Simple Subscription/Recurring Payments App for a Magazine

RyanClimbs
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I have a magazine which prints issues every three months, four times per year. I'm looking for an app that processes recurring payments for annual subscriptions and then, every three months when we print, allows me to export a list of current subscribers and shipping addresses which I can send to my printer/fulfiller.

 

Most subscription apps are built for product subscriptions so they'll send a new "order" back to Shopify for you to fulfill at whatever time period, but that's not necessary for me. Rather than fulfilling orders myself on dates that are relative to when the order was placed, I have everything fulfilled on the same day every quarter (Nov 1, Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1)—and I'm not even the one who needs to do that fulfilling. So sending those orders on random days back to Shopify only clutters things. 

 

My ideal recurring payments app keeps track of subscribers and automatically processes another payment every year for them, gives them a way to stop those recurring payments, and then lets me export a list of current subscribers every quarter. That's pretty much it. Almost like a membership, but tied to a specific product. 

 

Whats the simplest recurring payments app out there for what I need?

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AsteriskJake
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Plus one to this - I've got the exact same question, with the added complicated that our quarterly is not likely to be ready on the 1st of every 3 months. 

 

Sorry, Ryan, that I can't help you here! Would love to hear what you settled on! 

CeAnne
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Also looking for a magazine subscription app for a quarterly publication that doesn't come out on the same date. A regular subscription app won't work because the product itself changes (a new quarterly magazine). Keeping customers coming every quarter for a new product and having to remember past ones is making a lot of work.

StudioMelange
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Just wondering if you found a solution for this. I came looking for an app that does exactly what you described. 

CeAnne
Tourist
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No 😞 not yet... still looking! There are only apps if the subscription is
the same item and not changing quarterly, monthly ect. I would love to find
one! Not sure how we are going to handle this yet, at the moment it is
single copies.

Nemanja_Janjic
Shopify Partner
89 5 16

Hi there,

I'm Nemanja, Shopify partner from ShopBooster app development. 

 

Quick question: What do you think is a reasonable monthly cost for this magazine subscription app?

Thanks.

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CeAnne
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I think it depends on how many subscribers one has and how often the
subscription is for. Ours is quarterly for now, but if it went to
bi-monthly or monthly I would see an app as more valuable. At the moment we
are growing our subscribers and have under 100 vs a business associate we
have that will have over 5000.

CeAnne
Nemanja_Janjic
Shopify Partner
89 5 16

We are considering building such an app, so every detail is valuable.

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CeAnne
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Love that!


- The app would need to be a subscription but the product changes (for
us quarterly but could be bi-monthly or monthly).
- We need to be able to keep inventory on each of those magazines in
Shopify.
- We would need a yearly subscription option that would bill annually,
yet we ship more than one time in a year
- I need it to pull the list of subscribers for each quarter and create
automatic tickets in Shopify so that I can ship to each person without
having to create a new ticket each time
- I would need to be able to manage their subscription payments and
cancelations
- It would be a bonus to be able to add their subscription to additional
orders if they had an additional order at the same time that we were
shipping the magazine as we also carry many other items and sometimes they
ship together
- Another bonus to offers yearly subscription along with single
additions and a way to offer the subscription as a discounted bundle with a
higher price on singles



rita17
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Would be amazing! Similar needs like CeAnne.

 

In addition:

- Offer print subscriptions & epaper subscriptions as a bundle

- epaper subscribers should get access to an epaper archive 

- easy way to export the active subscribers

- offer temporary free gifts for subscribers

- offer a gift subscription that automatically ends after one year

A magazine subscription app would be amazing for all smaller publishers. Do you already know if / when it will be developed?
Thank you very much!

Nemanja_Janjic
Shopify Partner
89 5 16

We're in the process of developing this app, and we anticipate having it ready for testing within the next 2-3 weeks. If you're interested in participating in the testing phase, please let me know. Thanks

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rita17
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Hi! I’m happy to particiapte in the testing phase. Would be great to hear more details about what it means to do so. Best, Rita

RyanClimbs
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I'd also love to hear more about participating in testing this app!