eBay and Amazon sellers looking for an ecommerce helpdesk once had few options. That’s finally changing. Thanks to new developers coming up with ways to integrate with the marketplaces’ complicated APIs, the old standbys have some serious competition. Here are some of the old and the new:
Last updated 7/2/2018.
Zendesk has been a leading online helpdesk for years. They’ve always offered fantastic tools for ecommerce customer service, making it easy to manage customer service emails, social media support, and even live chat and phone support with a few upgrades. The extreme flexibility of Zendesk pricing plans has also made them affordable for businesses of all sizes.
In addition to managing your company’s support emails and top social media channels, Zendesk can integrate with popular ecommerce platforms like Shopify. You really do get all your support on one screen.
ChannelReply gave sellers the long-awaited freedom to integrate Zendesk with Amazon and eBay in early 2015. Since then, it has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Zendesk. A free version, ChannelReply Lite, is also now available to give new sellers the help they need to get off the ground.
2. Reply Manager
Reply Manager is one of the oldest players on the field, and we’d be remiss not to mention them. They’ve served as an ecommerce help desk since 2001 and specialized in online marketplaces. However, we can’t recommend them.
Reply Manager was acquired by xSellco (a rival help desk, which we’ll discuss later) in early 2015. At first, things went well and customers mostly posted positive reviews. But then everything fell apart.
In October 2016, xSellco forced a massive update on Reply Manager customers—and it completely broke the system. For nearly a year, customers reported that their marketplace messages were disappearing, that crashes regularly occured and bugs were rampant, and that all organization had disintegrated.
If the brutally honest reviews on WebRetailer are any indication, they've completely lost the trust of a huge number of once-loyal customers. It's not an experience many would risk repeating.
3. xSellco Helpdesk
xSellco Helpdesk (formerly XSellco Fusion) is generally well-regarded. This all-in-one ecommerce help desk connects with Amazon, eBay, Shopify, and others, and its message management tools make it a worthy competitor for Zendesk.
However, xSellco Helpdesk costs more than Zendesk and ChannelReply combined in almost all situations. It also has more limitations—for example, it has no fixed-price option for unlimited tickets, even if you’re willing to pay over $9,500 a year for their top subscription level. You can get unlimited messages with ChannelReply and Zendesk for less than a quarter of that price.
On top of the limitations and constantly rising cost, one has to worry about them forcing a bad update that lasts 10 months or longer like they did with Reply Manager. Could you imagine if you’d paid $9,500 for a one-year subscription and then they broke the software for virtually the entire duration?
- Zendesk + ChannelReply vs. xSellco Pricing Calculator
- Freshdesk + ChannelReply vs. xSellco Cost Calculator
Freshdesk is the newest ecommerce helpdesk for eBay and Amazon sellers. One of the most popular customer service software suites available, it’s also one of the most affordable. ChannelReply integration with Freshdesk works with any account level, including the 100% free Sprout plan.
Freshdesk also works hard to roll out the red carpet to all of their customers. In addition to providing a 21-day free trial, they offer 24/7 email support and 24/5 phone support regardless of what plan you’re using. Most other platforms only provide that level of support to their highest-paying users.
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