Volusion vs Shopify: Which eCommerce Platform Should You Use In 2020?

By Bill Acholla July 25, 2020

Today I’m going to review Volusion vs Shopify to the test.

So if you’re looking for a DEEP comparison of these two popular eCommerce platforms, you’ve come to the right place.

Because in today’s post, I’m going to compare Volusion vs. Shopify in terms of:

  • Transaction fees
  • Key difference
  • Dropshipping
  • Pricing and value
  • Payment gateway
  • My overall recommendation
  • And lots more

And let me be clear about something:

This is NOT your average “ecommerce platform review in 2020” post.

So if you’re looking to launch a successful online store, you’ll love this new guide.

Ready?

Let’s do this!

What is Volusion?

Volusion is an eCommerce shopping software that helps people sell everything they need online.

They also offer web design, marketing and other business tools.

The ecommerce platform was founded by Kevin Sproles who wanted independent small businesses to be successful.

What is Shopify?

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that helps people achieve their own independence by making it easier for people to start, run, and grow a small business.

It powers over 1,000,000 businesses worldwide.

Which Online Store Is Best for Dropshipping?

Shopify platform is friendly with solutions. A good example is Oberlo.

Oberlo is an app that helps people to easily import products from suppliers directly into their Shopify store and ship directly to their customers.

This is how it works in a nutshell.

It can:

  • connects to your Shopify account.
  • help you find and import products.
  • make your online store look good.

The platform is packed with great features that can help you start your own business without any problem.

The features include:

  • Website builder
  • Marketing tools
  • Payment methods
  • Themes
  • Sales feature
  • Domain generator

…etc

Below is a good example from Adam Greenspan who made a clean seven figure business through dropshipping.

I also reached out to Franklin Hatchett founder of Ecom Elites and here is what he told me:

Shopify is my eCommerce website of choice. I started using Shopify about 3 years ago when people started using it to drop ship on Facebook.

I was drop shipping before this but Shopify changed the game for everyone.

With an eCommerce platform like Shopify mixed in with Oberlo you can easily import products and start selling online right away.

This is why I personally enjoy Shopify, it’s simple for beginners to start with.

Not bad.

Let’s look at Volusion eCommerce.

Volusion also has features that can help you start your own dropshipping business. Unfortunately they don’t have an App store similar to Shopify.

They have an inbuilt feature that can help you find thousands of dropshipping products and them to your online store.

Their dropshipped products are sourced from the US.

Editor’s Note: Volusion ecommerce uses only U.S.-based dropshipping suppliers.

It has a simple and powerful interface which has everything you need to jump start your dropshipping business.

Also what I noticed about Volusion platform, is that they have an ecommerce expert who can help you launch your online store successfully.

The expert can help you:

  • Make a smart choice on finding your niche.
  • Set up your store.
  • Research on your market.
  • Budget carefully.
  • And finally you’ll be able to setup your online store

Volusion has helped a lot of people to actualize their goals.

One good example Sandra Hernandez Yedor.

She got amazing results using Volusion.

They are doing more volume in their Volusion site than they did in their brick and mortar store.

Key difference: If I were to recommend, I’d go with Shopify because it has an App that can help you find products, add them to your online store, and ship them directly to your customers.

But if you want to deal with US suppliers only, then I’d recommend you start with Volusion.

Which eCommerce Solutions Charge Transaction Fees?

If you’re using Shopify payment method or manual method, you won’t be charged a transaction fee.

But if you’re using a different payment method from Shopify, you’ll be charged the transaction fees.

The rate for transaction charges depends on the pricing plan.

This is how they calculate the transaction fees:

[(cost of products – discounts) + tax + shipping charges] x rate

Before 2018 Volusion used to charge transaction fees. But after they introduced the Unlimited Bandwidth plan, they completely removed transaction fees on all their pricing plan.

They’ve moved to zero transactions. If you sign up with them you won’t be charged any transaction fees.

Key difference?

Yes.

Volusion has zero transaction fees.

Which Platform Has The Best Customer Support?

Both ecommerce platforms have a dedicated support team who can help you on your query.

Let’s look at how they provide their support on different pricing plan.

Let’s start with Volusion:

They have:

  • The phone support
  • Help center
  • live chat

Personal Plan – Online support ONLY

Professional Plan – Online and Phone Support

Startup Plan – Online and Phone Support

Business plan – Priority Support

Shopify

They also have:

  • The phone support
  • Help center
  • live chat

Basic Shopify – They provide 24/7 support

Shopify – They provide 24/7 support

Advanced Shopify – They provide 24/7 support

Their Phone, Email and Live chat support channels are only available on the Partner Dashboard.

Key Difference?

No.

Both platforms provide excellent support and they are SUPER reliable.

Which eCommerce Software Has the Best Themes?

Shopify provides over 100 beautiful themes you can use for your online store. It has both free and paid themes.

If you want to build a strong brand I’d recommend you go with their premium theme.

This will make your brand unique and competitive.

Volusion has beautiful themes you can use for your online store. They have internal professional designers who specialize in ecommerce.

The professional designers can help you choose the right theme for your brand.

Key Difference?

No.

Both have professional themes and if you decide to upgrade you can’t go wrong with either of their plan.

Which Platform Is The Best Overall Value (Pricing)?

Below are Shopify pricing:

Shopify plan Basic — $29/mo

  • Online Store
  • Unlimited products
  • 2 Staff accounts
  • 24/7 support
  • Sales channels
  • Manual order creation
  • Discount codes
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Shipping discount up to 64%
  • 2.9% + 30¢ Online credit card rates
  • 2.7% + 0¢ In-person credit card rates
  • 2.0% additional fees using all payment providers other than Shopify Payments

Shopify — $79/mo

  • Everything from Basic
  • Gift cards
  • Professional reports
  • Advanced report builder
  • Print shipping labels
  • USPS Priority Mail Cubic® pricing
  • Fraud analysis
  • Register shifts
  • 5 Staff accounts
  • Hardware peripheral support
  • 1-5 Store locations
  • 2.6% + 30¢ Online credit card rates
  • 2.5% + 0¢ In-person credit card rates
  • 1.0% additional fees
  • up to 72% Shipping discount

Advanced Shopify — $299/mo

  • Everything from Basic and Pro
  • Advanced report builder
  • Third-party calculated shipping rates
  • Unlimited Staff POS PINs
  • 15 Staff accounts
  • Shipping discount up to 74%
  • 2.4% + 30¢ Online credit card rates
  • 2.4% + 0¢ In-person credit card rates
  • 0.5% additional fees using all payment providers other than Shopify Payments

Below are Volusion pricing plan.

Personal $29/mo billed monthly

  • Award-Winning Support
  • Branded Online Store
  • Unlimited Products
  • Storage and Bandwidth
  • No Transaction Fees
  • Free HTTPS/SSL
  • Leading Payment Gateways
  • Synced Inventory
  • Product Variants
  • Coupons and Discounts
  • Automatic Tax Calculator
  • Phone/Manual Orders
  • Dropshipping Integrated
  • Shipping is standard
  • Online Sales Per Year Up to $50k

Professional $79/mo billed monthly

  • Everything from personal plan
  • Bulk Order Processing
  • Fulfillment Centers
  • Advanced Discounts
  • Shipping rate is competitive
  • Online Sales Per Year Up to $100k

Startup $179/mo billed monthly

  • Everything from professional plan
  • 3rd Party Processors
  • Quick Wins Credits $50/mo
  • Shipping rate is competitive
  • Online Sales Per Year Up to $250k

Business $299/mo billed monthly

  • Everything from startup plan
  • Quick Wins Credits $150/mo
  • Dedicated Success Team
  • Traffic Growth Consultation
  • Shipping rate is premium
  • Online Sales Per Year Up to $500k

Prime VIP

  • Everything from business plan
  • Quick Wins Credits custom
  • Executive Slack Support
  • Multiple Admin Users
  • Shipping rate is premium
  • Online Sales Per Year custom

So, are their pricing plan worth?

Simple answer.

Yes.

Their pricing structure is almost the same.

For starters I’d recommend you start with the basic plan so that you can upgrade as your business grows.

But if you’re a business owner, then I’d recommend you sign up with their profession plan for more features.

Volusion and Shopify work the same as other ecommerce stores like:

  • Bigcommerce
  • Magento
  • 3dcart
  • Woocommerce

…etc.

The only difference will be how they price their service and the level of customer support they provide.

Not all ecommerce platforms are the same.

For example there are some platforms that don’t allow migrating online store from one platform to another.

You need to make a wise decision when it comes to signing up with them.

In fact I’d recommend when choosing an ecommerce platform, make sure the below checklist are HIGHLY considered:

  • Experts who can help you get started and grow
  • Platform should have SEO-friendly features
  • It should have Unlimited support
  • Social media features for selling products
  • Powerful integrations
  • High percentage of uptime
  • Easy and secure payment processing
  • It should have capabilities of connecting to Google analytics for tracking purposes.

Payment Gateway

Both Shopify and Volusion can integrate with a number of payment gateways.

Before you connect from your payment platform, I’d recommend you check with Volusion or Shopify if they support your payment gateway request.

Below are resources to help you check about payment providers in your country or region:

My Overall Recommendation

If you want to dropship at scale, I HIGHLY recommend giving Shopify a try.

In fact, it’s one of my favorite ecommerce platform.

But if you’re starting out, I’d recommend Volusion.

Now it’s Your Turn

So that’s it for my guide about Shopify vs Volusion in 2020.

Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:

Which ecommerce platform are you going to try this year 2020?

Do you plan on starting a dropshipping business?

Or maybe you want to test out the platform first.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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