CartThrob 2


Foster Made

3rd Party (Commercial)

EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 2


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Add-On Type(s)

Extension, Fieldtype, Module


Using the power of ExpressionEngine and CartThrob, your store looks and works exactly like you envision it. Create your unique shopping experience with EE's built in templating system. Store orders and manage products using standard channel entries. CartThrob stores can look just like your site because they're truly integrated. CartThrob lets you make the most of your ExpressionEngine website. Sell products, software, donations, articles... tangible and intangible products. Take credit cards in real time, securely and with confidence. Add ecommerce capabilities to new or existing EE sites!

This entry is for CartThrob 2.

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Hooks Used

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  1. member_member_logout

This entry was created March 11, 2011, 1:08 pm.
This entry was last updated January 11, 2019, 3:45 pm.

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30 Reviews:

IC360 (Oliver Cannell) 10.21.14

IC360 (Oliver Cannell)
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Without CartThrob I wouldn’t be creating ecommerce sites. It allows me to design them exactly how I want and it has the power to manage customers, orders and products how I need. I’ve found their customer service excellent (using their support booking system). The Docs do need completing though.

moki 03.22.14

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The worst support experience I’ve ever had.  Subscriptions is entirely broken, numerous bugs in CartThrob itself, and we were directly stalled and lied to by the company.  CT may have been good once, but those days are long gone.  Stay away, caveat emptor.

TheSquid 03.12.14

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WORST 3RD PARTY SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE EVER. Module is filled with bugs and doesn’t work. I contacted support about 15 times and heard nothing in return. Finally decided to uninstall Cartthrob, and now EE throws configuration errors when I use the control panel. Lost over 20 hours and counting.

whiteroomuk 03.10.14

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​The previous review I left was unfair as the problem I was having turned out to be related to another third-party module (add-ons conflicting with each other is a bit of a problem with EE I have found). It turns out CartThrob is actually very good and well worth the money. The skype/telephone support system is a little strange (personally, I would prefer a web-based ticketing system) but I guess they need to use whatever works best for them. It’s not perfect and the documentation could use a bit of a tidy-up, but it’s saved me a lot of time – especially with payment gateway configuration, so I would definitely recommend it.

jdaalder 02.13.14

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There was a longish period where clearly BarrettNewton had some serious issues.  But in 2014 it looks strongly like they have turned the corner with updates & lots of support on EESE.  The product itself remains a genius way of selling what you want how you want - it’s amazingly flexible.

Paredes Creative 02.07.14

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I recently built an e-commerce website for a client and we started with Brilliant Retail. I wasn’t able to get any support. CartThrob is more intuitive, better documented, and their service is TOP NOTCH. Thanks to Chris Barrett for his promptness and professionalism. I HIGHLY recommend this over BR.

cmal 02.01.14

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CartThrob still seems to be the most capable Cart for EE, which is a shame. That being said, avoid it if you possibly can. It’s chock full of bugs and weird behavior, which might not be a deal-breaker if the support was there. But it isn’t. It’s non-existent.

Jason Turcotte 12.27.13

Jason Turcotte
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This add-on went from “hero to zero”.

I feel they were likely a victim of their own success. While it was a great add-on an our go-to e-commerce module, we won’t use it anymore because support is not only non-existant, but they haven’t even updated people to WHY there is no support anymore.

bangkokwebdesign 12.17.13

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Used to be the best cart out there and I used it in all my sites. At 1st support was great, but slowly it started dying down until it became non-existent. Refunds were also not honoured, I bought a plug in that was wrong for the job, emailed them 3 days later, 5 days later, 7 days later… nothing.

Amity Web 11.18.13

Amity Web
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This is a good add-on BUT… support has died. And you WILL need support, there are some bugs we have found. I do not recommend anyone part with $299 until the support is back. For this price you expect support, but we are getting none.

nevsie 10.21.13

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I have had great support in the past, and know there are some issues at this current time - so yes i think this product is at its end of life, hopefully things will get better and this will come back.

T2theC 10.03.13

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This product is dead! Another dissatisfied customer. Paid CT 1000s over the years. This is the most flexible system out there, But, zero support. Disgusted. PLEASE SAVE YOR MONEY. It’s embarrassing telling clients there still isn’t a fix to bugs after weeks of complaining to CT. Really sad.

padstow 09.24.13

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I need to add my voice to the list of users frustrated with the lack of support for this product.  It’s been buggy since day one, I get NO reply from support requests - none, zip, zero.  Going to go through the hassle of uninstalling and switching to Store now.

Matt Stein 09.11.13

Matt Stein
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No support, lots of *basic* bugs (some of which I’ve fixed and worked around myself), embarrassed to have talked a client into using this module. It’s not great for me, it’s awful for the client, and I desperately wish I’d made my own cart or tried another product.

aclee2 09.08.13

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All started well. The module is well designed, and it appears to have all the functionality I need. Then I ran into a problem and I could never get any support. I have reluctantly decided to move on to another shopping cart. Too bad. It appears that some people get support, but not me :(

ntolbert24 08.26.13

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Bad deal. Module is broken. Company does not answer support requests. Tried to get my money back and they won’t answer phone or respond to email. Not an honest company.

K1200 08.08.13

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Darn! Should’ve read the recent reviews. Tried the new subscriptions module and it is not even ready for Beta… doesn’t work at all and the developers don’t care. Have contacted support many times in last 12 days and nothing. Looks like this product has been abandoned.Hope the refund is honored.

rgb700 08.03.13

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I purchased CT Pro with Subscriptions and the product is mess. There are bugs in the CP, and I have never been able to get subscription renewals to work. Worst of all, there is no support. I contacted CT 6x and posted twice to the forum, and no response. Feel like I was robbed. Avoid at all costs!

77120 07.25.13

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Seems like the developers stopt caring about it, theres no way to get any support, even if you want to pay for it, no response at all.

Clive Portman 04.29.13

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Purchased both CartThrob Pro and the Subscriptions addon, but have been unable to get any support in over three weeks of trying (Contact form, Twitter, system within Cartthrob itself, forums). No support means 1 star only for me.

Tony Geer 06.21.12

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I used another popular ecommerce add-on and wasn’t happy with the restrictions and slow support. CT is the complete opposite - using channels for everything allows you the greatest flexibility and the support is outstanding.

Lee 05.11.12

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Currently on my 7th CT site. The thing I like most is that it’s a framework, and pretty much any feature you need can be built using CT tags. Plus the support is a m a z i n g - fast, helpful and detailed. I’ve tried BR (slow support imo) and Store and they’re OK, but ultimately restrictive.

Made By Shape 02.09.12

Made By Shape
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I’ve used this Addon since v1, and it’s the best eCommerce plugin i’ve found. It’s so flexible, and easy to build on top of. As well as an eCommerce site, i’ve used this plugin for an event site to take online payments. Support from CT is amazing also!

JCDerrick 01.13.12

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Cartthrob is, by far, the most flexible and customizable shopping cart solution available for EE2. Chris has always been fantastic with my support requests (and I do bug him frequently) and I couldn’t be happier with Cartthrob 2. I can’t image building a shopping cart in EE2 without this product.

Michael Layne 01.09.12

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Exceeded expectations all around.  Support - let’s just say they are more than helpful and quick with their responses.  CartThrob was a significant piece in allowing a project to be successful both form a development and client perspective.

Marc Miller 12.19.11

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Can’t say enough good things about the flexibility of this cart system. It has enabled me to create some really unique, outside-the-box ecommerce solutions for my clients.

Jon Horton 12.16.11

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Having used FoxEE and Foxycart, I can whole-heartedly say that CartThrob 2 is AMAZING.

Everything is very straightforward to setup, not to mention well documented.  And if you need support, they’re always quick to respond.  Awesome!

Thomas Boelskifte 07.02.11

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I’m very impressed with CartThrob. The fact that you can install a complete demo-store is awesome, and the price is spot on.

It’s great to see a developer that will rather sell more copies at low prices, than few expensive ones … others could learn! Support and tutorials are great too, awesome!

Brenton Murray 06.20.11

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Great add-on with great support. Love the flexibility with EE channels and SAEF.

Pricing option presents a lifesaver too!

rougeExciter 05.30.11

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CartThrob 2 is a superb eCommerce solution that leverages the power of EE 2.0 seamlessly integrating and using YOUR experience with EE 2.0 to make it incredibly easy to build your store.  I have used many solutions over the years. CartThrob 2 is the best. If you have trouble, support is 2nd to none.