ShopCloseBuy is a shared, Community Ecommerce and Marketing Platform developed to support communities. We believe that strengthening the business community as a whole benefits everyone and results in enhanced community economic development, especially in rural areas.
ShopCloseBuy was created as a versatile Ecommerce platform for business, non-profit organization, entrepreneurs, artists and farmers. We built in a number of features to support this varied group of vendors including pre-order and promo only listings, and parent/subvendor relationships for membership organizations like Arts Councils and Farmer's Markets.
There are some restricted businesses and items that are not able to transact on ShopCloseBuy through our Full Service Ecommerce Plan because they are not supported by our payment gateway provider, Bambora. For a list of these restricted businesses and items, please go to https://www.bambora.com/en/ca/restricted-businesses/.
ShopCloseBuy is committed to supporting businesses to survive and thrive using E-commerce to attract and serve new customers. The shared nature of ShopCloseBuy, which is similar to Amazon but with a local spin, results in shared marketing and cross-promotional opportunities for participating vendors
ShopCloseBuy has been designed to highlight the goods and services of individual vendors or to view the offerings of all vendors through a vendor drop down list. Integrated social media sharing drives traffic back to individual vendor offerings while at the same time cross-promoting other vendors on the platform. As a shared Community Ecommerce platform, ShopCloseBuy promotes all that is available in a given community. It can be a "Shop Local" alternative to other eCommerce platforms that siphon local resources out of the community and/or it can be used to attract tourists to the area and entice non-residents to become customers.
There is a one-time set-up fee and a monthly or annual fee depending on what plan you choose. See our pricing page for current fees and related benefits. If transacting on the site, Bambora will also charge a standard transaction fee of 2.9% of sales plus $0.25/transaction.
When you sign up for ShopCloseBuy, you can choose to pay by credit card, e-transfer or cheque. You can also choose to pay monthly or annually (with a 10% discount).
TechnicalitiesPlus, the creators of ShopCloseBuy, will set up automatic billing or credit card charges depending on your choices.
Revenue earned through transactions on ShopCloseBuy will be transferred to your bank account within 3 business days, minus the transaction fees ($0.25 plus 2.9%).