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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WordPress, Gutenberg & your e-commerce site

WordPress, Gutenberg & your e-commerce site What is Gutenberg? If you haven’t heard, Gutenberg is the most significant major update to WordPress since its original release, and it will be a noteworthy moment for all e-commerce owners. Both standard e-commerce sites and high-risk sites like those selling vape, cigar, or tactical items online need to be prepared. It’s the first in a line of three major updates coming to WordPress. The developer’s goal is to keep WordPress as the number one content management system online today (not to mention maintain it’s open-source architecture). Gutenberg specifically introduces something called the block system to your content editor. Instead of having all the tools and extra’s… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Woo Commerce 2.5 NMI Plug-in

Woo Commerce 2.5 NMI Plug-in We have many happy clients using the code canyon NMI plugin for WooCommerce. This has proven to be a great solution for WooCommerce merchants who want or need to features available in NMI such as multi-merchant account balancing, and I-Spy fraud detection, especially high-risk merchants. As of the writing of this blog post the NMI plug-in for WooCommerce appears to only be compatible with Woocommerce 2.4, 2.3, 2.2 or 2.1. Users currently running 2.5 may receive inconsistent results or error messages.  We expect clients to get notification of an update from the helpful folks at code canyon soon but in the interim merchants could simply stick… Read More

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