How much does it cost to build an e-commerce app?

Standard price for an e-commerce app: $25,133

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What is an e-commerce app?

An e-commerce application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to purchase goods and services. E-commerce apps typically allow users to browse products, view pricing information, add items to shopping carts, review their orders before purchase, and pay for their orders.

Ecommerce apps are similar to most other consumer finance apps, such as purchasing apps, banking apps, and task apps. Amazon is the most popular e-commerce app on the market today.

Here are some recent e-commerce app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A subscription-based Shopify marketplace app with inventory tracking and a Braintree integration for other store fronts to use for dropshipping.

  • A mobile-friendly web app with a Stripe and Zoho integration built for the automotive industry that allows users to purchase vehicles from vendors and car dealerships.

  • An e-commerce app built for the food and beverage industry mobile app for the food and beverage industry that allows users to make reservations, view the menu by scanning a QR code, place an order, and rate their food and experience.

What is the typical cost to build an e-commerce app?

An e-commerce app usually costs $25,133 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $50,000. An e-commerce app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent e-commerce app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $25,199

  • $20,199

  • $30,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of an app:

How long does it take to build an e-commerce app?

An e-commerce app usually takes 335 hours to build. However, an e-commerce app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 667 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent e-commerce apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 336

  • 269

  • 400

How to successfully grow your e-commerce application

E-commerce apps can use a variety of growth strategies to attract new users. One common strategy is to offer a discount or special promotion to first-time buyers. In order to grow virally, e-commerce apps need to make it simple for users to share their app with friends and family, and they also need to provide incentive programs like loyalty rewards and referral bonuses.

Risks and challenges of building a e-commerce application

E-Commerce apps can face a range of legal and reputational risks, including the violation of intellectual property laws, the sale or promotion of illegal items, and the failure to verify vendors' business licenses. It is important to ensure that you are compliant with all applicable laws for products sold through your app, and that you have mechanisms for reporting vendor abuse.

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