Handshake is Shopify’s handpicked wholesale marketplace for one-of-a-kind US brands.
Every day, Handshake helps thousands of approved retailers discover and order unique products from professional, quality brands – all carefully curated by Shopify. Handshake is 100% built by Shopify. That means one integrated platform for managing all your products, orders, and buyers. Once your application to sell is approved, you'll own your brand profile on Handshake, and manage everything from Shopify. Product categories include Apparel, Jewelry, Beauty, Food & Drink, Stationary, and more.
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We recently applied to become vendors on Handshake, an experience that has regrettably been more frustrating than exciting. Handshake outlines a set of prerequisites that sellers must meet to be accepted. We diligently fulfilled each of these conditions, with the belief that we had followed their process meticulously.
Our excitement turned into disappointment two weeks later when our application was rejected on the grounds of not meeting the same requirements that we had painstakingly ensured to fulfill. The process lacked clarity and transparency, leaving us unsure of where we fell short.
We were further perplexed by their fine jewelry offerings, or rather the lack thereof. Our niche in fine jewelry does not seem overrepresented on their platform, so this couldn't have been a contributing factor to our application's rejection.
This opaque and inconsistent admissions process is not an isolated incident, as echoed by numerous other reviews we've come across. Such an experience presents a poor reflection on Handshake, as it raises questions about the transparency and reliability of their application process. This unfortunate encounter serves as a significant deterrent and has negatively impacted our view of Handshake.
Same as the others: auto rejected. Again. Don't even bother. Seems like an elitist, nit-picky group not unlike the self-aggrandizing bouncer at an exclusive club playing god on who gets past the velvet rope.
Ashley here from Shopify support, thank you so much for taking the time to review the app and let us know about this experience. I'd love to open the lines of communication between us so we can take a deeper look into what determines your eligibility for being a supplier on Handshake. Please watch for my upcoming email.
Ashley | Marketplaces Support Specialist
I read all reviews and tried to apply. Yes, they were right. Just a couple of minutes later I got my rejection message. I really wonder what is your "criteria for selling" exactly. I think there is no Handshake platform :))))
Hi Filigranist Jewelry,
William here from Shopify support, thank you so much for taking the time to review the app and let us know about this experience. I'd love to open the lines of communication between us so we can take a deeper look into what determines your eligibility for being a supplier on Handshake. Please watch for my upcoming email.
William | Marketplaces Support Specialist