Shopify Billing

If you've chosen Shopify as your preferred payment method, some specific procedures differ from those using credit card billing. Here are a few examples:

Shopify Billing Cap:

Billing Cap: Shopify has implemented a billing cap of $5,000. This means that if the cost of your subscription plan increases to $5,000, you must manually approve the new price to avoid potential account restrictions.

This measure aims to prevent account disruptions during transitions between pricing tiers. For example, if your plan is set to shift from $45 to the next tier at $50, manual approval is necessary to avoid temporary account restrictions.

The $5,000 billing cap safeguards against sudden and significant price increases, ensuring a smoother transition between plan tiers.

Account Restriction Notification:

Even if your billing cap isn't set at $5,000, your account could still face restrictions. In such cases, a pop-up message will appear on your dashboard when attempting to edit or create any display or campaign.

To stop this message from showing up, please click the ‘Take me to Shopify’ button, which should complete the update.

Note: Please ensure that the price and contacts match the restriction message and our pricing page. If you see any discrepancies, don't hesitate to contact the support team for further assistance.

Shopify has two charges.

Your Shopify bill, as managed by Privy, may appear as two separate charges—a base charge and a usage charge. This division sometimes confuses users, making them believe they're being charged twice. Rest assured, this isn't the case.

Shopify separates the base charge of a plan from any additional pricing associated with specific usage tiers. For example, a merchant on the $90 Starter plan will see a base charge of $15 and a usage fee of $75.

What is a ‘Usage fee’?

Usage in Privy is not related to the features used or the use of the account; usage in Privy is related to the number of mailable contacts on the account and how they scale.

In other words, a usage fee is determined by the tier of contacts you’re currently at. The base charge is the minimum price, and the usage fee is adjusted to your account size.

This means that even if the service is not used, no emails/texts are sent, or no displays are created, the price will remain the same. If you are Shopify billed, it will be split into two charges (Base and Usage).

If you plan to stop using the account for a period of time, we recommend that you cancel it to avoid additional charges. For more information, see this article.

Frozen accounts

When an account is Frozen, on Privy's end, we cannot determine the specific reason why an account gets frozen since this status is related to the Shopify side of your store.

However, this article from Shopify support about Frozen Shopify stores states that if you miss paying your Shopify subscription bill or if a payment fails three times, your store is frozen until you settle your bill with Shopify. Your store does not freeze until your bill's due date. If your store is frozen, you can't access your Shopify admin, and customers can't view your store.

When a Shopify account is frozen, apps (such as Privy) do not have the option to cancel or reinstate a paid plan. Since Shopify is showing us that your store is unfortunately frozen. We highly recommend chatting with their billing support team on how to resolve this.

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