We're trying to understand all the fees associated with using a Shopify-approved 3rd party payment provider in Canada (specifically Moneris). Moneris' fees on face value seem much less than Shopify, except for what appears to be an additional 2% fee that Shopify charges. It seems as though the formula when using Moneris would be Assessment Fee + Interchange Fee + Moneris Fee and then is it an additional 2% Shopify fee on top of those other three fees?
Is it possible to get confirmation on the fees that will be charged by Shopify Canada on top of an approved payment provider like Moneris? Any insight/confirmation would be really appreciated.
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Great question! When using Shopify, you will be charged either a credit card fee, or a transaction fee depending on what payment provider you use in your store. If you would like to use Moneris to accept credit card payments and not Shopify Payments then your store would be subject to a transaction fee that ranges from 0.5% - 2% per order (based on your monthly plan). The transaction fee would be on top of what you are being charged by Moneris, so you would be seeing the Assessment Fee + Interchange Fee + Moneris Fee + Shopify Transaction Fee.
Transaction fees are charged to help cover the cost, maintenance and upkeep of our integrations with 3rd party payment providers as well as our SSL checkout. They are charged on a monthly basis alongside your bill unless your account reaches its' threshold. If your threshold is reached, then the outstanding balance will be charged immediately instead of beside your monthly invoice. We have further information on transaction fees through our help centre here.
May I ask why you're wanting to use Moneris over Shopify Payments for your online store?
@Peter .. I've been a Shopify partner from India for 6 years and help merchants with their Shopify needs. In recent times, Shopify has come under huge amounts of criticism for the additional 2% charges over orders. Two things for your team, the devs and the management to consider.
I really hope someone considers this side of things in Shopify more seriously, strategically and take decisions that benefit the ecosystem as a whole!
Thanks for getting back to us. To answer your question regarding the use of Moneris, we've inquired with them and on face value, the shopify fees seem quite expensive. However once the additional shopify fees are layered on, Moneris ceases to be competitive for our shopify subscription level. Can you confirm that the math below is correct given the example of a $150 charge using a Canadian Visa online:
$150 x 2.9% +$0.30 = $4.65
$150 x 2.7% + $0.30 = $4.35
Are those accurate summaries of the charges? Would there be any other charges?
Also, can you please confirm whether shopify payments accepts apple pay (both online and in store)?
Thanks so much,
I can appreciate your standpoint here as I can understand how the transaction fee can be impactful to businesses' bottom line; however, the fees are an industry-standard fee that helps cover the cost, maintenance and upkeep of our integrations with 3rd party payment providers as well as our SSL checkout. I do agree that this can be costly considering the fact that the transaction fee charged by Shopify is on top of what the payment provider will charge. While I can not guarantee that we will be able to lower or remove transaction fees based on region, we do have an existing feature request which I have added your feedback to. By doing adding your feedback, it will allow our teams to review it further to determine what the best route will be. If we are able to reduce or remove transaction fees then our teams will take the appropriate steps to put that into action.
Would you be willing to elaborate on what you mean by "internet banking option" along with providing examples of the features you're referring to in point number 2? I can make sure that feedback is sent up to our teams as well. As for your third point, access to our Payment SDK is extremely limited and we can not guarantee approval; however, you can request access through our Developer help centre here.
Thank you for the context! Your math is spot on other than the 2.7% in your second calculation. The Shopify plan for $79 charges a credit card rate of 2.6% + 30 cents for every order so the amount would be $4.20. There wouldn't be any other fees; however, you would see a higher credit card rate for International & AMEX cards. Shopify Payments credit card rates can be seen on our pricing page. You will also have different credit card rates for selling online versus in-person. Meaning that if you choose to use Shopify Payments & Shopify POS then you would see a lower credit when processing in-person payments through our card reader. In addition to this, Apple Pay, and Google Pay are supported by Shopify Payments for both online and in-person transactions; however, Apple Pay can not be setup when using Moneris.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Would we be able to have an offline conversation about this? I've got some questions about our specific POS system (we require functionality that shopify POS doesn't offer) and how things integrate - and I'd rather not be sharing all those details in a public forum. Can you please let me know if there's a way to connect directly with support?
Thanks so much,
Is it possible for us to speak directly (or just with any shopify staff) about this as we've got some specific questions that I'd rather not get into on a public forum. Please let me know. Thanks so much,
You bet! I have shipped you an email titled "Shopify Forum Support." Feel free to respond there with the questions you have so I can help source the answers you're after.