A while ago (or, MORE than a while ago!) I started looking for an e-commerce vendor for my small, bespoke software company.

I looked a number of potentials:

Cleverbridge
Avangate
FastSpring

Out of the three, I had worked with Cleverbridge and Avangate. And found both to be competent.

However, FastSpring as a new kid on the block – and I have to say, I was very taken with their nice user interface, and flexibility.

One provider, Cleverbridge, quickly ruled themselves out. Upon contacting them, enquiring about their services, I was quickly told that they “only deal with companies with a monthly turn over of more than $20’000”. But they could do me a deal of a 12% commission and a $5000 setup fee.

Hmm, so then there became two.

After much tooing and froing, I have to admit, it was pure aesthetics that won. I just like the FastSpring user interface, and their support was exceptional.

So, I’m now a FastSpring customer. The Wildfire Software online store will be launching the same time our first product is released – some time this month in fact.