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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GoDaddy and high-risk merchants

High-risk e-commerce and GoDaddy Many high-risk merchants – especially startups on a budget, like independently owned e-juice merchants or work from home FFL sites, are attracted to GoDaddy. It has an excellent reputation and is easy to use at a low cost. Making a website from scratch is no easy task, and finding cheap hosting is also getting harder and harder. As a result, GoDaddy can be a great fit, but you will need to know how to set up the payment gateway and back-end credit card processing correctly (don’t worry, we can help). Our experience with GoDaddy We like GoDaddy. We have referred business to them, and have helped… 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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Sitebuilder Spotlight: Duda Mobile

Sitebuilder Spotlight: Duda Mobile Duda Mobile allows payment options for vape, cigar, and FFL websites Is it time to upgrade your high-risk e-commerce website? Is your e-juice, premium cigar, or FFL website in need of a facelift or style update? If so, it might also need some serious attention on the back end. If your site building platform or template is out of date hopefully it is at least mobile-friendly. Often, making small tweaks to an outdated website platform isn’t going to help your customer experience as much as converting to a better website building platform would. Doing everything you can to convey security and competence is important, especially if you are selling in… Read More

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Maximize with Shopgate: A high-risk software spotlight

Maximize with Shopgate: A high-risk software spotlight Make customer retention easier, even if you are high-risk Just because your website markets a “quote-unquote” high-risk product like electronic cigarettes, cigars, or FFL to FFL sales, it does not mean that acquiring new customers isn’t only half the revenue battle – just like it is for your low-risk e-commerce counterparts. For most e-commerce businesses, regardless of the industry, the other half is making sure your customers buy from you again and again. “Keeping them coming back” is also called customer retention, recurring revenue, or customer “stickiness,” and if you sell a consumable like e-liquids, premium cigars, or ammunition, you know how vital… 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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Signifyd and fraud protection for high-risk merchants

Signifyd and fraud protection for high-risk merchants For today’s high-risk e-commerce merchants, fraud is more of a threat than ever. Whether it be the vape site owner who fell victim to a scammer using their site to test stolen cards, the premium cigar merchant who lost thousands on an online order that they themselves thought “might be too good to be true, or the FFL dealer who had malicious firearms orders placed on their website and then charged back, we have heard it all. Recently we received some very positive feedback from clients on an online fraud system called Sygnifyd, so we wanted to pass on some of what we have… Read More

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