STORENVY CUSTOM STORES 2015
Will Storenvy be a good place to sell in 2015?
(IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE #2 - Announced on 12/27/15 by Storenvy.
Some sellers took a recent request from Storenvy for donations to help pay for the yearly costs of its "free stores" as a possible sign that Storenvy may not survive until 2017.
The free stores are already subject to a 10% final value fee and 10% shipping commission fee any time that "Storenvy" identifies it's main market contributed to the sale. Only sales specifically driven by the store owner to their custom store are able to avoid paying the commissions. Once Storenvy can determine they contributed to a sale occurring on a custom store, all future sales in that custom store will incur the commissions fee when made by that particular customer.
This has recently caused some upset on the Storenvy Facebook Group, from sellers who claim that they drove their customers to the store front and feel Storenvy unfairly took the 10% fees on the sale. It is a system that in this reviewers opinion is poorly thought out and executed, causes confusion and frustration with its sellers, unneedingly ties up its limited four member support teams time, and ultimately will lead to all sales in the custom stores being charged a fee as the process trickles down.
Storenvy has a history of implementing buggy service updates, poorly thought out new policies and implementing strange methods. Asking for donations for its free custom stores is another weird method of generating revenue. Is it even a "Contribution" or donation when a seller coughs up some money and hands it over to Storenvy upon request? How do you record that contribution on your taxes? You can't call it a donation since its a for-profit business. You can't call it an investment since you are not collecting a return on that contributed money. Do you call it a one time store fee? What about commissions? Would the $4,100,000.00 commissions from store front sales (based on the $41,000,000 sales stats * see graphic below) not be enough to cover its yearly expenses?
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(IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE #1 10/14/15 by Chi-town57 - Storenvy marketplace and store fronts no longer require Stripe and both can once again use PayPal alone. This re-opens Storenvy to international sellers. More information available here on the Storenvy website.
Thank you to Chi-town57 for notifying me of the change via my Randy Dreammaker YouTube Channel.
There are plenty of more advance developed stores using customized liquid code and custom templates - but this example will give you an idea of a basic store with light html customization that anyone can set up pretty easy with a little patience.
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