Sellers may be charged for using some of Shop Main Street Online’s services. This Fees & Payments Policy explains your fees, bills, and taxes and how to pay them.
Types of Fees
Sellers may be required to pay the following types of fees:
When you make a sale through ShopMainStreetOnline.com or Main Street Marketplace or Main Street Auctions, you will be charged a transaction fee of 10% of the price you display for each listing plus the amount you charge for gift options. If you sell from the US, the transaction fee will not apply to the shipping cost, sales tax, Goods and Services Tax, or Harmonized Sales Tax, unless you have included those charges in your listing price.
In-Person Point of Sale Selling Fees
Shop Main Street Online’s upcoming POS/Point of Sale and Inventory Control System is in development and will be launched by April 2019. When you have added all of your inventory, you may use the system via any laptop or notepad device to process transactions through your store when in person at your physical location or your customer’s location. Your inventory will increment with each sale online or in person and individual reorder alerts will help you keep your best selling items in stock.
Payment Processing Fees
Shop Main Street Online does not charge and has no plans to charge a separate payment processing fee. Standard transaction fees apply which cover completely the credit card processing service’s fees and percentage (PayPal or Any Other Payment Processor).
Shop Main Street Online does not charge and has no plans to charge any product listing fee. Standard transaction fees apply at the time of sale which cover completely the product and service listings.
Advertising and Promotional Fees
Shop Main Street Online offers three services to help you advertise your listings and promote your shop: Local Directory Listings, Google Shopping ads, and Content Display Advertising on the Google Network. If you use Local Directory Listings, Google Shopping ads, or Content Display Advertising on the Google Network, you will be charged separate advertising fees and/or promotional fees. Advertising and promotional fees vary by opportunity and will be clearly outlined before you commit to purchasing an ad or starting a Content Display Advertising on the Google Network.
Shipping Fees are based upon USPS Retail Rates for your product package dimensions and shipping weight, which your customer pays at checkout. You may choose to create a wholesale shipper account to obtain a discount on the shipping cost you actually pay.
For more information, please see the Shipping Policy.
2. Fee Avoidance
Any action by a seller to avoid paying a fee is considered fee avoidance and is strictly prohibited by Shop Main Street Online. This includes, for example, encouraging buyers to purchase an item in your Shop Main Street Online shop through another venue. A transaction initiated on Shop Main Street Online may not be completed off of Shop Main Street Online. The price stated in each listing description must be an accurate representation of the sale. Sellers may not charge excessive shipping fees. Sellers may not alter the item’s price after a sale for the purpose of avoiding Shop Main Street Online transaction fees, misrepresent the item’s location, or use another user’s account without permission.
3. Paying your Shop Main Street Online Fees
Shop Main Street Online will deduct from your Main Street Money any balances due on a per transaction basis. The Main Street Money account will detail the amount due for transactions, fees and services. You are responsible for paying your Shop Main Street Online bill in full within 15 days of the date of the invoice, or the account will be considered past due. You are encouraged to leave an amount on your balance to cover fees as needed to power your storefront.
Sellers may pay their Shop Main Street Online fees by credit card, debit card, PayPal, or with their Main Street Money account balance.
4. Main Street Money Payments
Main Street Money is the ledger system that allows you to keep funds on account to fund your own purchases and fees. You enjoy a 1% discount on all purchases made with Main Street Money. Most fees and payments will be automatically calculated and deducted from your Main Street Money account and backed with your pre-approved PayPal payments.
You are responsible for collecting and paying any taxes associated with using and making sales through Shop Main Street Online’s services.
If you sell physical goods on Shop Main Street Online and reside in the US, you have the option of either including applicable taxes in your listing prices, or excluding applicable taxes from your listing prices and then using our sales tax tool to calculate the tax owed on each sale. For items shipped to Washington State or Pennsylvania (or, for digital items, those purchased with a Washington State or Pennsylvania billing address), Shop Main Street Online will use the category you assigned to the listing(s) to calculate, collect and remit the applicable sales tax. You are solely responsible for ensuring that all of your listings are properly categorized and you agree to indemnify Shop Main Street Online for any losses it incurs in connection with any miscategorization of your listings by you.
Shop Main Street Online will issue 1099-K forms to certain sellers in the United States to comply with IRS requirements.
Please remember that Shop Main Street Online’s fees do not include any withholding taxes that might apply in your State. You are required to pay Shop Main Street Online the full amount of our fees and may not deduct any applicable withholding taxes from that amount. Please also note that some States may require Shop Main Street Online to charge VAT on certain of the fees that you may be charged in accordance with this policy, and that the fees listed in this policy do not include that VAT.
6. Shop Main Street Online Gift Cards and Shop Main Street Online Credits
If you are registered to use Shop Main Street Online Payments, you may accept payment by Shop Main Street Online Gift Cards and Main Street Money (Shop Main Street Online Credits). Shop Main Street Online Gift Cards and Main Street Money are subject to the policies on Shop Main Street Online. Shop Main Street Online also charges the Main Street Money Payments payment processing fee described.