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Looking for Advice On Subscription Service

I have a website that I sell a product that is used by professional trades and DIY'ers. It is a consumable product, so the pro's need to re-order more frequently. I currently have about a dozen customers that I have a 'subscription' for or have requested frequent orders….I use Shopify and what I do now is create a draft order and email it to them. They pay and I ship, they don't pay, they don't need it. Everyone skips about once a year, but for the most part, they buy monthly at the prescribed price.

So, I have been thinking about this think that I have a lot more room to expand on this as about 70% of my business is from Pros who need the product regularly. I have researched all of the apps and have pretty much come to the conclusion that I can't implement this the way that I want to with any of the existing apps. I may be over thinking this, but here is what my end in mind is.

3 step shopping process.

  1. Frequency (30, 60, 90 days)
  2. Quantity (20, 25, 30, 50)
  3. Product selection

The pricing formula that I have is based upon frequency and quantity – not product (as my net cost each item is pretty similar). The more you buy and more frequently you buy, the lower the price.

I have reviewed all of the Shopify Apps and both ReCharge and Bold say that this can be done with custom development. Bold said that they would need to add two more apps also. All of this rings a cash register in my head and the more I start looking at this, I wonder if I should just create a custom site for my subscriptions (outside of Shopify).

I am looking for some advice. Am I over complicating this and should I just figure out a way to do it easier on Shopify? Should I build a Woo site? Should I just keep doing what I'm doing?

These dozen customer account for about $2,500 in sales monthly and I think with a 'program' I can get at least another dozen pretty quickly. Also, I like the idea of product forecasting for inventory.

Thank you for your help and suggestions here.

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