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E-Commerce App Cost Estimate

What is an e-commerce app?

An e-commerce application is a web or mobile application that enables users to purchase and sell goods and services. E-commerce apps usually include an interface for browsing available products, viewing pricing information, adding items to a shopping cart, checking out of the store, managing user accounts, and reviewing previous purchases. E-commerce apps are similar to online product review apps, recipe apps, and web browser apps that allow you to search for products on the web. Popular e-commerce applications include Amazon, Etsy, and eBay. Examples of e-commerce apps built with Crowdbotics:

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

An e-commerce app usually costs about $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 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 previous e-commerce app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

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

An e-commerce app usually takes 291 hours to build. However, an e-commerce app can be built in as few as 100 hours, or in as many as 400 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your specific app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, complex logic, or non-standard release platforms. For example, some previous e-commerce apps build with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

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How to successfully grow your e-commerce application

An e-commerce app can attract new users by offering a large selection of merchandise, an intuitive interface, and the ability to pay for products with confidence. These apps are also commonly used for research before making purchases in physical stores. As a result, e-commerce apps should allow users to read reviews, search for specific products by keyword or brand, and save items that they want to buy in the future. E-commerce apps can increase customer loyalty by providing free shipping on certain purchases or special promotions that can only be redeemed through the app.

Risks and challenges of building an e-commerce application

An e-commerce app is exposed to the same legal risks as any other e-commerce site. You will want to ensure that your app is properly licensed (and that your company is properly licensed) and that you are meeting all of the tax laws for your target market. E-commerce applications can also be vulnerable to denial of service attacks, which may expose user data or result in financial loss. You should always build in fault tolerance mechanisms for handling server failures and protect against attempts to overwhelm your app’s resources.