Why marketplaces

Is a marketplace the right option for you?

Compare e-commerce vs true 3-sided marketplaces.

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260+ digital marketplaces in 170 countries with 1m+ products


Do you need a marketplace?

A marketplace has three key elements: a buyer, a seller, and an admin portal. Each has a unique set of roles and responsibilities that ensure the marketplace works properly.

If you are looking to have multiple merchants sell their products or services through your website, with the ability to have buyers purchase from several merchants at one time, then creating a custom marketplace is your best option.

The level of control you have over the marketplace will be much more beneficial for your operations and sales than just having an online shop.

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Buy vs build your marketplace

While many companies opt to build their marketplace in-house, this approach often brings about challenges such as high costs, longer time-to-market, and inevitable hurdles and delays. With over 11 years of experience and 500K development hours invested in perfecting marketplaces, we've conducted extensive research to understand the best solutions for each marketplace use case.

  • Rapid deployment

  • Powerful out-of-the-box functionality

  • Marketplace-ready API codes

  • Long deployment time building from scratch

  • Requires extensive project assessment (and tech stack selection, developers etc)

  • Less expensive to go-to-market

  • Less expensive to scale-up

  • Extremely expensive labour cost to hire planning and development resources

  • Extensive developer resources and support

  • Software maintenance included

  • Post-launch support available

  • Far less flexibility to change development partner once locked-in

  • Software maintenance and post-launch support additional to project cost

  • Flexible security and hosting options

  • Secure cloud-hosting included

  • Self-hosting options available

  • Hosting cost additional to project cost

  • High flexibility by using APIs for customisations and integrations

  • Some control but incomparable flexibility to scale and easily adapt

E-commerce platform vs
3-sided marketplaces

While some e-commerce platforms offer marketplace functionality, it often requires additional work and plugins, tying you to their ecosystem. In contrast, building a true 3-sided marketplace with buyer, seller, and admin portals grants you full control over the entire experience. Customise it to your exact needs, avoiding the limitations of a rigid platform.

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Customer reviews

Arcadier is a great platform for anyone looking to launch and test a marketplace MVP quickly and cost effectively. The end to end framework for a marketplace is taken care of so you can focus on building your business from day one.

Sara D.

Arcadier has truly revolutionised the e-commerce industry with their off-the-shelf marketplace templates. Arcadier helped us materialise our idea with their rental goods marketplace template, which allowed us to set up the website, payment processors etc. without any background knowledge in website design or coding.

Sue L.

From start to finish till finish, Arcadier guided us through the maze that would be the enterprise marketplace environment.

Sonya G.

Arcadier provided us with a seamless B2B experience.

Adrienne F.

Ready to build

your marketplace?

Discover the power of our API-based technology and launch your fully customisable and flexible marketplace faster. Contact the Arcadier team for more information.