What causes account termination on ecommerce platforms?

IEAP
Tourist
17 0 3

I see daily messages and horror stories of terminated accounts, yet none of the sellers provide their websites or products they are selling.

 

I have a business with 750k products, took over 1 year to fully build and setup, and would hate to see it off line one day for no reason,  I can only imagine, the stores are selling dodgy items or brand protected, can those that have lost their stores, tell us what they were selling.

Boss Lady
Replies 7 (7)

zarivedastudios
Tourist
9 0 9

First of all comments like "selling dodgy items" should not be generalised. If you are curious to know, then there is a better way to ask. But for your FYI, my store was a female apparel store which specialised in Indian ethnic wear. 

Btw wish u all the best with 750K products on your website with shopify.

Vinca
Excursionist
11 0 1

haha I loved your answer and can't agree more! I was about to sell jewels. I started the trial one day and the following day it was "terminated". I've been waiting this whole month. The reason for me was section 7 of their policy but I barely started setting it up.... After me contacting the support they asked me for my utility bills and business incorporation documents. Who knows... I'm furious

Vin

MZ2
Shopify Partner
24 1 1

In a lot of cases Shopify is unable to verify legal details or the stores/products violate Shopify terms.

Of course there are some exceptions, such as human or AI errors and bureaucracy.

zarivedastudios
Tourist
9 0 9

Whatever be the reason and I am hoping that it should be a logical one. Atleast they should come up with a system of responding to the queries as the unending wait for a valid reply is very frustrating. We keep on raising enquiries with the shopify advisors, they keep on opening tickets promising a closure within 24-48 hours but this whole process is fruitless. How long can you wait for a reply? And who is going to compensate for the business loss? What if the account was closed by AI and these guys could not find any suitable reason. All this reflects incompetence on Shopify's part to handle their client's grievances.

MZ2
Shopify Partner
24 1 1

It's disappointing to have a store closed, I am sure.  You may not like the reason but to Shopify it's logical.  When they have legal issues with stores/accounts, they send emails from their legal department.  Asking them for more info in that email may be a good idea.  They may not be quick but they respond. 

 

Shopify Advisors are technical support.  They are not able to address legal issues so it's a waste of time to ask them

zarivedastudios
Tourist
9 0 9

But a TAT for response should be implemented and they should atleast let the store owner know as to why the account was deactivated. Let alone the timeline for corrective action. I think the store owners have that right to know why their account was closed as they pay shopify people.

 

ScottsSweaters
Tourist
4 0 0

For two years Shopify was sending me promotional literature to ScottsSweater.com. Three weeks ago I decided to use it and have spent that time migrating my products over. I've been in business 35 years. Had my 1st sale through Shopify two days ago with a 25 yr long client. This morning my store has been terminated by Shopify w/o notice. Unable to reach support. Three weeks of work apparently wasted. Like others, chat attempts result in errors "Too many redirects."  Warning to other potential customers, beware your work could be suddenly removed & you'll play hell trying to find out why.