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Shopify NFT Program: Challenges Entering The NFT Space

Son Vu
Son Vu
Wed, 09 Feb 2022 03:36
Shopify NFT Program
Table of Contents

The briefs


Current challenges the Shopify NFT Program is facing


Going forward 

You’ve probably heard about it – Shopify recently announced that it’s allowing merchants to sell NFTs on the platform. While this is good news in and of itself – since we need all the big guys we can have to accelerate the adoption of NFTs – it appears there are still some uncertainties involved in the matter, and that’s why we found it fitting to dive more into this and help you find out more about what the new Shopify NFT program means for the NFT space.


The briefs

To help you know everything better, we’ll first need to walk through the Shopify NFT Program – from what it is, who it is targeting, and what it means for the NFT space.

1. What is the Shopify NFT Program?

Shopify NFT Program is a beta program currently open for US-based Shopify Plus merchants only. Once passed the screening process, Shopify Plus merchants will be able to sell, trade, and mint NFTs on their Shopify storefront. This is a direct result of Shopify’s collaboration with Venly - an NFT minting app. 


2. Who is the program targeting? 

There’s no definite answer as to what’s Shopify’s ambition here, but we can say for sure that, for the time being, Shopify aims to accelerate the NFT adoption process by targeting inexperienced merchants who are new to the NFT space, providing them with an easy way to sell NFTs on their platform.

3. What this means for the NFT space

Being one of the emerging platforms aiming to help individual entrepreneurs achieve their dreams with their own NFT storefront/marketplace, we’re confident that this move from Shopify have various effects on the NFT space, one of which is that more people will find it easier to mint, sell, and profits from NFTs.

And if we’re talking about the big picture here, this means that NFT adoption could very well be mainstream at the end of this year – if things go well of course.


Current challenges the Shopify NFT Program is facing

It’s not all fine and dandy – especially for a movement as polarizing as the NFT movement. The Shopify NFT program receives criticisms from various sides of the debate, and each side has its own merits:


1. Polarizing reactions from non-NFT businesses 

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, chances are you’d be familiar with how people generally react towards NFT news – whether it be in-game NFTs, celebrities buying NFTs, etc. And the reaction this time can be said, in short, to be polarizing.

Long-time, non-NFT merchants dread what will be becoming of their eCommerce platform, and young, NFT-aware merchants embrace this and think of it as a necessary step for what’s coming – the widespread adoption of NFTs.


2. Limited entry

As mentioned in the beginning of the article, this program is restricted to Shopify Plus merchants in the United States only. While this can be seen as a necessary step to ensure an optimal NFT-selling experience for participating merchants, this shows that Shopify is not fully confident in their NFT features yet as it probably needs some polishing.

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For a non-blockchain-native platform like Shopify, this is one of the safer moves as Shopify probably doesn't want to hurt their reputation, but limited entry like this could serve as a barrier for people outside of the US. It’s clear that the demand to create and sell NFTs is global and only gets better with time, and unnecessary barriers like this should be done away with.


3. Features uncertainties

Features are an important point that we need to go over. From a quick look at what Shopify says their program is offering, it looks like they don’t go into much detail about just what blockchain features are included in the NFT program. So far, it looks like these are the features offered in the Shopify NFT program:


  • Mint NFTs on the following blockchains: Ethereum, Polygon, Near, and Flow
  • Airdrops
  • Various payment methods: Shopify Payments, Shop Pay, crypto payment gateways, credit/debit cards, and more
  • Claim purchased NFTs via email and add them directly to their wallets

Compared to existing, Shopify-like platforms on the market, it looks like these features aren’t as competitive as one hoped, and we guess now we know why Shopify has been rather quiet about their expansion into the NFT space. When it comes to features, the Shopify NFT Program is simply not as attractive as existing solutions on the market. It doesn’t have competitive features (e.g., auction, whitelist, multiple store collaborators, custom token payment) to drive a successful NFT store.


Going forward 

As a whole, this move from Shopify has left a positive note on what it means for the future of the NFT space. Things will only get better from now on, and while the Shopify NFT Program still has its cons, it shows that Shopify is, too, planning to expand its presence into the NFT space, as well as to encourage mass NFT adoption – and this is a good thing for everyone who’s planning to be a part of the NFT movement.

Here at NFTify, we want there to be no barriers or technical limitations for NFT entrepreneurs. Creating and owning your own NFT business should be as simple as clicking buttons and letting the platform do the rest for you – and that’s what NFTify strives for. And when it comes to the number of features offered, we currently offer various cutting-edge features to set your NFT business up for success:

  • Fully customizable: get access to a rich set of versatile tools & theme templates to design a store that speaks your brand
  • Multichain support: Ethereum, Polygon, and Binance Smart Chain
  • Payment in custom tokens
  • Built-in marketing tools: Google Analytics & Facebook Pixel integration
  • Multi-store collaborators, payout groups

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Son Vu
Son Vu
Content Strategist
Son Vu is a passionate Content Strategist at NFTify. He likes listening to podcasts and is a geek.
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