I've been trying to find an answer for this question for some time, but I haven't been able to.
I have a client with a small store (i.e 5-10 employees) that wants me to develop a shopping cart. I'm thinking of hosting her website using my webhost4life account. We met recently but I didn't mention these free shopping carts because I assumed they were poorly made and very limited. But I saw a site that user webhost4life's shopping cart and it looked great. If many webhosts have a shopping cart for $10/month or less, why is there a shopping cart market for small business clients?
Theoretically speaking, why would any potential client with a need for a general shopping cart (nothing special) buy a custom-made or
off-the-shelf shopping cart if the host offers them for free? I asked several web developers on the costs for building a shopping cart (locally and in the US), and the cheapest one that I found was $800. But why would I pay $800 for something if web hosts only charge $10/month while others have them for free? That's even better for me because I can cancel it if business isn't what I thought it'd be.