Commonly prohibited or “high-risk” e-commerce industries
If you are in an industry highlighted on this page, you likely have struggled with even the most basic components of an e-commerce website – the ability to obtain a payment gateway and merchant account, accept payments, and market your products or service.
Sites that sell the products and services below often have a tough time getting straight answers
We offer clear, easy to implement solutions and one on one support for as long as you are a client and help you decide the best high-risk payment solution for your website. We will help you generate the gateway credentials required and assist you in integrating your payment gateway into the e-commerce platform of your choice. For example, setting up and plugging in an NMI gateway into your BigCommerce store. We will assign you a real human as a dedicated contact, help you with any paperwork or information the processors may require and continue to assist you long after approval and set up.
We have decades of experience in the high-risk business and have a firm grasp of which software providers, payment gateways, affiliate payout vendors, and, through our many vetted industry contacts, which merchant accounts and credit card processors are the best fit for you.
Give us details on your business via our contact us form and let us provide some one-on-one information at no obligation. We are not attorneys and do not offer legal guidance, but we can help you accept credit cards for your lawful, high-risk business and provide friendly advice on a host of high-risk e-commerce topics.
We provide advice to high-risk & commonly prohibited e-commerce products like:
Auto-ship products, subscription programs, clubs
Auto bill programs: alarm companies, pest control, fitness clubs, online training programs
Adult websites: continuity and straight sale
Adult toys and dolls
Botanicals – legal, non-mood altering plant-based supplements, tinctures, oils, lotions, and powders
Canadian businesses – high-risk e-commerce sites, CBD etc
Credit monitoring subscription programs: continuity, and straight-sale
Coaching: personal, business, internet marketing
Collection Agencies (must be reputable)
Dating sites (online dating, membership sites, coaching, or clubs)
Debt consolidation programs, student loan consolidation programs
Detox and cleanse products: continuity and straight sale
Document preparation and application assistance for immigration Visa’s, student loans, etc.
FFL gun sales, online, drop shipped firearms, ammunition
Fortune telling, psychic readings, clairvoyance, astrology
Free trial offers: startups preferred- must be legal, and ethical. Supplements, skincare, software.
Garcinia cambogia: straight sale, or recurring
Gentlemen’s clubs, lady’s clubs
Coffee-based supplements: straight sale or recurring
Health clubs, automated recurring billing by ACH and credit card
Hoodia supplements: continuity and straight sale
Internet marketing lead generation, traffic programs
Knives, swords – legal online sales to appropriate jurisdictions
Male enhancement supplements: straight sale, recurring, or trial
MMJ support and supply merchants. MMJ packaging, stash boxes, grinders
Muscle enhancement testosterone support supplements: straight sale or recurring – no “research chemicals” or prescription drugs
No2 nitric oxide supplements: straight sale or recurring
Nootropics, brain supplements. Supplements must be legal; volume requirements and restrictions may apply: straight sale or recurring
Pawn shops, online pawn e-commerce pawn and second-hand sites
Pepper spray, legal online sales of pepper spray, capsaicin sprays, etc
Personal or business coaching seminars, online training, recurring billing
Prepaid phone cards, international calling cards, family to inmate calling programs
Prepaid debit card affiliate payout programs
Pseudo pharmaceuticals: If legal and claims are appropriate- for example, a weightlifting supplement manufactured with a GMP certificate or similar.
Self-help courses, online courses, motivational seminars, or MLM event ticket sales: straight sale, recurring, or trial
SEO consulting, recurring billing, web and software design, web marketing
Sex toys and adult dolls
Skin care creams and serums: trials, straight sales, and continuity
Software, SaaS: trials, straight sales, and continuity
Surveillance, electronics, PI and “spy” gear
Trial offers: startups preferred- must be legal, and ethical. Supplements, skincare, software.
Tax negotiating and property-tax assessment dispute services
Teeth whitening: continuity or straight sale
Tobacco, loose tobacco or cigars sold online
Trial offers- for software and some physical products (challenging to place and often require a substantial history)
Web hosting, annual payments, monthly recurring
Weight loss products and supplements: straight sale, or recurring
Workout Supplements, excluding SARMs, peptides. Supplements must be legal where sold and with GMP certificate- recurring OK.
Contact us anytime for specific advice on your business
Contact us anytime, even with general questions; we are always happy to help a fellow e-commerce warrior regardless of whether or not they are a current client or prospect. The list above is in not necessarily in any particular order because many of these industries can go by many different names.
This list may not remain perfectly accurate and may change at any time without notice; it is intended as general information only. The regulatory status of the items above may change at any time. You should consult a qualified attorney before pursuing any endeavor, especially one that markets highly regulated products.
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