Interspire Shopping Cart: E-Store in a Box

If you are going to run an online store, the first step is to get people to visit your site in the first place. That’s a huge challenge, to be sure, but the greater challenge is to convince these visitors to become buyers. If they don’t buy anything, you don’t make any money.

Providing you with a comprehensive e-store solution is the new Interspire Shopping Cart. If the name Interspire sounds familiar, that’s because this isn’t the first review that they’ve ordered.

You remember Mitchell Harper, right? He’s the guy behind such products as SendStudio NX. The Interspire Shopping Cart comes from the same pedigree.

A Complete Online Store from Interspire

In considering the creation of your online store, you may feel compelled to get software from a variety of sources. You may go with one company for the layout of your site, another to handle the customer database, and yet another to handle the checkout process. Why go through all that hassle when this shopping cart software from Interspire can handle it all?


While it may be known as the Interspire Shopping Cart, the software package is actually a comprehensive solution that handles every aspect of the online shopping experience. It’s not quite plug-and-play, as you’ll need to populate your site with products and such, but everything you need is there.

Features Beyond the Checkout

Among some of the notable features found within the Interspire Shopping Cart software are the following:

  • Drag and drop layout customization
  • Multiple logins with permissions
  • Refunds and store credits
  • Per-product inventory control
  • Over 30 store designs to choose from
  • Sell in multiple currencies
  • Suggested products and wish lists
  • Export to Intuit QuickBooks
  • Single page checkout
  • Integration with PayPal, Google, UPS, FedEx, etc.
  • Trackable coupon codes and bulk discounting
  • Full content management system

To get a much better sense of what you can expect from this ecommerce software, be sure to check out the video tour. It walks through a lot of features from both the perspective of the shopper and the shop owner.

Looking at the User Control Panel


As with other Interspire products, the administration panel is both clean and robust. All of the key navigation is found through the links near the top of the page, sifting through all the different sections of the online interface. There is no need to download anything to your computer, because everything (including site design) is browser-based.

Because the Interspire Shopping Cart has so many features, however, novice users may be overwhelmed with everything that this software package can do. It will certainly take some time to get accustomed to finding everything that you need, but the Interspire staff is always there to help.

Different Versions for Different Needs


The Interspire Shopping Cart is available in three different versions. One of the biggest differences between the Starter, Professional, and Ultimate versions of the Shopping Cart are the number of products that they can handle. The Starter gives you enough room for 100 products, whereas the Ultimate has room for an unlimited number of products.

Most of the critical features, like single page checkout, are available with all three versions, but the Starter does not have Quickbooks synchronization, XML order export, SMS order notifications, or an integrated RMA system, among other features. If you find that your chosen version is inadequate for your needs, you can always send Interspire a note saying that you’d like to upgrade.

You can also try the free online demo to test drive the software before buying.

How Much Does It Cost?

Interspire caters to people who are serious about making money online and its products are priced accordingly. This is no fly-by-night operation and they stand by their products with a money-back guarantee.


Interspire Shopping Cart is currently available in download form, so you’ll need to run it from your own web server. The Starter Edition, Professional Edition, and Ultimate Edition go for $295, $995, and $1795, respectively. A hosted version is also in the works.

Yes, this may sound like a lot of money for some “simple” software, but Interspire Shopping Cart is anything but simple. It offers everything that you need to open the virtual doors to your online store, including inventory control, website design, and, well, a shopping cart. If you consider how much it would cost to get these separately, Interspire’s solution starts to sound a lot more reasonable.


28 thoughts on “Interspire Shopping Cart: E-Store in a Box”

  1. Excellent review John, You always cover the good stuff!

    1. Michael Kwan actually wrote that review.

      1. But John still always provides the best content and new tools on his blog for us to see 😉

        1. You should really be thanking Michael though!

      2. Tushar says:

        John hasn’t written a review in months, I think.

        1. Paul B says:

          Michael seems to handle all the reviews here as well as a lot of the new content on TTZ. I hope John pays him well because the reviews really are top quality!

    2. Thanks for the tip Michael – if I need a shopping cart i will be sure to check them out first!

    3. Michael Kwan says:

      It never ceases to amaze me that this kind of discussion inevitably happens with every review that I post on John’s blog. More than one person will undoubtedly “thank” John for a “great” review. I am very appreciative of the people who chime in to correct them though. For the longest time, I provided the correction myself, but it started to feel like I was just feeding into my own ego by doing so.

      1. I don’t think it’s feeding into your own ego. You can’t help that some people obviously don’t read all of your reviews from top to bottom.

  2. the starter cart looks like a viable investment for anyone looking to start off a e-business and want to get off on the right foot! great post.

  3. James Brighton says:

    Nice review. We have been using Interspire products (we are a partner here in London) for 2 years and they are the best of breed – premium products. Their support is also top notch so if you’re looking to sell online their shopping cart is a perfect way to get started. Kudos to Mitch and the team for releasing such fantastic products and keeping their competitors up at night.

    James B.

    1. Jonk says:

      While they may be good – I have never bought their products – I wonder if other carts may be just as good.

      In terms of free carts, I haven’t found one yet that’s ok. But some commercial ones out there do a good job and you don’t need $300.

      My 2c

  4. Fauna Pryca says:

    Great post and product but this service is too expensive for now, don’t you think?

    Salu2 a To2

    1. Tushar says:

      Their products are quite steeply priced, but the price is affordable for most of their prospective clients.

      1. Jonk says:

        That’s right. This is targeted to people who like to dot their Is cross their Ts and get all areas right when starting a biz.

  5. Looks very promising…will check out for some other niche products I’m looking into…

  6. Edgar says:

    thats a lot of money to pay. I rather use WordPress Shopping cart plugin.

  7. Hi Michael,

    It looks a very good option for shopping cart. I will have in mind when I need one. Good review, Thanks.

  8. joe gelb says:

    Thankyou for the shopping cart tips. I feel I have been well informed.

  9. Timon Weller says:

    Nice clean interface with the shopping cart, I prefer Oscommerce myself, but for anyone not sure about scripting this shopping cart looks great, although the price is a bit high.

  10. It does look clean, but I already converted a WordPress installation into a full-blown shop a while back.

  11. Silvia says:

    I share the oppinion that is too expensive for most of people.

  12. Paul B says:

    $300 for your own store front is not a lot at all for people interested in selling real physical products online. Having that sort of functionality custom written would cost $4000-$5000 so it’s cheap!

  13. Great review, but the product is way too expensive to my mind. Though if I’ll ever need a shopping-cart I’ll check it out 🙂

  14. Andika says:

    This article shows why John rocks!

  15. while there are so many free ecommerce shopping carts, dose this one provider some special features?

  16. Dex Anthony says:

    Very good review. I know that it blows cre loaded and oscommerce out of the water but I wonder how it stands up to Magento. What are your thoughts on this?

    1. Trust me, it’s 10000 times better than Magento. Magento is slow, bloated and a nightmare to customize. Interspire code is beautiful and easy to change.

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