Before digging in, let’s face the music: Shopify Plus may seem pricey, starting at $2,000 flat per month. But, with unlimited users included, we find this to be a killer deal and well worth the money for even younger ecommerce businesses for several reasons.
First, the main standout is Plus’s no-holds-barred approach to optimizing every part of the ecommerce experience. In a world where milliseconds can mean the difference between a conversion or a lost customer, this matters. For example, the plan includes over 70 mobile-responsive themes, which far exceeds the 9 free, but overused themes on the basic plans.
It’s hard to stop boasting about Shopify Plus’s features that deliver ecommerce superiority short of morphing into Jeff Bezos. This is why the $2,000 a month starting price seems well worth it and could start to pay for itself through as little as a 20% increase in sales (assuming your business pulls in a modest $10,000 per month gross revenue).
Here are just some other features we love:
- Publish products to all kinds of devices, like wearable devices (such as FitBit and Apple Watch), game consoles, digital billboards, and kiosks
- Showcase products in 3D using augmented and virtual realities
- Superior automation and integration features not found in lower-end plans
- Shopify Fulfillment Network that directly competes with Amazon Prime
- Automatic language translations and worldwide web hosting
If you’re excited to sell globally, Shopify includes one primary store and nine localized stores, charging $250 a month for each storefront after that. Since there are upwards of 200 countries worldwide, this potentially ballooning cost might hinder your global domination dreams.
What’s more, Shopify still seems intent on squeezing out credit card fees, tacking on a 0.15% surcharge if you use your own payment processor. If you opt to use their in-house Shopify Payments processor, you’ll still be bitten by standard fees (around 2–3% in the US), with no apparent discount.