Why was my store deleted by Shopify

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I was wireframing a new store within my current store account with a view to a rebrand. Without notice or specific reason Shopify deleted my site saying I had violated terms and conditions. They then asked me for additional information, which I supplied with hours. Now, radio silence for 4 days. No-one at Shopify risk-operations seem to able to give me an explanation other than generic statements: Baffling and very disappointing. Anybody else have these issues?




Thank you for reaching out to us. Please be informed that In order to reconsider your account for eligibility to use Shopify we require some additional information with regards to your business model. You can send the following documents as attachments in response to this email:


* Proof of address - Utility bill (e.g. water, electricity, or gas bill from the past 3 months), lease agreement (dated) or property insurance (dated)

* Proof of business association (i.e. business license, business registration documents (with company number) or business tax filing record). 

* Proof of inventory (i.e. dated supplier invoices, dated manufacturing agreements) 

* Social media links related to your business (if none, please explain how are you driving traffic to your store)


Please make an effort to provide all of the above. However if one is unavailable, please either provide a relevant substitute and/or an explanation as to why it cannot be provided.


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Ticket ID: 63e2f147-5cc7-4a7b-8f08-b89294f53354

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Same thing happened to us on two stores in a 2 days interval. Waiting their risk and operations team to get back. 
One store is 6 years old making 7 figures, we are loosing tens of thousands every day and our SEO efforts are going through the drain. 

Blocking access to the website is one thing, blocking access to admin with our own content, assets, clients and orders is very doggy coming from a company as Shopify. I suggest everyone to backup their datas or move to different plateform.