NMI and Volution for vape websites

NMI and Volution for vape websites Volusion is a powerful and often less expensive option for e-commerce websites of all industries, but it is especially useful for high-risk sites selling vape, e-juice, cigars, glass pipe sales or supplies like grinders, coils, and batteries. High-risk merchants need the flexibility and high-risk merchant account options of a high-risk payment gateway like NMI. We have already gone over the reasons why Volusion is an excellent platform for high-risk merchants, so in this post, we will be concentrating on how to integrate Volusion with NMI, and some of the special advantages the two can bring your e-commerce store. How to Integrate Volusion with the NMI payment… Read More

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FFL payment gateways for WooCommerce & WordPress

FFL payment gateways for WooCommerce & WordPress Over the years we have helped countless FFL dealers find a stable way to accept credit cards for their WooCommerce WordPress website. Because of the popularity of the Woo/FFL combination, we decided to take a little time to go over some of the benefits of using WooCommerce for your site and how we can assist with a WooCommerce compatible 2A friendly payment gateway and merchant account. Accepting FFL payments on WooCommerce easily There are many obstacles to overcome before most web-stores get an e-commerce shop that mostly runs itself, especially when those shops are labeled as high-risk by payment processors. Fortunately, we specialize… Read More

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Shopify and payment gateway emulators

A quick guide to Shopify and payment gateway emulators Since Shopify stopped supporting new Network Merchants Gateway integrations as a drop-down feature, there has been a lot of discussion about gateway emulators, high-risk payments, and Shopify. You can still accept payments for high-risk products on Shopify if you were declined by Shopify Payments, but it needs to be done differently now. The preferred method is a carefully set up an Authorize.Net payment gateway with a high-risk, industry appropriate merchant account on the back end.  Another solution that we did investigate at the request of a website owner was the ability to use a payment gateway emulator. An emulator allows a high-risk website owner… Read More

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Magento and high-risk payment gateways

Magento and high-risk payment gateways Are you a new high-risk Magento merchant whose website sells products like electronic cigarettes, premium cigars, or firearms via a secure background checked FFL to FFL transfer? If so, there are many solid payment gateway and merchant account options available to help you process payments securely. Instead of struggling with credit card processors who will eventually reject you, we can help you set up properly from the get-go with an Authorize.Net, NMI or ePN account, with our expert guidance readily at hand. With high-risk credit card processing applied correctly on the back end, you won’t have to worry about accepting payments on your Magento store.… Read More

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PrestaShop and high-risk payment gateways: a software spotlight

PrestaShop and high-risk payment gateways: a software spotlight PrestaShop has been around for years and is a great choice for startup high-risk e-commerce merchants who need a scalable platform at a minimum cost. We wrote about PrestaShop years ago, but want to update you on some recent changes. When last we mentioned PrestaShop, they had announced a new plugin with NMI, one of our preferred payment gateways for high-risk e-commerce. PrestaShop makes high-risk e-commerce easy As of April 2018, they now have over 53 payment gateway options. In our opinion, the most notable is the addition of Authorize.Net, another of our preferred payment gateways. This and some other features we’ll… Read More

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High-risk payments in 2018

High-risk payments in 2018: confusing, but not impossible If you are like many high-risk merchants, changes in e-commerce and high-risk processing have made the process of making good decisions for your online business more of a challenge lately. These challenges are widespread, but they especially impact website owners selling electronic cigarettes, FFL to FFL sales, cigars, glassware, pipes, or any number of other restricted industries. “High-risk” is a general industry term within the world of credit card processing that basically means your products or services are not supported by all or most major payment gateway and merchant account providers. High-risk merchant accounts for vape, tobacco, and pipes These days the high-risk… Read More

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Online Firearms Sales 101

Online Firearms Sales 101 Despite public perception, internet sales of firearms are very regulated. If you’re a first-time FFL merchant looking to accept payments and sell online, you’ll need to obtain legal counsel from an attorney familiar with the purchase and shipping laws and regulations both at a federal level and for every state or territory to which you ship, particularly the Gun Control Act of 1968, which effectively prohibits the shipment of firearms across state lines to anyone except a licensed FFL dealer who can then complete the transaction. What this means in practice is that you cannot sell and ship directly to consumers, but rather that you must… Read More

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Many “preferred” or “recommended” gateway providers are not high-risk friendly

Many “preferred” or “recommended” payment gateways are not high-risk friendly Below is a case study composite.  This is from some very recent experiences showing the importance of reading your terms and conditions before you automatically sign up for your website builder’s “preferred” payment gateway or merchant account. I just finished my second of two long conversations with a client we will call Erica in Texas. We spoke about her challenges trying to set up a payment gateway for her online e-juice store with her current website provider. This hosting company happened to be offering site-building and processing through their preferred providers as well. We have dozens if not hundreds of folks… Read More

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