Should I launch fast with Go or custom-build with Flex?

Choosing the right marketplace solution depends on your idea, feature requirements, budget, timeline, and technical skills. Here are the main differences between Sharetribe Go and Sharetribe Flex.

When to choose...

Choose Go if...

You can build your Minimum Viable Platform with Go's feature set.

Go is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to get your marketplace idea out into the world. After you have validated your idea and know what your customers need, moving to Flex is simple.

You're not a developer and don't have the time or budget to hire one.

Go lets you create a complete marketplace website without any coding. Working with Flex always requires some development work. The minimum budget needed for launching a Flex marketplace is typically around $5K.

You want to launch your marketplace as fast as possible.

Setting up a marketplace with Go only takes a couple of minutes. Some of our customers have gone from idea to launch in a single day! With Flex, the build time is typically around one month or longer.

Ps. You can launch with Go and move to Flex later!

Choose Flex if...

You know you need more than Go's essential marketplace features.

Go has an extensive feature set, but for some marketplace ideas, it might not be enough for a Minimum Viable Platform. With Flex, you can build the missing features on top of Flex's APIs yourself. You can also integrate third-party apps or your own back-end.

You have specific requirements for design and UX.

Thanks to Flex's headless approach, you can design and develop your marketplace user experience according to your specs. This is great for established brands or entrepreneurs who know exactly how their UX should look, feel, and function.

You want to build a mobile app.

Flex gives you full freedom to build any kind of user interface, in web or mobile. Flex offers templates for both web and native mobile apps. With Go, you can only build a marketplace website (though it works great on mobile, too).

Basics

Go

Flex

Basics

Time to market

1 day

1 month

Customizability

Adjustable look & feel

Full flexibility

Do I need to code something?

None, nada, nothing!

Price

Starting at $79/mo

Starting at $299/mo

Supported payment providers

Stripe & PayPal

Stripe

API

Hosting & server monitoring

(but you need to host your front-end)

Backups

Software updates

Legal/regulatory compliance

Scalability

1,000,000 users

Unlimited

Customer support

Marketplace type

Renting products, vehicles, or spaces

Booking services

Selling tickets to events

Selling physical products

Free sharing of goods and services

Essential marketplace features

User management

Listing management

Location search

Booking & scheduling

Online payment

Reviews

Messaging

Booking calendar

Multiple languages

Custom-build more features

Advanced marketplace features

Integrating third-party software

Customizable transaction process

Possibility to build a mobile app


Always included in both Go & Flex

All essential marketplace features

Secure online payments

Powerful admin tools

Regular updates & new features

Carefree infrastructure

Legal & regulatory compliance

Maintenance & backups

Expert support 7 days a week

Let's build a marketplace!

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