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Shopify Reveals Generous New Scheme for App Developers

Shopify has announced businesses that use its App Store platform will get to keep their first $1 million, commission-free
Duncan Lambden

Shopify has announced a new scheme for all of its App Store developers. Developers will not pay any commission on the first $1 million that they make in a given year. This scheme starts on August 1st of 2021.

Before this scheme, Shopify used to charge 20% on every sale made through its service, but now, smaller businesses will take the whole value of the sale, with Shopify's cut of 15% only kicking in once the annual $1 million threshold has been passed.

While the pricing of the Shopify platform itself seem to be staying the same, with three tiers costing $29 per month, $79 per month, and $299 per month, this will now be the only Shopify-associated cost that smaller developers will have to worry about.

What Does This Mean for Current Users?

While Shopify's previous 20% cut on its App Store sales was never thought of as unreasonable, the removal of this commission means that developers will be free to make that much more money. In theory, this could make developers an extra $200,000 per year if the app is selling optimally.

Numerous developers have responded to this announcement with near-universal praise, as this extra 20% drastically increases their profit margins.

This is an especially large move as Shopify's App Store doesn't carry nearly as much sway as Google or Apple's, both of which charge around 15% commission on every sale. This move by Shopify might be enough to put them on the same level as these heavy hitters, as developers look to favor Shopify over other options.

The Future of Shopify

While this is a colossal and user-friendly move, not everyone is thrilled. Non-App Store Shopify vendors (those on the ecommerce platform) pay around 2.4%-2.9% on every sale, on top of the overall Shopify charge. Needless to say, some are now asking if they're also going to get a lowered commission before a certain threshold.

While there's no sign of that coming up, it will be interesting to see if this lack of commission on developers will inspire an exodus from other app stores in favour of making more money.

While only time will tell, the initial reception to this decision has been almost entirely positive, and can only mean good things for any developers on the Shopify App Store.

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Duncan is an Australian-born writer for Tech.Co. His articles focus on software that allows small businesses to improve their efficiency or reach, with an emphasis on email marketing or accounting. In his free time, Duncan loves to deconstruct video games.

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