Signing up for Handshake

To access product wholesale prices, contact suppliers, and buy products on the Handshake marketplace you need to sign up for a Handshake retailer account. When you sign up for a Handshake retailer account you need to provide valid business information and your contact details.

Requirements for a Handshake retailer account

To sign up for a Handshake retailer account, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Your business needs to be located in the United States.
  • You need to have an open online store, brick and mortar store, pop-up store, or booth located in the US.
  • You need a valid reseller ID, or a valid reason for not having one.
  • You don't sell on third party marketplaces, such as Amazon, Etsy, and eBay
  • The products that you sell in your store need to comply with the Handshake Terms of Service

When you sign up, you need to provide accurate information. If you provide incorrect or inaccurate business information, then your Handshake account might be subject to deactivation.

Deactivated Handshake retailer account

If your Handshake account is deactivated, then you receive an error message when trying to sign in. There are multiple reasons why your Handshake account might get deactivated:

The Handshake team might send you an email asking to provide more information about your business. If you don't reply to Handshake with the requested information about your business, then your account is deactivated. If you believe your account was deactivated by mistake, then reach out at help@handshake.com.

Reseller ID

When you sign up with Handshake, you need to provide a reseller ID. The reseller ID is sometimes referred to as a reseller's license, reseller's permit, resale certificate, or sales tax ID in some US states. A reseller ID licenses you to buy wholesale products without paying sales tax, resell products, and collect sales tax from customers. Suppliers are legally required to check if you need to pay sales tax for wholesale purchases.

If you don't have a reseller ID, then refer to your state tax department about the requirements and the process to get one. These requirements can vary by region, and the following states don't issue reseller IDs:

  • Delaware
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon

If you operate in one of these states, then a reseller ID isn't required to use Handshake.

Create your Handshake retailer account

You can go to handshake.com and create your Handshake retailer account. If you have a Shopify account, then you can install the Handshake: Buy Wholesale app in your Shopify admin.

If you use your Shopify account to create a Handshake retailer account, then your Shopify account information is automatically added to your Handshake retailer account.

Create your account on handshake.com

When you create an account on handshake.com, you need an email address that links to a Shopify ID. You can use an existing Shopify ID or create a new one.

Steps:

  1. Go to handshake.com.
  2. Click Sign up.
  3. Enter your email address, and then click Get started.
  4. Connect a Shopify account:
    • If you have a Shopify account, then connect it to Handshake:
      1. If your email address is connected to multiple Shopify stores, then select which store you want to connect to Handshake.
      2. Click Agree and continue.
    • If you don't have a Shopify account, then create a new Shopify and connect it to Handshake:
      1. Click Create new account.
      2. Complete the Shopify account registration form, and then click Create Shopify ID.
      3. Enter your business details and contact information. Make sure that the information is correct, because you can't change it after you create your account.
      4. Check By signing up to Handshake you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
      5. Click Create account.
  5. Optional: Select the product categories that you're interested in, and then click Continue. Select the values that are the most important to you and your customers, and then click Finish.

Install the Handshake: Buy Wholesale app to your Shopify admin

If you have a Shopify account, then you can install the Handshake: Buy Wholesale app from the Shopify App Store in your Shopify admin. To install the app, your store address needs to be in the United States. When you install the app, you're directed to handshake.com to confirm your registration.

Steps:

  1. Go to the Handshake: Buy Wholesale page in the Shopify App Store.
  2. Click Add app.
  3. Click Install app.
  4. Click Agree and continue.
  5. Optional: Select the product categories that you're interested in, and then click Continue. Select the values that are the most important to you and your customers, and then click Finish.

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