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What are the differences between single and multi-vendor e-commerce websites?

If you are looking forward to stepping into the e-commerce business, it’s very crucial to learn the differences between single-vendor and multi-vendor e-commerce websites.

A single-vendor e-commerce website is a marketplace where a single seller or business owner is selling products or services to buyers or customers. A multi-vendor e-commerce website is a marketplace where multiple sellers or business owners are selling products or services to a variety types of customers.  

After reading this article you will be knowledgeable enough to decide your e-commerce marketplace which would the best match for your online store – a single-vendor or a multi-vendor marketplace.

Here are some important factors you must consider before deciding your marketplace for your online e-commerce business.

Factors to Consider Before Deciding Single-Vendor or Multi-Vendor E-Commerce Website

Administrative Authority                                                      

  • Single-vendor: in a single-vendor e-commerce website 2 users are engaged – 1) seller or business owner and 2) buyer or customer. The only seller or business owner reserves the admin authority to sell products or services to the customers.
  • Multi-vendor: in a multi-vendor e-commerce website 3 users are engaged – 1) admin, 2) seller, and 3) buyer. The admin and seller are not the same like a single-vendor marketplace. Several sellers sell their products or services and the admin earns a certain commission on each sale.  

Marketing and Advertisements

  • Single-vendor: in a single-vendor e-commerce website, the admin runs advertisements targeting only potential buyers.
  • Multi-vendor: in a multi-vendor e-commerce website, the admin runs advertisements targeting both potential buyers as well as sellers.  

Income Sources

  • Single-vendor: income opportunities are less compared to multi-vendor e-commerce marketplaces. Sources of income include – revenue generated for sales, affiliate sales, banner ads, etc.
  • Multi-vendor: income opportunities are higher compared to a single-vendor e-commerce marketplace. Sources of income include – commission per sale, listing costs, banner ads, and seller subscription charges.

Product Listing

  • Single-vendor: in a single-vendor e-commerce website, only the admin or business owner can list or update the products through the admin panel.
  • Multi-vendor: in a multi-vendor e-commerce website, admin and vendor both can list or manage products through the product catalog.

Costing

  • Single-vendor: the price will be typically lesser than the multi-vendor e-commerce marketplace for its less complicated modules. 
  • Multi-vendor: the price will be higher compared to a single-vendor e-commerce marketplace for its several individual and complicated modules.

Survival Issues

  • Single-vendor: the larger the vendor, the better. A big vendor is likely to survive for a long period of time.
  • Multi-vendor: smaller vendors can reach only a certain level of success. Smaller vendors always remain at risk.

Final Words:

E-commerce industry is a trending business opportunity nowadays. The website is a key factor of e-commerce business that can make or break your online-store business.

It’s highly recommended to consult a qualified e-commerce business expert before taking any decision regarding the e-commerce marketplace.

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