Payment gateways for tactical websites
First, some notes regarding selling lethal or non-lethal weapons online:
- If you are planning on selling any tactical goods, self-defense items, knives, or weapons online, even non-lethal items like pepper spray, stun guns, or “weapon like” items, you need to consult an attorney and get qualified, legal advice FIRST. There are many many rules and regulations, and they vary from state to state and town to town. We are not attorneys. We provide e-commerce solutions and recommendations on payment gateways, merchant services, software, cash-flow ideas, and chargeback reduction for high-risk merchants. Fill out the contact form below if you have any questions of any kind.
- If you are thinking about expanding your selection of tactical items, survival supplies, or weapons to firearms via FFL to FFL deliveries, please check out this article, it can help you get started in that direction. You can also contact us with any questions you may have about our services or getting started, or you can learn more about FFL firearms e-commerce here.
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Not ready yet? Here’s some information on selling tactical goods online
Personal defense items, collectible knives, and tactical products have been a growing industry for years. The growth has included non-lethal defensive tools like pepper spray, stun guns, and tasers. Unfortunately, you can’t just start up a website to sell these products just like that, but you can start relatively simply with a few tips, the right payment acceptance vendors, and some legal advice from an attorney who specializes in your industry.
First, you need a website, so choosing the right software suite or website platform is essential. You can find a great list of software spotlights on our blog, or contact us for recommendations. For merchants who are new to e-commerce, and not technically savvy we recommend a template based web program, not a custom solution. We also suggest you not only get legal advice that may determine not just what you sell but where you ship it. Additionally, we strongly advise you to look into the shipping rules themselves and how they vary from carrier to carrier, in detail, and discuss them with a qualified attorney. Some items are a violation of law to ship via air; many items cannot be shipped US mail without violating federal regulations. Here is a USPS link with more detail.
Setup a payment gateway for self-defense products
After you have taken care of choosing and setting up your overall website, it’s time to get yourself processing “high-risk” payments. All weapons products fall into the category of high-risk, or “commonly prohibited goods and services” which means many mainstream banks, processors, or payment processing institutions are less than keen on processing your transactions. Signing up with a “high-risk” payment gateway allows you to process your credit card transactions securely, giving each party peace of mind as long as it pairs with an appropriate high-risk credit card processor on the back end. Fortunately, we can assist you in setting up your payment gateway, and recommend a weapons-friendly credit card processor to deposit the proceeds from your online sales into your existing business checking account. If you have already chosen a software suite or e-commerce shopping cart, then we should easily be able to guide you through the process of setting up your very own payment gateway and recommend a high-risk friendly merchant account to go with it. We will also ensure that you are helped, step by step, with one on one support when it’s time to integrate your payment gateway and merchant account with your shopping cart. Once you have both your site and your payment gateway setup, you will need products to sell. It shouldn’t be hard to find distributors and wholesalers to stock up from, and fortunately, many vendors are a wealth of information. Remember, it is in your suppliers best interest for you to succeed, many are willing to help if you ask them.
What about non-weapon tactical payment gateways?
Just because you are not selling weapons does not mean that out of the box payment processor your site builder offers is always a good fit. We often speak to merchants who sell survival gear, tactical flashlights or accessories on their websites and still have challenges due to their sites being deemed controversial, even non-FFL sites with blogs that discuss self-defense or 2A issues sometimes run into trouble.
Contact anytime to get started with a tactical and weapons friendly payment gateway and credit card processing recommendation.