Shopify has taken the eCommerce world by storm. Ever since it was created, Shopify has gotten over 500,000 businesses to sell with their platform and they have all sold over $40B in total. If you are looking for a good online platform that can actually help you sell your merchandise, that's a great selling point for you to think about.
Being a closed platform, Shopify made it really easy to build your online store with them. There is no coding knowledge needed. You Just need to know what you want to build and start dragging and dropping until you are satisfied with the outcome. Shopify comes with many different themes available so in theory, you don't need to really build anything. Just choose a theme, add your products and start selling. It's as simple as that.
Shopify has an option to add multiple sales channels so if you make house calls, have sales managers, do wholesale or whatever, you can add all those sales channels and know exactly how much revenue each channel produced in a given time.
Shopify makes the hard parts really easy. They manage the whole checkout process, payments, shipping and much more.
Shopify offers a free trial period of 14 days with no commitment or credit card required so no worries in that department.
$29 a month. When charging online you are charged 2.9% + 30¢ for every purchase. If you do a frontal charge, it goes down to 2.7% and no 30¢ fee. If you use an external gateway you are charged a 2% fee.
2.6% + 30¢ for online charges and 2.5% for in person.
2.4% + 30¢ for online charges and the same for in person except for no 30¢ additional charge.