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Shopify payment not available - will I still be charged a transaction fee?

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FerdiSchaefer
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Hello all, 

I am currently setting up a new store in Doha, Qatar, where Shopify payments is not supported. Instead I will need to connect to a third party payment provider. Will I still be charged a transaction fee form Shopify - after all I am not even getting the chance to use Shopfy's own system?! 

Thanks and best regards, Ferdinand 

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Maz
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Hey @FerdiSchaefer!

 

Thanks for reaching out to the Shopify Community. I am happy to provide you with some context on this.

You will still be charged transaction fees even if you are using a third - party payment gateway. Transaction fees pay for the cost, maintenance, and upkeep of our integrations with 3rd party payment providers. Transaction fees are calculated per customer order. These fees will be included in your Shopify invoice since you will not be using Shopify Payments. So for every order that you receive for a customer, there will be charges for transaction fees.

If you wish to calculate how much they are, I would recommend checking out the Shopify Fee Calculator - this has been designed to help our merchants calculate transaction fees. Feel free to also look at our help center doc on Charges for some further information on charges and fees.

 

Have you looked into third -party payment gateways for your region yet? Shopify has a number of payment gateways for Qatar, you can find them by heading over to the Qatar Payment Gateways here. I would highly recommend 2Checkout Convert Plus as using this payment gateway will help you boost conversions on your store! One thing to note if you use third-party payment gateways, they will also have their own transaction fees or monthly usage fees so that is something you can check directly with the provider.

 

There is a great free course in Shopify Learn which walks you through set up of payments and speaks about third-party payments providers which might be of interest to you as well.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

 

 

 

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Maz
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Shopify Staff
399 68 58

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Hey @FerdiSchaefer!

 

Thanks for reaching out to the Shopify Community. I am happy to provide you with some context on this.

You will still be charged transaction fees even if you are using a third - party payment gateway. Transaction fees pay for the cost, maintenance, and upkeep of our integrations with 3rd party payment providers. Transaction fees are calculated per customer order. These fees will be included in your Shopify invoice since you will not be using Shopify Payments. So for every order that you receive for a customer, there will be charges for transaction fees.

If you wish to calculate how much they are, I would recommend checking out the Shopify Fee Calculator - this has been designed to help our merchants calculate transaction fees. Feel free to also look at our help center doc on Charges for some further information on charges and fees.

 

Have you looked into third -party payment gateways for your region yet? Shopify has a number of payment gateways for Qatar, you can find them by heading over to the Qatar Payment Gateways here. I would highly recommend 2Checkout Convert Plus as using this payment gateway will help you boost conversions on your store! One thing to note if you use third-party payment gateways, they will also have their own transaction fees or monthly usage fees so that is something you can check directly with the provider.

 

There is a great free course in Shopify Learn which walks you through set up of payments and speaks about third-party payments providers which might be of interest to you as well.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

 

 

 

Maz | Social Care @ Shopify 
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chalison
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Hi @Maz . I am writing from Jamaica and I have the same concern as @FerdiSchaefer .

 

While I can understand the need for some sort of upkeep fee for the integration, 2% for the Basic package is way too high if you have no other option BUT to use a third party provider.

 

The 2% third party transaction fee is not very far from the Shopify Payments credit card rate of $2.9% + $0.30 so after factoring comparable third party credit card fees we are virtually paying double or more the cost of a transaction. Here in Jamaica for example the banks charge as much as 4% for merchant fees. Add Shopify’s 2% transaction fee + fees payable to the third party that connects Shopify to the merchant bank and the final cost is ridiculously high.

 

I would like to recommend that in cases where Shopify Payments is not available, consideration be made for a lower transaction fee.

Maz
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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Hi @chalison!

 

Thanks for reaching out to this thread! I definitely get your frustrations with the fees adding up. I certainly encourage you to browse the available third party payment providers, which I am sure you have already.

 

For merchants like yourself in Jamaica, Shopify Payments can't do the payment processing for your store since we haven't expanded to your area yet. In its place, we do offer a number of options for collecting payments in Jamaica using Shopify that you can review on this page here.

 

Furthermore,  the amount of transaction fees on orders will be depending on your subscription plan. If the goal is lower down your transaction fee rate, then you can consider choosing to subscribe to a higher plan tier.

The transaction fee for Shopify $79 plan per month and $299 Advanced Shopify plan is 1.0% and 0.5% respectively, so it is much lower compared to the Basic plan which is 2%. While this isn't something I would suggest doing right now, necessarily, there are thresholds at which doing so makes financial sense even if you don't need the features that those plans offers.  (i.e. when you process enough transactions, it might be worth paying the higher monthly fee to save more money on transaction fees).

With all that being said, I want you to know that we appreciate this feedback and want you to know that your voice is being heard, so I have submitted this feedback with our developers for review. While I cannot guarantee this change will be made, we are always looking for ways to improve.

Maz | Social Care @ Shopify 
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