Cigars, WooCommerce, & payment gateways

Cigars, WooCommerce, & payment gateways We provide cigar friendly payment gateways and merchant account solutions for WordPress WooCommerce merchants and have learned a lot about WooCommerce in the process. There are a lot of excellent site building platforms and carts out there these days for the online cigar industry. It can be hard to make up your mind or change what you’re used to. If you are just getting into the e-commerce or high-risk sector, it’s especially tricky because you might not know the first thing about what is best for your web-store. If you’ve been selling online for a while and are looking to improve your performance, it can… Read More

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How we feel about Independence Day

How we feel about Independence Day The owner’s manuals for human prosperity No other system or experiment in human history has raised so many out of poverty and sustained it for so long. No other system has produced such innovation, innovation that has so dramatically and positively affected the lives of so many. There are 330 million Americans, the vast majority, when compared to the rest of the world live in relative prosperity,  in relative peace, and with relative freedom. The majority of the other places on earth that share similar blessings do so in no small part because their constitutions and governing concepts are modeled so closely after ours;… Read More

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Canadian high-risk payment gateways for vape, e-juice and glassware

Canadian high-risk payment gateways for vape, e-juice, & glassware We love passing on good news. We are in the business of helping high-risk e-commerce merchants who sell commonly prohibited, yet legal, items like e-juice, vaporizers, pipes, and glassware find stable payment gateway solutions. For years there was one big gap in our ability to recommend payment gateways and the merchant accounts that go with them. That gap? Website owners with Canadian companies who sell products like electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, e-juice, or head-shop type glassware. Before the last month or so our only option was to recommend that Canadian website owners looking to sell high-risk items opened a US company with a US bank account,… Read More

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QuickBooks Payments & prohibited categories

QuickBooks Payments & prohibited categories We recently helped an online FFL merchant with some basic information on how to accept credit cards through their Wix site, and the topic of QuickBooks processing came up. They were hoping to use QuickBooks to key enter some of their net-30 B2B clients who mail in card numbers on their invoices and do it through Intuit’s standard processing. Luckily, we were able to set them up with an FFL friendly virtual terminal prior to them applying for, and being declined by, QuickBooks Payments.  This topic had come up before, although with a vape site using WooCommerce that also wanted to enter their mail-in wholesale distributor payments directly into QuickBooks. That made us… 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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How to sell vape & e-juice using WooCommerce

How to sell vape & e-juice using WooCommerce Are you mostly satisfied with your new WordPress electronic cigarette website, but have questions as to how best implement e-commerce functionality? WooCommerce, and a carefully selected payment gateway may be the answer you are looking for. WooCommerce is an excellent choice for vape sites It can be hard to know which WordPress plugins are reliable, secure, and (most importantly) able to process your vape hardware or e-juice payments. These days especially, there is a lot of change related confusion in what we call the “high-risk” e-commerce market which includes selling vape hardware and e-juice online. Finding an affordable, vape-friendly, WooCommerce payment gateway -merchant… Read More

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Get started as an online FFL: accept payments and more

Get started as an online FFL: accept payments and more Due to complexities beyond their control, many firearms website owners cannot easily figure out, among other things, basic items like where to get started when trying to find a payment gateway and credit card processing system that works with their industry and shopping cart. If that sounds like you, this article can help. Interested in becoming a web-based FFL dealer? Online FFL e-commerce is considered a prohibited category by many software companies, payment gateways, and merchant account providers due to the higher degree of perceived risk or regulatory hassle entailed. The “out of the box” payment processing used on most… Read More

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Payments & pipes: an industry spotlight

Payments & pipes: an industry spotlight Accepting payments for pipes & glassware: it’s getting better The trend lately for the Glassware and pipe industry, at least in terms of their ability to accept credit cards online, appears to be trending positive. Pipe, grinder, and glassware websites can now be set up with solid, high-risk friendly payment gateways that are connected to reliable US-based merchant accounts. We have solutions for pipe and glassware e-commerce websites that easily integrate with Shopify, WooCommerce, and nearly ALL high-risk friendly carts. This is because we are able to set you up with either Authorize.Net or NMI, depending on what is best for you, and can recommend… Read More

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Bookafy and high-risk payments: A software spotlight

Bookafy and high-risk payments: A software spotlight Stay organized, grow your business, and get paid Bookafy is a powerful app that connects your calendars, syncs employee and client schedules with your calendars, and better yet, allows for the smooth integration of a high-risk payment gateway. Small business life is fast, and it’s easy to miss tasks and appointments if you do not take steps to remain organized. Why not make life more comfortable by using software that not only helps you stay organized but also helps you run your business?  You can have clients schedule their services or appointments directly, which is particularly useful for “on the go” sales appointments and… Read More

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Payment gateways, high-risk processing, and Brilliant Directories.

Payment gateways, high-risk processing, and Brilliant Directories Brilliant Directories makes a mark with merchants Brilliant Directories is a SaaS platform with extensive tools and functions to help both low-risk and certain high-risk e-commerce merchants build custom directories and websites while managing recurring billing and subscriptions. Because our clientele markets products commonly considered “prohibited” by many software companies, our question was, “are there also additional benefits for high-risk merchants wondering if they could utilize Brilliant Directories?” Well, for certain high-risk industries, the answer appears to be yes. Fortunately, Brilliant Directories is a great choice for many high-risk businesses, though, certain regulated and restricted products may not be compatible (more on that below.) Authorize.Net… Read More

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