.
Payhip Pros and Cons
- Free plan.
- Handles VAT.
- Inventory tracking.
- Not many educational resources.
- No mobile app.
Sellfy Pros and Cons
- Print-on-demand feature.
- In-house email marketing service.
- Mobile app.
- Very limited free plan.
- Doesn’t have a built-in affiliate program.
So, after this comparison, the question is: Which is the best ecommerce platform, Payhip or Sellfy?
Well, if you’re looking for a place to easily sell t-shirts or other printed items as well as manage your email marketing campaigns, then Sellfy is ideal for you.
However, Sellfy’s does require you to do certain things that Payhip simply automates for you. So for those looking to save as much time as possible and try a lot of features for free, Payhip stands as a better option. It’s also best for people looking to offer live one-on-one consulting sessions.
But, of course, it all depends on your needs. Which platform do you choose? Tell us in the comments!
Still not sure about which ecommerce to choose? See our Payhip vs. Podia comparison!