How to set up credit card payments on your tactical website
Setting up payment gateways and merchant processing for the first time can be overwhelming for anybody, let alone for e-commerce website owners selling regulated, or commonly misunderstood, items like tactical and survival gear.
If you’re trying to become a tactical gear dealer, you might already have heard about some potential red tape and stumbling blocks that others have faced. From finding reliable payment processing to meeting the various applicable regulations, “high-risk” online merchants can often end up feeling overwhelmed before they’re even out of the gate.
Luckily, we can help. A+ rated, and BBB accredited, Tasker Payment Gateways LLC helps businesses that are often considered “off limits,” by processors and gateways. We’ve been providing honest e-commerce advice, payment gateways, and merchant account recommendations since 2002.
At Tasker Payment Gateways, we specialize in helping many different types of high-risk merchants get up and running smoothly. This is why we’ve put together some basic steps for how you can accept credit cards and become a tactical gear dealer. Below you’ll find a basic outline of some steps you’ll need to take in order to start accepting payments online.
If you’re ready to set up a high-risk payment gateway for your online tactical gear store, feel free to reach out to us. You can contact us here or through our contact form, which you can find at the end of this page.
How to find a suitable platform for your tactical e-commerce site
Before you set up an e-commerce site, you’ll need to decide what e-commerce platform or site builder you want to use. For example, Wix, Shopify, WordPress/WooCommerce, or BigCommerce. It might seem like a simple or inconsequential decision, but there are a few critical aspects that come into play when accepting payments for tactical or prepper gear online:
- Are there any product category restrictions?
- What payment gateway do you need for selling high-risk products on the platform?
- Will it be easy to create the site you have in mind?
- Do you need a platform that offers third-party integrations?
The answers to these questions, and how they fit together, can make a big difference in how easy it will be for you to run your tactical e-commerce site. Let’s run an example and go through the checklist for Shopify:
- Yes, there are some high-risk product restrictions.
- You need to integrate Authorize.Net for high-risk product sales and make sure it is high-risk friendly on the back end.
- Yes, it’s a simple template-based platform which allows for easy site creation.
- If yes, Shopify offers third-party integrations via their App store, although integrations are limited when compared to open source solutions.
Shopify can be an excellent platform for tactical and survival gear sites. It’s template-based and allows you to build your website with considerable ease. Of course, it’s one of many alternatives and does have some drawbacks. For example, extra fees might be charged for using a third party payment gateway, as opposed to Shopify Payments which is usually incompatible with high-risk e-commerce.
What about Wix?
Wix an excellent choice from an ease-of-use perspective, since you won’t need to invest a lot in developer costs. As a full-featured platform, it makes it easy for you to have a great-looking, professional website. The good news is that, while there are some product restrictions, you can sell high-risk products on Wix when integrating Authorize.Net. Although, as of Spring 2019, you will need to use a third party cart to integrate Authorize.Net and high-risk processing. You can read more about the changes to Wix and high-risk payments here.
There’s also WooCommerce and BigCommerce, both of which are excellent alternatives for tactical site owners. However, the decision really depends on your particular circumstances. If you’re curious to hear our take, you can always contact us so we can look at your business needs more in-depth.
Use a high-risk merchant account for your tactical goods
Once you’ve settled on a website builder or platform, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to process payments. Since your site will most likely be in the high-risk category when you become a tactical gear dealer, there are quite a few things to keep in mind. After all, site owners who sell tactical products often experience challenges, such as potential conflicts with various local or federal regulations.
Regulations are particularly essential to keep in mind if you sell military tactical gear or weapons online. Unfortunately, this means that many standard merchant accounts and more common payment aggregators (like PayPal or Stripe) are often less likely to do the trick.
Always read a processor’s allowed use policy before investing time and money into a new site. Not all site builders work with all payment gateways – this means you could end up spending months on a new site that does not integrate with a payment gateway that allows tactical sales.
A high-risk merchant account is one of the most essential tools of the trade when it comes to your online tactical gear store. They are by far the better option for you, especially since you’re in a high-risk business type. They are much more adept at dealing with fraud issues, mitigating chargebacks, and handling high-risk sales efficiently. However, it’s not always easy to find the right high-risk merchant account provider. You’ll need to find a reliable provider that’s well equipped to handle your high-risk business type. Contact us any time for a recommendation.
We have plenty of experience helping high-risk site owners integrate merchant services with their site builder of choice. Feel free to reach out to us at any time if you need help. Even if you’re not quite “there” yet, we’re more than happy to lend a hand. You can read more about us, and how we work here.
Find a payment gateway for your tactical and survival gear site
You’ll also need to find a high-risk payment gateway that’s both familiar and comfortable with high-risk businesses. Additionally, your payment gateway needs to integrate with high-risk processing, as well as the site builder you’ve chosen. This is one of the most common pitfalls we see when it comes to setting up an online store for the first time. It’s an invaluable step when you want to become an online tactical gear dealer. You can read about payment gateways and high-risk sales here.
New tactical site owners can often be a little over-eager when starting out and can end up settling for credit card processing services that won’t work in the long run. Often the services that seem great at first simply won’t work for their business type later on.
Authorize.Net is an excellent payment gateway that we often recommend for our high-risk clients. It works efficiently and reliably when set up correctly. It’s well suited for a wide range of high-risk businesses, including online vape stores, FFL to FFL merchants, premium cigars, and tactical e-commerce sites of course. That said, it’s crucial that you set Authorize.Net up correctly from the get-go when you become a tactical gear dealer. We can help set it up correctly for high-risk back-end processing from the start. Not to mention that we can help you integrate both your merchant account and payment gateway with your e-commerce platform.
We offer personal support in addition to the 24-7 support provided by Authorize.Net for both established and start-up high-risk businesses alike. Simply get in touch for some free advice, and we’ll be able to start helping you accept credit cards as soon as possible.
Get expert help for your online tactical store credit card sales
While we’ve given you a few examples above, there are plenty more options available for tactical and survival gear e-commerce sites. There’s a great deal that goes into the process of becoming a tactical gear dealer. For example, there are some unique logistic and regulatory aspects to keep in mind when selling non-lethal weapons and military tactical gear. Of course, if you change any variable such as site builder/platform, merchant account(s), or payment gateway, other parts of the system you’ve put in place will then be affected.
All of this can become overwhelming for anyone who’s not familiar with high-risk payments. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help. We have years of experience in providing high-risk online merchants with excellent advice and solutions. Combined with our relationships with vetted providers, when it comes to setting up your tactical online store, we can help no matter what stage of the process you’re at.
You can always reach us through our contact form below. Remember, getting in touch with us comes without any commitment. We’re here to help your online tactical and survival gear store with the information it needs to start processing credit cards and really begin to thrive.