Selling bongs online: high-risk trends for glassware & pipes sales –
We have some good news to report. Selling bongs online is a lot easier than it used to be. Finding suppliers, setting up a website, and applying for a glassware friendly payment gateway is simpler than it was even a year or two ago.
In this post, we’ll look at the overall high-risk trends that affect online smoke shop businesses. We’ll look at how common bongs and pipes have become online, what you need to keep in mind before launching your own online headshop, and how to accept credit cards in a way that won’t get your account shut down.
Over the years, we’ve gained valuable insights into the high-risk e-commerce processing world. We can help you process credit cards online for your online bongs, glassware, and pipe sales by pairing you with a high-risk payment gateway. In fact, we’ll even set it up correctly for your business in the back-end of the gateway so that the processing is “smoke site friendly” too. You can read more about merchant accounts and payment gateways here.
As an A+ rated and BBB accredited business helping high-risk site owners since 2002, we can help you avoid the common mistakes that slow down so many pipe and glass businesses. You can read more about what we do, and how we do it, here.
Start on the right foot when selling bongs online
There’s been a lot of progress over the years when it comes to how easily you can set up a payment gateway and merchant account to sell bongs, glassware, pipes, and accessories online. Whether you’re selling a high volume of cheap bongs and low-cost glassware, or select high-end, fashionable artisan pipes and accessories, it’s now far easier to accept payments online.
Before we move on, we want to stress that selling pipes and bongs online is still something that must be done carefully.
If you’re selling bongs, glassware, and pipes, you must consult a qualified attorney that knows the industry and e-commerce in general. This is especially important considering that your products can be misinterpreted to facilitate recreational drug use. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply – which makes things tricky. It’s better to start out right and avoid legal issues down the road.
Having said that, selling bongs, glassware, and pipes online for tobacco use is very much possible across most of the United States and Canada. At the time of writing this article, you can generally accept credit cards for a legal online headshop selling bongs, glass pipes, vapes, or dab rigs for tobacco, aromatherapy blends, and legal concentrates (for the sake of clarity; this is not intended as legal advice or a blanket statement on legality. We do not offer legal advice, and the information we provide is only intended as a first step in your independent research).
As long as you take the necessary precautions, that is. For example, putting up age restrictions on your site is generally a requirement and a wise precaution (all customers must be at least 18 years old, different age requirements may apply depending on the state).
Bongs, pipes, and glassware are becoming commonplace
The increase in popularity of bongs and other glassware products is fairly universal across the United States and Canada. However, there’s been a greater increase in demand in states that have decriminalized recreational cannabis and have leaner regulations on tobacco products, including vaporizers and e-liquid. In fact, the high-risk trends of selling bongs online and in-store are pointing towards the products becoming very commonplace.
As an example, Barneys, the luxury designer department store, has joined in to capitalize on this high increase in demand. They’ve launched their own headshop called “High End”, which is a store-within-a-store concept, in Beverly Hills and online.
It’s not only big, established companies that are enjoying this market growth. We’re also seeing new brands grow in popularity and gain name recognition. This year alone we have worked with dozens of new online smoke shops that are rapidly growing and establishing market share.
Luckily, there’s still plenty of potential for growth and there’s no reason you can’t join in and start selling bongs online. While you’ll want to ensure that you’re on a solid legal footing, you’ll also want to make sure you have the necessary payment processing capabilities.
How to accept credit cards and sell pipes and bongs online
At Tasker Payment Gateways, we help high-risk businesses and site owners across many business types get the payment gateways they need in order to sell their products successfully. With the right payment gateway and platform combination, you’ll be able to successfully accept credit cards online for bongs, grinders and other accessories without the stress of worrying about the next merchant account shut-down notice.
There are many different platforms and payment solutions that work for glassware, pipe, and bong sales. Below is a short overview of some software that generally works for your business type:
Important: do your own research and check all your vendor’s terms and conditions carefully.
- WooCommerce for high-risk smoking accessories, pipes, and glassware
- X-Cart payment gateways for glass and pipe e-commerce sites
- Shopify, BigCommerce, Wix, or Squarespace for pipes, glassware, and bongs
While these are all viable options, there are plenty more, and the big question is which one will be the best combination for your unique business. Unfortunately, it’s not really possible to give you a recommendation without knowing more about your business. Contact us anytime for a free, friendly pipe payment gateway quote.
Why do we like to take the time to learn a little about your business before making a recommendation?
For example, you might be selling products with different risk levels, or you might be selling only high-risk products. Depending on which is true, our recommendation would change substantially. Similarly, state legislation and shipping regulations can play a direct part in what works for you. However, we’re more than happy to give you some free advice and a helping hand with payment gateway and high-risk merchant account ideas. Simply get in touch with us here, and we’ll be happy to lend a hand. You can also read more about the best payment gateways for high-risk products here.
Set up a payment gateway for selling bongs online
As we’ve outlined, there are some specifics that make a big difference as to what payment gateways will work best for you. However, to give you some up-front tips, there are two primary gateways that often work best for selling bongs online: Authorize.Net and the NMI payment gateway. However, that’s only if these gateways are set up correctly for smoke shop processing on the back end. This is where our recommendations and free integration advice comes in.
Both of these gateways work great for selling smoking accessories, bongs, pipes, and glassware. They do have different benefits, so get in touch with us. We’re happy to give you some free advice and insights that will help you successfully accept credit card payments for online bong sales. You can reach us using our contact form below, or you can contact us here at any time. We look forward to helping your online headshop get the right high-risk friendly payment set-up.