How to Buy a Shopify Site

With the launch of our new Shopify marketplace comes the ability to find the hottest Shopify stores for sale! Now you can quickly sort through top Shopify stores for sale and find which store is right for you.

Want to jump right in? See all current Shopify stores for sale.

Why Shopify Stores (over WordPress)?

If you’re unfamiliar with Shopify as a platform, you may be a bit skeptical on how Shopify performs over, say, a WordPress site powered by WooCommerce. So why should you consider buying a Shopify eCommerce store? Because Shopify as a platform is both simple and powerful.

Everything from themes, to analytics, to payment processing, is handled seamlessly through the Shopify platform, creating an easy-to-use platform with strong analytics.

To put it simply, Shopify has eCommerce down to the tee, which is why Shopify powers over 400,000 active eCommerce stores worldwide.

How to Browse Shopify Stores on Flippa

To find all Shopify stores for sale, navigate to our websites tab and click on Shopify.

Alternatively, you can click this link!

Once there, we recommend filtering your search options, to find the asset in your price range and that fits your needs.

Shopify Due Diligence

Now that you’ve found an asset that you like, it’s time for due diligence. Due diligence is an important process when buying any digital asset, including Shopify eCommerce stores. That said, Shopify does make it easy for potential buyers to verify the income and traffic of a Shopify store.

What questions should you ask?

The goal of due diligence is to verify everything that the owner has said to be truthful, and to make sure that the asset is what you think it is. Never be afraid of asking questions!

Some things you should be looking for include:

  • Verified revenue (such as screenshots of the Shopify revenue dashboard)
  • Access to Google Analytics or screenshots of Shopify Analytics
  • Understanding the time commitment of operating an online business
  • Asking about their return rate

These are a few of the questions you should be asking. If you ever had a bad feeling about an asset, please report the listing immediately and our marketplace integrity team will investigate further.

Purchasing a Shopify Store on Flippa

Once you’ve done your due diligence on an asset and you would like to purchase it, it’s now time to place a bid!

If you’re not sure how much a Shopify eCommerce store may sell for, we recommend reading this blog post about website valuations from Jeff Hunt, a serial website investor.

The Flippa bidding process works the same as other online marketplaces, but in case you’re unfamiliar with the process, you can learn more about bidding here.

Happy bidding!

Escrow/Transfer Process

Upon winning an auction, it’s now time to make the payment. Whether the transaction is done through PayPal or Flippa Escrow, you can start by proceeding to the sales completion area, which is only available to you and the seller.

If you have the option, we highly recommend using Flippa Escrow as the transaction is the much more secure compared to PayPal.

Once the money has been sent over, the seller will now transfer the assets over, and you now own your very own Shopify eCommerce store!


Have you bought a Shopify store before? Comment below with your experience!