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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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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Shopify & Bold Commerce: a high-risk software spotlight

Shopify & Bold Commerce: a high-risk software spotlight Shopify is one of the biggest names in e-commerce. We have helped hundreds of Shopify merchants who were turned down by Shopify Payments with high- risk processing and e-commerce solutions over the years. While Shopify is well known, you may not have heard of Bold, a company that builds useful e-commerce plug-ins for Shopify. Many of Bold’s apps can be very helpful to your high-risk e-commerce site. Whether these are a recurring membership program for a cigar or wine of the month club, a seamless upsell for a tactical supply website, or a loyalty program for premium cigar websites looking to accept payments… Read More

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Authorize.Net allowing gun sales online?

Does Authorize.Net allow online gun sales with an FFL? Yes, Authorize.Net allows FFLs – if set up correctly Over the last few years, there has been a lot of back and forth as to whether or not Authorize.Net allows legal, FFL to FFL, firearms sales and if so, what particular method or set of steps an online gun dealer must follow. The dust has now long settled and we find that the answer is a clear yes. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you are selling guns or ammunition using Authorize.Net, you must pair the AuthNet payment gateway with an FFL friendly merchant account as well. If you are… Read More

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Declined by Shopify Payments? Here’s why, & what to do

Declined by Shopify Payments? Here’s why, & what to do Recently, we spoke to a new online merchant who put months of effort into a new Shopify website only to have their launch delayed due to having their ability to accept credit cards declined. The decline was not technically by Shopify itself, but by Shopify’s out of the box payment processing relationship called Shopify Payments. Oddly, to the merchant at least, the reason for the decline was because they were selling “pseudo pharmaceuticals.” The website owner was not selling anything he thought even remotely resembled a pharmaceutical, pseudo or not, which begs the question, what are pseudo-pharmaceuticals? Well, it depends on who you ask. The definition is… Read More

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The Shopify WordPress plugin and high-risk merchants

The Shopify WordPress plugin and high-risk merchants A powerful e-commerce combo Did you know, one of the most streamlined, feature rich, high-risk compatible, and most popular shopping cart / hosting solutions can now be integrated with one of the most popular website platforms in the world? That’s correct, Shopify and WordPress work together using Shopify’s plugin for WordPress. Customize and shine with WordPress WordPress is enjoyed by millions of website owners for the ease of use it affords to even most novice webmaster. Its simplicity, however, does not bring the high-risk e-commerce restrictions often associated with other user-friendly platforms. On the contrary, it’s applications are virtually limitless through the addition of… Read More

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Kratom merchant accounts: An update, and it’s good news

Kratom merchant accounts: An update, and it’s good news Quick note, and it seems like good news: We are seeing kratom merchants getting accepted for reliable merchant accounts. In addition to that, these accounts are compatible with Shopify and WooCommerce. These accounts generally only work for merchants processing more than 20k a month in sales, but from what we are seeing approvals are happening, the rates are very reasonable and best yet they are widely compatible. These “new” kratom processors are able to integrate with common payment gateways so hooking up carts like Shopify and WooCommerce is not only possible but actually pretty straightforward. Contact us to learn more about what we… Read More

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Vape payment gateways for Shopify  

How to sell e-juice and vape products on Shopify Over the years we have helped hundreds of Shopify merchants set up a vape friendly payment gateway and have learned a lot about it. You may already be aware that the Shopify out of the box payment gateway has total restrictions on many “high-risk transactions” including vape pens, e-juice, and mods; this is where we can help you. Shopify has apps and platforms to help you sell just about anywhere but certain products are a touch harder to sell. You can absolutely sell vaporizers, e-juice, pens, and mods on Shopify with a little help and updated information under your belt. We will… Read More

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Shopify Tips and Tricks

Shopify Tips and Tricks Are you a Shopify user but aren’t very tech savvy? As a Shopify partner, we understand that not everything is a simple as one, two, three, but because Shopify is so well designed and thought out you can usually watch a video or two to learn what you need to. Speaking of videos, we found a few that we thought might help you if you are trying to use some of the advanced features Shopify has to offer! The missing menu! This article has a useful tip, a video detailing how to locate and add a missing menu to your shopper’s experience. This menu allows you to… Read More

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Key e-commerce marketing terms and tactics

Key e-commerce marketing terms and tactics Know what constitutes a balanced marketing strategy. These days there are a million and one different tools, strategies and tactics in digital marketing. Some people will tell you a particular tactic is going to get you all the business you need, but what works for one business doesn’t always work for another. When it comes to traffic on your website, there are a few big pieces of the puzzle you cannot ignore: –  Conversion rate optimization (CRO) is extremely important; you want your traffic to turn into paying customers. – Search Engine Optimization (SEO); you want people to find your website before your competitors. –… Read More

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