Hello Shopify Community!
My girlfriend and I are building a consignment store on Shopify and we've been stumped on what is the best way to go about it.
Our goal is to have it set up so that our consigners can sign in and check to see if they're products have sold, and if possible to have the sale split at the sale (we recognize this may not be feasible, but if it is let us know!).
If it isn't possible to split the profits at the sale, what is the best route way to pay our consigners after the sale?
We are thinking we'd pay our consigners on the fourth Friday of every month.
Can you make payments like this through Shopify or is it necessary to use an external app like Pay Pall?
Do you use Shopify and Shopify apps exclusively or is it necessary to have external apps to keep track of inventory and consigners information?
What is the best way to make it easy for returning consigners?
If you own a consignment store on Shopify, what are some challenges you've faced or things you wish you knew earlier?
Essentially our sites goal is to be run like an Art Gallery. We going to build a beautiful website where the artist can have us list multiple pieces of theirs and we handle shipping, listing and etc. for 90 days and they get 60% of the revenue at after the sale.
Teach us! Share your experiences, let's start a discussion!
Wolf & Kay
Aria here, I'm on the Social Care team at Shopify. ?
The easiest way to set up a consignment store would be to use a marketplace app. We have the following options in our app store:
Each one works differently but the potential is there to automatically pay 'commission' to your consigner's. You could also let them set up an account to make it easier for them when they return.
I don't have any personal experience of running a consignment store but I would imagine one of the toughest parts of an online consignment store is dealing with shipping. Your consigner would be paying to ship the items to you and then you'd ship it to your customer, or possibly back to the consigner if it doesn't sell. Often the stores that work the best only accept local consigners to cut down on shipping costs.
I would check directly with the app developers with regards to how the commission is paid out. I believe they use Paypal for that but they may not all be the same.
I don't believe you'd need any external apps for any of this. If you do find there's an important function you can't find a solution for, please let us know so we can help you with that.
I hope you get some merchants weighing in who have some experience in this department. Let me know how you get on.
We're always here for support if you need it!
Social Care Guru
We use ResaleGlobal.com (who is a Shopify partner) which manages our inventory, POS, consignor accounts and everything. Its really easy and they have an in house team who sets it all up for you so you don't need to hire an outside consultant. They are very helpful and customize the software to your needs. So much better than other software for consignment because it doesn't have to be downloaded and you can access from anywhere in a browser.