I have downloaded the free version of MarketPress lite and perhaps I will write a product review. I did not see the provision to create an Etsy-like shop. If the lite version is to help warm cold feet of purchasing the pro version, than I've asked myself, where is the multi-vendor function?
Your response states that multi-vendor setup requires a WordPress multisite install. I did not see that requirement within the product overview. The lite version looks, from the feature list, as though it is multi-vendor ready.
Here are some questions:
First: In an Etsy commentary, the author states the pitfalls of the Etsy model. One of them being that all sellers pages looks the same. I did not want this restriction in our hunt for an Etsy-like WordPress plugin.
1- Can the seller layout and brand their own home page? This seems more of function of WordPress rather then of MarketPress.
Secondly: I and another product reviewer will be writing a review and will be using Headway and Catalyst Themes as frameworks and Ether Content Builder (drag-N-drop js plugin) for page layout.
2 - Your response states there are no known issues with other themes - great
3 - The extensive use of shortcodes within MarketPress theoretically would assist in customizing a page without having to use PHP. Is there this extensibility for widgets? Ether Content Builder utilizes widgets as page elements (modules), so you can place a widget anywhere on a page.
Thirdly: I was not surprised that a WP multi site is required. There is a product review which states that all of WP ecommerce plugins which allow for muti-vendor, require a multi-site install.
Fourthly: A grid view is basic for any e-commerce application, I did not see that option in the lite version.
I will be contacting you and would like to thank you for your response and contact information.