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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The FDA: a renewed focus on vaping?

The FDA’s renewed focus on vaping: There have been some new developments in the high-risk e-commerce world that are worth paying close attention to if you are in the e-liquid/vape industry. The FDA seems to be renewing its focus on the electronic cigarettes in general and the e-liquid industry specifically. Because we have helped hundreds of e-liquid and vape merchants with credit card processing and payment gateways over the years we keep our ear to the ground for recent developments that are relevant to our clients. This week it has been reported that the FDA is again concerned about vaping, looking especially at research on vaping and High School students. According to… 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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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 account combo can be hard, and we can… Read More

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How to sell vape products online without a $500 fee

How to sell vape products online without a $500 fee “What? $500 upfront just to accept credit cards?” That is something that e-juice and electronic cigarette merchants have been upset about since the requirement, by one credit card brand, that merchants who sell electronic cigarettes or e-juice online register as a tobacco merchant, began almost a year ago today.  Since late 2016, early 2017, electronic cigarette merchants looking to sell online had 2 choices: Use an out of the box solution and hope the processor does not catch you and shut you off. Or Pay $500 annually to register as tobacco online retailer, even if you do not sell any tobacco. There… 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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