No, Shopify does not take a cut even the basic most Shopify plan enables you to list an unlimited number of products without paying any listing charges. And this is one of the biggest plus points if we compare Shopify platform with others like Etsy as they charge businesses per product listing). However, Shopify does charge a transaction fee of an external 2% if you use a third-party payment gateway (other than Shopify Payments). 

So, whenever you use Shopify and a third-party payment gateway like Stripe then the Shopify platform will charge 2% of the transaction fee (basic plan) on every order/sale. For example, if you sell something for $20 on Shopify while being on their Basic Plan, you would be paying 40 cents to Shopify for that transaction. It is commonly believed that Shopify has these transaction charges in place for 3rd party payments in order to encourage more store owners to use Shopify’s own payment system.

Transaction fees and credit card fees

You must know the difference between transaction fees and credit card fees. 

The transaction fee is charged when you DO NOT use Shopify payments. 

The transaction fee for the basic plan is 2%, 1% for the regular plan and 0.5% for the advance plan.

Credit card fee is different for Shopify price plans i.e. 

2.9%+$0.30 for basic, 

2.6%+$0.30 for regular, 

2.4%+$0.30 for advance Shopify plan. 

Transaction fees on a single transaction not on a per-item sold basis

This is the catch and it’s in favor of online merchants. The transaction fee is charged on a single transaction and not on the per-item sold. For example, if someone buys 10 items in a single transaction, he will pay 30 cents only for one time and not for each item sold.

“If you are using Shopify Point-of-Sale (POS), rates of credit card are lower”

You can see the comparison table below.

Shopify plans comparison

Variables Basic Plan Regular Plan Advance Plan
Monthly Pricing $29 $79 $299
Annual Pricing 1 year/ month $26.10

(you can save 10%)

2 year/ month $23.20

(you can save 20%)

1 year/ month $71.10

(you can save 10%)

2 year/ month $63.20

(you can save 20%)

1 year/ month $269.10

(you can save 10%)

2 year/ month $239.20

(you can save 20%)

Online credit card rates/order 2.9%+0.30 2.6%+$0.30 2.4%+$0.30
In-person (POS) rates / order 2.7%+$0 2.5%+0 2.4%+0
Transaction fees/order Shopify payments – 0%

Other processors – 2%

Shopify payments – 0%

Other processors – 1%

Shopify payments – 0%

Other processors – 0.5%

Note: The aforementioned rates are subject to change anytime at Shopify’s own discretion

A million-dollar tip

Shopify store owners often choose to pay on monthly basis to Shopify without giving any consideration to their annual plans. If cost saving is on your agenda, you can save up to $1435.20 simply by choosing a 2-year subscription on Shopify’s tiered plans – not to mention the additional discount that you get on 3rd party payment processing which also gets reduced if you are on the regular plan and more if you choose the advance plan.

Shopify Plus and Shopify Lite

If all these three plans don’t work for you, there are other plans too. Shopify Lite is super inexpensive but it won’t give you a complete online store. You can integrate it with a pre-existing website, accept credit card payments and generate invoices. 

Shopify Lite charges $9 / month. And, there is no transaction fee with Shopify Payments. 

Shopify Plus is an enterprise-level plan covering advanced features, ensuring that your website never crashes even at peak traffic hours. 

Shopify Plus charges $2000 or more / month. Companies making $1 million or more annually can go with this plan. 

You can also get a custom quote by speaking to the Shopify Plus experts directly. 

What does Shopify Payments Processing cost me?

Nothing. The good side of using this in-built Shopify payment processor is, you don’t have to pay the transaction fee. Also, credit card fees are lower than other payment processors like PayPal. 

Shopify Payments are not supported in all countries

Shopify Payments is only supported in a few countries. At the time of writing this blog post, the list of countries supporting the Shopify Payments are:








-The Netherlands



-Hong Kong SAR China

-New Zealand



-United Kingdom

-United States

Is there any way to eliminate Shopify transaction fees?

Usually, Shopify store owners complain about the transaction fees causing an impact on their profit margins. If you are located in one of the regions which support Shopify Payments, a simple solution would be to switch to it and avoid using 3rd party processors. However, if you are not in one of these regions and you have to use 3rd party processors, we would suggest you adjust the transaction charges you might incur in the pricing that you have set for your products – so as to avoid any adverse effects on your store running costs. 


Final verdict

Not only does Shopify waive transaction fees from your sales but the credit card processing fees are also less l compared to  PayPal and other payment processors. 

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