First of all, there is a forever free plan for our app.
The free plan not only provides the access to the basic metafields editor, but also includes 1000 free app credits for the bulk actions. The bulk actions are available on the app credit basis, but the the browser extension is not available for the free plan. Monthly subscription gives you the unlimited access to the bulk editing functionality (bulk editor, import and export) PLUS the browser extension allowing to manage metafields directly in the Shopify admin panel and metafield sets - another handy feature of our app that lets you configure a set of "global" metafields; configure a metafield once and simply populate value for each product as needed.
Now let’s get the app credits thing clear.
Besides the free 1000 credits we offer to each of our users (one time offer), you can get more credits if you don’t want to upgrade your plan.
For $1 you can get 1000 app credits.
For 1 app credit you can import (or edit in bulk) 1 metafield for 1 product.
As for the data export, for 1 app credit you can export all metafields for 1 product (or any other resource type).
Once you upgrade the plan, no app credits will be charged as long as the total number of the resources fits into the plan’s limits. Each plan has its own limits described on Metafield Guru's Shopify App store listing, but let's see the plans in details:
ADEPT - $9/month.
Allows you to use all the bulk features for resources with total number up to 2 000. With that said, you still can use the bulk actions for resources under of total count up to 2 000 in case any other resource type exceeds the given limit. For example, if your store has got 1 000 products, 10 000 customers and 33 000 orders, the ADEPT plan will work for you just fine as long as you're going to apply the bulk actions to the products only.
GURU - $19/month
Allows you to use all the bulk features for resources with total number up to 20 000. The same adjustable plan limits we described earlier are applied to this plan as well.
GURU PLUS - $59/month
Allows you to use all the bulk features for resources with total number up to 100 000. The same adjustable plan limits we described earlier are applied to this plan as well.
Paid plans and app credits.
The paid plans can also use the app credits in a certain scenario.
Let’s say, someone has a huge Shopify Plus store with 5 000 products , and over 50 000 for both customers and orders. As this person would use only the browser extension, they decided to go with the ADEPT($9/month) plan. However, all of sudden, they decided to do a one-time export of metafields. Since 5 000 products exceed the 2 000 product limits for the current ADEPT plan, they have two options:
1) upgrade the plan to GURU ($19/month)
2) purchase the credits for $5, complete that export and keep using the $9/month plan.
It might sound weird, but we’re not trying to force our users into paying more money for the app. We aim to make the app usage as efficient and beneficial for both you and us as possible :)