If you’re looking to start a Shopify store but don’t want to go through the hassle of creating your own, you’re in luck!

There are several platforms where you can buy custom Shopify stores. This article will show you the top platforms where you can find premade Shopify stores on offer.

So, whether you’re starting or looking for an upgrade, read on!

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What kind of custom Shopify stores can you buy?

Starting a new Shopify store is a multi-step process.

Because of this, there are different types of premade stores you can purchase.

The most ‘basic’ Shopify stores have only run through the first few steps and don’t have any sales yet, while others have been scaled already and make thousands of dollars in sales.

So, let’s take a look at the three types of custom Shopify stores!

The brand-new custom Shopify store

The brand-new custom Shopify store is the one you will see most often. Here, the most straightforward steps like the creation of a Shopify account, the setup of the domain and products, and the design of the website are already completed:

Brand new premade dropshipping stores

This type of custom Shopify store will cost you around $50 to $150 and usually includes the following elements:

  • A domain
  • Products
  • A logo
  • Suppliers
  • Shopify apps
  • Product descriptions

The turnkey Shopify store

A turnkey Shopify store is built to help beginners start their businesses quickly. Almost everything is already done on the website itself. It often includes a good selection of products, a premium domain name, product descriptions, and more.

The concept is to simply ‘turn the key’ and start selling!

However, be careful with these kinds of custom Shopify stores. Sales don’t come by themselves, and you will have to promote the store yourself. You can check out this article if you’re interested in methods to drive traffic to your website!

DropBee Digital homepage

This type of custom store will typically cost you between $300 and $900. Depending on the package you choose, it will come with the following elements:

  • A domain
  • Products
  • A logo
  • Suppliers
  • Shopify apps
  • Product descriptions
  • Speed optimization
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • An installed Meta Pixel
  • Videos, photos, or creatives for your marketing campaigns

The already-running custom Shopify stores

We have now covered custom Shopify stores that don’t have any sales yet.

But sometimes, owners of existing and running Shopify stores want to start a new project or focus on something else and will therefore sell their current store.

This is what we call already-running Shopify stores!

Already-running premade dropshipping stores

Compared to the others, the advantage of these types of Shopify stores is that you know that the product will sell. Besides, you will have creatives for your ads, customer data, and social media accounts with followers.

These kinds of custom Shopify stores will cost you anywhere from $1,000 to multiple millions of US dollars for the most successful ones. Oof!

In most cases, these stores come with the following assets:

  • A domain
  • Products
  • A logo
  • Suppliers
  • Shopify apps
  • Product descriptions
  • Speed optimization
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • An installed and mature Meta Pixel
  • Videos, photos, or creatives for your marketing campaigns
  • A mailing list
  • Social media accounts with followers
  • Returning customers
  • A marketing plan

The 8 best platforms to buy custom Shopify stores

Ready to buy your own premade Shopify store?

Awesome, but where do you start searching?

Let us tell you there are eight awesome platforms for this. Here is an overview of all eight platforms that will be covered in this article:

Platform Types of stores Price range
Exchange Marketplace Brand-new
Turnkey
Already-running
$100 – $100k+
Fiverr Brand-new
Turnkey
$10 – $300+
Flippa Brand-new
Turnkey
Already-running
$400 – $1 million+
Upwork Brand-new
Turnkey
$100 – $1,000+
Empire Flippers Already-running $100k – $3 million+
DropBee Digital Brand-new
Turnkey
$99 – $499
BigBuy Turnkey +- $900
Lemon.dev Turnkey €1,499 – €6,999

Important note: On November 1, 2022, Shopify made the decision to shut down the Exchange Marketplace. This article includes a review of the Exchange Marketplace, but you won’t be able to use the platform now!

Let’s take a look at some of the best platforms you can use to buy custom Shopify stores:

1. Exchange Marketplace

Exchange Marketplace homepage

The Exchange Marketplace is a platform designed for buying and selling Shopify stores.

In fact, it is created by Shopify and only lists Shopify ecommerce stores.

Using the Exchange Marketplace, sellers can create listings for their stores. And since Shopify owns the platform, the listing will show uneditable verified Shopify sales data, so you won’t have to worry about any fake data!

Together with owner-reported data and market trends, the Exchange Marketplace also suggests a valuation price for the store.

That way, buyers can make offers, and when an agreement is reached, a secure store transfer will follow with Escrow and support from the Exchange Marketplace.

The Exchange Marketplace offers a variety of filters. You can filter on the store’s industry (like automotive, home, etc.), business size (small, medium, large), and business type (with inventory, print on demand, dropshipping):

Dropshipping websites for sale Exchange Marketplace

If you’re looking for a relatively fresh premade store, the dropshipping category is a great place to start as most of the stores listed there are new and have little sales.

However, if you are looking for an already-running premade store, we recommend using a category like ‘established business.’

You will often see privately listed stores here, as the owners often don’t want others spying on their stores.

You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on the Exchange Marketplace:

  • Brand-new custom Shopify stores
  • Turnkey Shopify stores
  • Already-running custom Shopify stores

Tip: If you need help with buying a store for the right price, check out our detailed explanation here!

2. Fiverr

Fiverr homepage

Your next option is Fiverr.

Fiverr is a platform where freelancers can offer all kinds of services (also known as ‘gigs’).

As such, you can use the platform for your store when you need a logo designer, copywriter, or customer service agent for your customer support team!

Alternatively, you can use Fiverr to outsource the whole design part of your Shopify store and let someone else do it for you:

Fiverr results for custom Shopify store

As you can see, close to 70k services are available when using the query “custom Shopify store”!

Most services have a starting price of between $10 and $100. However, the costs can rise to $300+ for the most complete and professional (‘turnkey’) custom Shopify stores.

When purchasing a custom Shopify store from Fiverr, remember that you get what you pay for most of the time. You shouldn’t expect a professional store design for only $10, so don’t be disappointed when you find out there’s still lots of work to be done.

Lastly, if you want a custom Shopify store in a language that isn’t English, you can use Fiverr’s filters to find sellers that speak that language or live in your target country!

One thing to keep in mind is that Fiverr adds a fee on top of the prices when you check out, so keep that in mind for your profit margins:

Service fees are added at the time of purchase where you can review and accept the total amount requested to pay. These fees cover administrative fees. As of October 2022, the service fees are 5.5% of the purchase amount. For purchases under US$50 an additional US$2 small order fee will be applied.

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You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on Fiverr:

  • Brand-new custom Shopify stores
  • Turnkey Shopify stores

3. Flippa

Flippa homepage

Flippa is one of the largest marketplaces where online businesses are sold and bought.

If someone wants to sell their Shopify store, they would almost certainly do it through either the Exchange Marketplace or Flippa.

P.S. Would you like to see what it’s like to sell your Shopify store? If so, check out our article about it here!

With Flippa, you have access to over 6,000 active listings at the moment of writing.

And ecommerce stores are just a part of these active listings. Flippa lists online businesses in various categories, like Amazon FBA, blogs, SaaS businesses, and apps.

Luckily, you can use Flippa’s categories and filters to find the exact premade store you’re looking for!

As of writing this article, around 1,800 of the 6,000 total active listings are for Shopify stores:

Flippa Shopify stores for sale

Prices for Shopify stores on Flippa vary between $400 to $1 million+. So, Flippa is definitely a platform to check out if you have a higher budget and are looking for already-running Shopify stores!

Flippa also has some nice features that will make buying a premade store that little bit easier. For instance, they have partnered with the SEO platform SEMrush, which lets you check out traffic analytics for a store’s listing.

It also integrates with Google Ads, which can help you determine how much money a store makes from ads on Google.

Even if you don’t want to buy a custom Shopify store on Flippa, it is an excellent platform for market research and inspiration.

Many listings include the store’s URL, allowing you to see what they are selling and how the store is designed, all while knowing its financials.

You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on Flippa:

  • Brand-new custom Shopify stores
  • Turnkey Shopify stores
  • Already-running custom Shopify stores

4. Upwork

Upwork homepage

Flippa is similar to the Exchange Marketplace, but Upwork is similar to Fiverr.

And just like Flippa may be a bit more expensive than the Exchange Marketplace, Upwork may be a bit higher-priced than Fiverr.

On Upwork, freelancers promote their services in all categories, like IT, design, marketing, and writing.

And in between those freelancers, you will find the Shopify store developers:

Upwork dropshipping store developeres

A difference between Upwork and Fiverr is that Upwork freelancers often charge by the hour, while Fiverr freelancers charge on a project basis.

Compared to Fiverr, there is a bit more of a ‘professional’ vibe to Upwork, so as said before, you should be prepared to pay a bit more for a custom Shopify store.

But because the freelancers charge by the hour, it really depends on your wishes and the freelancer themselves how much you will have to pay!

You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on Upwork:

  • Brand-new custom Shopify stores
  • Turnkey Shopify stores

5. Empire Flippers

Empire Flippers homepage

Empire Flippers is another great platform to look for premade Shopify stores.

Like Flippa, it focuses on various types of online businesses, like Amazon stores, ecommerce stores, and dropshipping businesses.

You can see Empire Flippers like a small-scale version of Flippa.

For instance, Flippa had about 1,800 Shopify stores for sale, while Empire Flippers had only 17 at the time of writing.

However, one big difference compared to Flippa is that Empire Flippers focuses on large, well-established, profitable online businesses only:

Empire Flippers ecommerce businesses

As you can see, the cheapest ecommerce store from Empire Flippers costs around $80k, while the most expensive one has an asking price of over $800k.

Because of these higher prices, Empire Flippers also offers a personalized support service when buying and selling an online business.

So, if you are someone with some money to spend on a premade Shopify store, Empire Flippers is definitely a platform to check out!

You can buy the following kind of custom Shopify stores on Empire Flippers:

  • Already-running custom Shopify stores

6. DropBee Digital

DropBee Digital homepage

The next platform where you could get a custom Shopify store is DropBee Digital.

DropBee Digital focuses on creating pre-built, turnkey Shopify stores.

You can submit your preferred niche, business name, branding, and domain, and the Shopify experts at DropBee Digital will build a fully functioning Shopify store for you, including unique trending products!

DropBee Digital popular niches for custom Shopify store

However, DropBee Digital also provides the service of building a fully-custom Shopify store for you. With this service, the store will be built specifically to your needs and preferences!

DropBee Digital Fully Custom Stores

DropBee Digital charges $99 to $499 for their (pre-built) niche stores. And if you’re interested in a fully custom store, you will have to inquire about the pricing.

You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on DropBee Digital:

  • Brand-new custom Shopify stores
  • Turnkey Shopify stores

7. BigBuy

BigBuy Dropshipping Shop 360

The following company is called BigBuy.

You might have read about BigBuy on our blog earlier, as we have previously covered it as one of the best dropshipping suppliers in Europe.

And thus, besides supplying you with products to sell, they can also supply you with a custom Shopify store (but it’s only for dropshipping).

It’s called the ‘360° Dropshipping Shop’, and it’s essentially a solution for turnkey Shopify dropshipping stores:

BigBuy dropshipping shop categories

As you can see, you can choose from some of the best niches, but that’s not all.

For each niche, you will be able to choose between different themes, languages, and more.

Your BigBuy turnkey Shopify store will also come with assets like banners, marketing material, and an academy with technical resources.

You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on BigBuy:

  • Turnkey Shopify stores

8. Lemon.dev

Lemon.dev homepage

We will end the list with Lemon.dev.

This platform caters to a specific audience, namely those who want to start a Shopify store to sell luxury products!

Lemon.dev is the official partner of BrandsGateway, one of the best fashion suppliers worldwide.

So, before getting a turnkey Shopify store from Lemon.dev, you will have to sign up for BrandsGateway first:

Lemon.dev customer journey to get a turnkey Shopify store

Your turnkey Shopify store will use the Liv theme, which is specifically catered for luxury fashion stores and has loads of great features:

Liv theme features and benefits

A professional Shopify store from Lemon.dev currently costs € 1,499:

Liv theme turnkey Shopify store pricing

However, for those who want to go all out, they even offer a package that costs € 6,999 and includes a 1-on-1 design session, a theme color palette, a professionally-designed logo, and more!

You can buy the following kinds of custom Shopify stores on Lemon.dev:

  • Turnkey Shopify stores

Should you buy a custom Shopify store?

There you go!

You now know where you can buy your custom Shopify store. But is it wise to do it?

Well, buying a premade store has both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of buying a premade Shopify store include that it’s less work, saves time, and you won’t have any worries about picking the exact name, suppliers, or products (in many cases).

Finding dropshipping stores

On the other side, you probably won’t do any product research, so identifying your ideal audience will be more challenging.

Also, the chances are higher that you will end up with a Shopify store that looks like many others (except when paying big bucks for your premade store). You also won’t learn anything in the process.

And lastly, when buying an already running store, you won’t know about any previous activities (like how the previous owner treated their customers).

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages!

What to look out for when buying custom Shopify stores?

When buying custom Shopify stores, there are several pitfalls you may encounter.

For example, sometimes, people buy a custom Shopify store only to find out that statistics such as revenue (sales), profit/loss, and the number of visitors were faked.

In other cases, there may be supplier issues because the supplier may retire the product.

This means that you need to figure out the fulfillment side of things – and what you’re going to do about your logistics.

Then, there may be problems regarding the ownership of social media accounts. Keep in mind that even if the seller provides you with social media accounts, they can hijack them back a few days or weeks later.

These are a few pitfalls you should think about before buying a premade Shopify store. If you want to learn more about these, check out this article!

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Summary

Before we go to the final verdict, we’ve created a quick summary of this article for you, so you can easily remember it:

  • You can get three types of custom Shopify stores – brand-new, turnkey, and already-running stores.
  • Some of the best platforms to use for buying a custom Shopify store include Fiverr, and Flippa.
  • You should get a custom Shopify store if you have the budget for it and don’t want to spend much time creating your store, but remember that you will have far less control over how the store will turn out.
  • When buying a custom Shopify store, be aware of pitfalls like fake data, supplier relations, and the ownership of social media accounts.

Conclusion

In the end, we can conclude that buying custom Shopify stores can lower your workload as you won’t have to build a store yourself, but there are also some disadvantages associated with it.

For example, you will have to ensure you are getting a good deal and avoid any potential pitfalls of buying a premade store.

This doesn’t mean that buying a premade store is a bad move. It may be an excellent move for you!

This article covered eight amazing platforms for buying custom Shopify stores, and we definitely recommend using them if you are in the market for one.

Also, if you’re second-guessing about building your own Shopify business, then check out this article here to learn how to start one from scratch!

Or, if you’re looking for a premade dropshipping store, check out this article here.

Good luck with finding the right custom store for you!

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