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Overview

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Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at a retail location, and everywhere in between

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PayPal Commerce Platform is a comprehensive solution designed to serve your business needs and your customers, whether you’re...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

29

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

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0.04

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

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43

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

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155

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

We love that is is really use to use, to manage the products and check the orders. It is very user friendly, which is really helpful when you have a large team.

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Natasha B.

I love how easy it is to check out. I love there is a card swiping device too so payments are flawlessly done.

JD

Jovana D.

Shopify is a popular tool with great support that makes it easy to get started an online e-commerce business. It has also great integration across different platforms like Laptops/PCs and smartphones.
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Tenyo P.

Pros

The Paypal program is very wonderful. The ease in depositing and withdrawing is very distinguished.

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hatem a.

Love the ease of use and the ease of implementation/integration within other websites and platforms to capture payment.

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Emily S.

This has been a great overall experience. I love that PayPal now has started accepting Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

JM

JOHN M.

Cons

Was not very much support on the stubborn aps that refuse to leave when you delete them.

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Anonymous Reviewer

Sometimes on the app I have trouble tracking my package either error from the sending company or from the something on my end in not understanding the app to it's fullest.
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Heather W.

Bad practice, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. No other company does that.

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Lana B.

Cons

However, people also get blocked by PayPal without any warning and they can freeze and hold the money from that account that makes annoying things to the user.

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Anonymous Reviewer

Also, I do worry about storing my bank account information for a service like PayPal. They might be insured against fraud, but I still worry sometimes that my account information will be stolen.

JL

Joseph L.

This becomes a problem when you need money quickly. IPN and PayPal API are unstable, often messing up transactions, especially if they involve limited items and need verification as soon as possible.

ES

Eka S.

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Key features

  • Total features44
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • CRM
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management
  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Deferred Billing
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Financial Reporting
  • For B2B
  • For Retail
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gift Card Management
  • In-Person Payments
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Marketing Reports
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multi-Store
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • PCI Assessment
  • PCI Compliance
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Risk Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Website Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features79
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • CRM
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management
  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Deferred Billing
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Financial Reporting
  • For B2B
  • For Retail
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gift Card Management
  • In-Person Payments
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Marketing Reports
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multi-Store
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • PCI Assessment
  • PCI Compliance
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Risk Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Website Management
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1202
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations1001
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shopify

Does a good job

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I've been using Shopify for my website and it truly does the job, it is very easy to see your sales, payments and products you have, I've been able to upload my own products, change prices, inventory, etc... very easy and fast, It has been a great experience for me so far, specially when you have no idea on how to run a website or e-commerce site.

Cons

The percentages charged are higher than Paypal.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Shopify

Pretty easy to use and is connected to other apps that customers are already using.

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

Customers are familiar with it and usually already have Shop or some other app powered by Shopify on their phone.

Cons

It doesn't seem as safe and secure as PayPal.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Shopify

Total integration with Facebook shop

Reviewed 4 months ago

Very important for my e-commerce was the integration with Facebook shop and Shopify does it very well!

Pros

The Shopify is simple to use and the cart is very simple to set up. Ecommerce categories and products are very simple to set up and upload with texts, tags and photos.

Cons

Times too long to connect other payment systems such as PayPal.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Shopify Review

Reviewed 3 years ago

Pretty good. I would recommend it

Pros

Great for dropshipping!!! Paypal integration very easy love the free templates

Cons

Not very easy to export blog posts Adding a custom field like text box...this could be simplified

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Another side of ecommerce

Reviewed 2 years ago

It was a great platform and connection with social media is priceless.

Pros

I love the easy integration and connecting of products to online and PayPal so easy and user-friendly.

Cons

It is not available for every country mostly UK and US I don't know if things have to change tho. But it would be great if they allow customized payment platforms as PayPal is not in all countries.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Shopify

Great online store

Reviewed a year ago

its easier than woocommerce. Not as cheap but you have to think how automated you need your store.

Pros

It's an all in one platform that takes you from not having a store to getting your first payment in 30 minutes or less.

Cons

it has some extra payments that they charge you if you decide to use paypal instead of their own platform

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shopify

Reviewed 3 years ago

What I like least about Shopify is sometimes there is a delay in payment Unless my customer to use PayPal

Pros

What I like most about Shopify is that it provides me a website that was simple and easy to build yet still looking professional.

Cons

What I like most about Shopify is that it provides me a website that was simple and easy to build yet still looking professional.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shopify

Very Well Recommended

Reviewed 4 months ago

The tutorials offered are very detailed and I appreciate the fact they are in video and written form.

Pros

Easy to use, even for a novice. I could easy make adjustments to the design of the website, inventory, prices, categories. Appreciate all the tutorials offered.

Cons

Cross platform integration such as with my Facebook store is not as smooth as I wish it was. This could be issues with Facebook and PayPal though.

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Shopify

Great for people starting an online business

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Loads of apps to choose from, Great Payment gateway (Apple Pay, PayPal, etc), great newsletters and tips, great webinars, a fabulous app for on the go.

Cons

A lot per month for the basic plan would like a basic plan for less per month, MORE Shipping options based of State, Postcode or have apps on basic plan to override.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Shopify

Sell online with simplicity

Reviewed 4 years ago

Setting up a store - Definitely check this one out. Just save your patience for the payment providers.

Pros

The ability to set up products and be selling them online within an hour is amazing.

Cons

Payment integrations aside from paypal are awkward. Price structures are NOT always available. ie There is a low plan that would work for a number of people but it is hidden away.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Shopify is a amazing ecommerce store

Reviewed a year ago

I am using shopify for my clients, it provide smooth web experience and highly SEO integrity themes.

Pros

best part is you don't need to be a developer or tech guy to operate this ecommerce store, you can create your ecommerce store in couple of minutes, and support almost all payments gateways like bank paypal credit cards etc.

Cons

Every function is super be but the price of software is little bit high Other then every thing is fully working like charm :-)

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Shopify

Create intuitive, beautiful, user-friendly e-com site. Accept payment via PaypalStripe or Shopify

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Intuitive, user-friendly e-commerce solution. Easy to add countless physical and digital products, customize shipping and privacy policies. The sites look beautiful and are fully responsive, mobile friendly. You can accept payment via Paypal, Stripe or using Shopify Payments.

Cons

Monthly fee to use the software can become quite steep

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Easy to use , even for first time business start up

Reviewed 6 years ago

We haved used Wordpress, and ecommerce plug-in to power online shop, have tried open-source shopping cart such as OsCommerce, Zencart...Shopify stands out as its off-the-shelf, no need to bother with technical know-how: Hosting, MySQl, PHP etc...Sign up and start putting in products to sell... We launch our online store AVG Online Store, www.avgonlinestore.com in less than a month putting products, and upgrading to Paid themes and connecting to Paypal and Braintree.

Pros

1.Easy to use, short learning curve 2. Plenty of Themes to choose from (Free and Paid) 3. Easy to connect to payment gateways, most common gateway such as Paypal is there 4. Plenty of Apps to extend your store

Cons

1. Editing themes to suit your needs may be challenging for user with no HTML or working knowledge of Shopify Liquid language 2. Apps can add up more than your Shopify subscription cost, 3. Need Shopify expert to program or customize your store, again will be another cost

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Shopify

Is a fast, straightforward to set up e-commerce complete system for the start-up or small business

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Shopify is an all-inclusive product that has an optional retail pack. You can have bricks and mortar storefront AND an online store that integrates nicely with it. A great solution for selling online.

Cons

The cheapest plan is Shopify Lite, but it does not include an online store (you can sell on Facebook, offline and via Paypal style BUY buttons). Be prepared to pay some good dollars for all the bell and whistles.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Shopify

E-commerce starters with money to spend

Reviewed 2 years ago

My experience is overall positice. I would recommend it to anyone who is starting an e-Commerce business with no coding team behind. The support team is really good.

Pros

It's easy to use, links with most apps, shows off latest results and is constantly being updated and improved with more and useful features for e-commerce.

Cons

For starter - the price!!! Mensal fee, PayPal (you need to have it if you want to able your costumers to pay online) comissions, paid apps, paid templates. It also has been showing some bugs with the Facebook product linking.

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Shopify

Shopify Perfectly Fills an Important Niche in E-Commerce Shopping Cart Platforms

Reviewed 11 years ago

Our e-commerce store started out as a hobby. The owner had sold his last business, and was looking for a second career. He decided their was a market for inexpensive carbon dioxide and indoor air quality monitors that were available worldwide, but not well known in the US. I put up a static website at http//www.co2meter.com, opened a basic Paypal account, and we began selling CO2 monitors online. Within...

Pros

Shopify made the transition from a static webpage and Paypal website to a full-featured e-commerce solution easy. Instead of throwing in every feature that other e-commerce applications do, they focus on the features you need most to be successful.

Cons

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Shopify

Great for anyone with a self-owned business!!

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, I fully enjoyed my experience with Shopify and when I start another online business, Shopify will again receive my business.

Pros

Easy-to-use interface; ability to create an online store with ease; secure; great tools for marketing; multiple store front templates to choose from; integrates with other apps; allows multiple payment options including PayPal and I also enjoyed the abandoned cart recovery function which sometimes ended up in more sales

Cons

To be able to get professional reporting functions is only available on the more expensive plans and not everyone is able to afford those plans, especially right away.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Anyone Can Have an Online Store

Reviewed 7 months ago

Overall Shopify is a great way for consumers to be able to shop from a myriad of sellers without having to go through the typical third parties like eBay or Amazon. They accept Paypal which can really expands the amount of payment options they have.

Pros

Shopify enables anyone to create a fully functional online store. It gives users the tools necessary to be able to easily list and sell items on their own personal store without having to go through a third party like eBay or Etsy. With the shop.com portal users are easily able to track all their orders placed through all Shopify stores.

Cons

I don't always get alerts when my packages do ship and are on their way to me, so they may need to work on their alert system.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A great choice for your e-commerce business

Reviewed 5 months ago

Shopify is one of the best websites that enables you to create your own e-commerce business to sell your own products, as well as buy the products you like. Shopify basic is an affordable way to sell an infinite number of digital or physical products, but it lacks additional features like reports and gift cards that Shopify advanced offers. But both Shopify basic and Shopify advanced offers a lot of useful features for people thinking of starting an online store. However, My experience with Shopify has been great.

Pros

Shopify has hundreds of payment options, like apple and google pay, PayPal, via credit card, and much more! The variation of themes and niches can be helpful to provide a lot of options to both sellers and buyers. Very secured platform! It allows you the ability to create your own online presence without ever having to bother about being hijacked or scammed.

Cons

For beginners, starting with Shopify is a serious affaire that could take a few hours at least which affects the ease of use, but it’s fair to say that it’s not badly designed! And can become easier to use after a few youtube tutorials. The costs and fees are high that not everyone will be able to pay, so, A reduced monthly subscription fee would have been super considerate!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Shopify allows beginners or users to create online stores with no coding.

Reviewed 23 days ago

Shopify is one of my favorites to create an online store, with many cool features and advantages. But also a couple of disadvantages you should think about before deciding.

Pros

it's easy to use, you don't have to worry about technicalities. The quality and quantity of their designs are excellent, and if you can't find the right design you can also create your own or buy one. Also the flexibility of the core system and templates are great. It's also easy to scale for small and big online stores. The App also have useful add-ons for your online store. And the support group is always available 24 hours.

Cons

It has a URL structure that is not ideal for SEO, and the use of its subdirectories for e.g pages, blogs or news. And the multi-language department that is still slowly improving. And the charges of the transaction fees on top of the payment methods e.g paypal. Also creating your regular content is not easy.