I am looking to start an affiliate-esque program where I would setup a website for a partner via Wix or cloning my Shopify store. The store would then need to tie back into my main store's inventory so I could sell the products, ship them, and keep my inventory centralized at one location. The Partner would then make commission based on each product sold, or at the very least digital would be one rate and physical products another. The affiliate program would then pay the partner based on the sales after the refund period. So my questions are:
I know there is a lot going on but I would appreciate any help I can get. Thank you guys in advance.
you can definitely do all these things with shopify store. there are apps with which you can set up a multi vendor fully automated shopify store. all you need to do is to update your inventory from that app whenever u get an order.its really easy. ur partner or vendor can create their panel separately from a link that u can generate through that app.
and u can set up product-based, seller based or collection-based commissions to your products.
and of course you can clone your store in shopify easily
multi vendor apps are bit difficult to set up. even then u can learn their set up. i would suggest one app called "multivendor marketplace" by MLVeda. contact me if u need any assistant with this multi vendor app set up, tax set up including GST( if u r from india), tax overrides,etc