Credit card processing for online head shops
Tower Payments makes credit card processing easier for online head shops and glassware sites. In recent years, we’ve seen a definite increase in demand for pipe and glassware merchant accounts, not only in the United States but also in Canada.
Why? As consumer interest has increased, so has the number of online head shops and pipe and glassware sites. The million-dollar question is – how do you affordably take credit card payments on a head shop site in a way that easily integrates with your shopping cart? Luckily, we have the answers.
Was your online head shop declined by Shopify Payments, Stripe, or PayPal?
There are hundreds of credit card processing solutions in the US. Some are head shop friendly, like Tower Payments; some are less so, like Shopify Payments, Stripe, or PayPal.
Tower Payments will help you accept credit cards on your paraphernalia site and provide you with clear information every step of the way and fair, clear upfront pricing. You can read more about who we are and what we do on our About Us page.
Right off the bat, we want to encourage you to do your research before signing up for a Shopify Payments, Stripe, or PayPal account. Unless you have done your research and are convinced you are not violating their acceptable use policies, you are, depending on your product, putting your business at risk. After reading online forums and discussing Stripe and PayPal’s policies with experienced site owners, many savvy online head shop owners come to a similar conclusion: “I need high-risk payment processing.”
If you’re selling bongs, hookahs, or other smoking paraphernalia online, you’re in a high-risk business category. Since you usually won’t undergo a full upfront underwriting process with Stripe or PayPal in the same way a high-risk processor performs their underwriting, signing up with a low-risk provider often means your credit card processing account will end up frozen or shut down. As a result, your ability to process credit cards will effectively go up in smoke (sorry, we couldn’t resist).
Ultimately, you don’t want your credit card processing to hold you and your head shop site back, and you also want to save money wherever possible. In short, how do you make credit card processing as easy and affordable as possible for your online pipe and glassware shop? By choosing the right provider.
Launch your head shop site and process credit cards
When an e-commerce site owner is just starting, it’s all too easy to go with whatever credit card processing option is available. After all, it’s tough to find a good way to process credit card payments online for high-risk businesses. It’s particularly tricky when you’re entirely new to e-commerce payment processing.
You want to ensure that your customers can easily find and purchase your bongs, hookahs, pipes, and paraphernalia. Justifiably, as you’re starting up, you’ll also want to prioritize finding a site builder or e-commerce platform that works for a high-risk business type. Unfortunately, many end up skimming past the credit card processing side of the business. After all, as long as you can accept credit card payments, all is well, right?
Credit card processing for pipe and glassware sites
Of course, if you’re able to process credit card payments for your bong or glass pipe site, you’ll get your business off the ground and up and running even if your processing costs too much. However, what most people find out down the road is that they’re paying quite a lot more for their credit card processing than they have to.
As your business grows, you’ll come to realize that a considerable percentage of your money goes to processing. Start-ups sometimes pay a little more as the risk to the processor is higher – but if your online head shop is processing thousands or millions of dollars in credit cards – you should be paying a very reasonable rate.
Tower Payments combines honest pricing with human support
With Tower, online paraphernalia sites receive fair, low rates and one-on-one personal support from a real person. We will assign you a personal point of contact and be there for you for as long as you sell online. That’s a promise, and our track record backs it up.
We want you to be aware that you don’t have to pay more than necessary. You’ll find that we can save you money on credit card processing for your pipe and glassware site. We’ve helped many head shop site owners with their high-risk credit card processing. As a result, we’re able to reduce costs while handling both start-ups and high-growth, high-volume online sales.
Prepare for high-volume sales: head shop products
When your e-commerce site has grown, you’ll find that there’s a massive market for glass and pipes in North America and a growing acceptance of the industry.
At Tower Payments, we specialize in providing credit card processing for high-risk e-commerce sites. We do this while offering fair prices with upfront costs, and, again, you’ll always have a real person helping you with any support you need. We’ve had great success in saving large, American, and Canadian paraphernalia website owners a fortune on their processing costs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, even if you’re only exploring your alternatives and would like a quote.
Shopping carts that work best for head shop sites
To start with, we want to highlight a couple of platforms and carts that work for head shops. However, before we discuss them in detail, it’s important to note that many other shopping carts and platforms work very well for high-risk e-commerce. All the carts and platforms we list on our site can integrate with our credit card processing and should work for high-risk businesses – but you still must read all terms and conditions yourself. Also, we recommend seeking the advice of a qualified lawyer before selling paraphernalia online.
In our experience, too often, head shops can be tempted to go for any payment processing that works instantly – regardless of whether it’s efficient or reasonably priced. That doesn’t need to be the case anymore. We want to give you the support you need when you need it. Not only that, but we will set up credit card processing for you while giving you fair, honest, and affordable rates. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote – we offer clear and upfront terms, so you know what you’re getting.
For now, let’s take a look at one all-in-one platform that fits the bill for head shop e-commerce and then look at an open-source cart solution. Some site builders, like Wix, require some extra knowledge to become head shop friendly.
Shopify is an excellent all-in-one platform
If you’ve been in the e-commerce environment, even for a short time, you’ve no doubt come across Shopify. It’s among the more prominent e-commerce platform brands out there – and for a good reason. One great aspect is that Shopify works well for high-risk online sales.
Like BigCommerce or Wix, Shopify offers an overall excellent experience when creating your store and makes it easy to design and manage your site. However, if you’re planning on using Shopify as the platform for your head shop, you should know that their out-of-the-box payment system, Shopify Payments, likely isn’t ideal for you.
When using Shopify to sell bong and head shop paraphernalia, you should carefully read all terms and conditions before using their in-house solution – Shopify Payments. Many site owners have reported having issues with their allowed-use policies. The good news, on the other hand, is that we have plenty of experience integrating our credit card processing services with Shopify. We’ll be able to set it all up for you and have you ready to process credit card payments for your head shop in no time.
You can get in touch with us here for a quote or to start accepting credit cards. We look forward to helping your online business grow!
WooCommerce is an excellent open-source solution
A great e-commerce solution for head shop site owners is WooCommerce. Unlike Shopify, WooCommerce is a WordPress shopping cart and is open-source software. While both are excellent choices for high-risk product sales, they do have different strengths.
WooCommerce is an excellent fit for high-risk e-commerce for several reasons. One of the main reasons that it works so well is that WooCommerce is open-source. Being open-source means a lot of things, but the main takeaway is that WooCommerce isn’t tied to the same red tape that Shopify needs to operate within. For example, once you get WooCommerce up and running on your site, it’s effectively yours to do with as you see fit – within reason, of course.
Another great feature of the WordPress/WooCommerce combination is that we can set up your credit card processing for you quickly. This means that you can easily use WooCommerce for your head shop site while we provide you with fair, honest pricing for your processing. In addition, we make it exceptionally straightforward for your customers to pay for your bongs and other head shop paraphernalia on your site using any major credit card.
Remember, we want to be a partner to your business and help you succeed. To help achieve this, we always offer transparent, upfront terms as well as above-and-beyond support when and where you need it. When you get in touch with us, there will always be another human on the other side – ready to assist. Please feel free to contact us here if you’d like to get started or would like a quote.
Wix, Magento, and more
Although Shopify and WooCommerce are by far the biggest players in the US when it comes to online head shop website builders, there are plenty of other solutions that Tower Payments works with. Check out our carts, site builders, & plug-ins for high-risk websites page to learn about our paraphernalia credit card processing options for Wix, BigCommerce, Magento, and dozens of other shopping carts, plug-ins, and website builders.
Credit card processing for online head shop dropshippers
Suppose you dropship bongs and head shop products, like grinders and pipes, from a reputable North American fulfillment company. In that case, you should not have to struggle to find high-risk credit card processing that is affordable and easy to integrate.
Let Tower Payments help your dropshipping head shop website accept credit cards online. Contact us anytime for a high-risk merchant account that works perfectly with your online head shop.
Set up credit card processing for your glassware site today
As we mentioned earlier, very few of those who are just launching their online head shop or bong and paraphernalia site take the time to focus on finding “the best” credit card processing solution for online head shops. This doesn’t have to be the case.
Payment processing for American websites and Canadian head shops too
We are headquartered in the USA and work with hundreds of American businesses, but that’s not the entire story. As a business based in Northern New England, we not only help US head shops sell online but also assist Canadian website owners with low-cost, easily set-up credit card processing so they can offer their smoking paraphernalia in a stable, secure way.
We can help start-up head shop sites too
If you’re a new business, that’s okay. Reach out to us – we’re more than happy to help you with your processing and talk you through your options. If you have a specific e-commerce platform in mind, like Shopify or WooCommerce, for example, you’re in good hands. We’re very familiar with how to integrate our merchant services with all major shopping carts and site builders. We’ll set you up and, if you like, can even test the credit card processing to make sure you’re all set to let your e-commerce site grow and prosper.
If you’ve already set up credit card processing but you’re wondering whether you might be able to save money and get better service, get in touch. We can integrate our credit card processing for you regardless of which platform or site builder you’re using. We’ll be able to help you with your high-volume sales for bongs, hookahs, glassware, and various paraphernalia.
Online payments for cannabis equipment and supplies
In addition to providing payment processing to internet head shops selling bongs, pipes, and glassware, we offer credit card processing to businesses that sell cannabis processing equipment and growing supplies too.
Businesses that sell commercial cannabis extraction machinery, distillation equipment, or wholesale supplies like smell-proof bags face additional challenges when looking to accept credit card payments online. In addition to selling commonly restricted items, business-to-business suppliers often have a higher-than-average “ticket” (sale amount) which increases the scrutiny that payment processors put them under.
Tower Payments offers full-service, affordable credit card processing to commercial, wholesale, and retail websites that sell cannabis production equipment or packaging. Contact us any time to get started.
Let us provide credit card processing for your head shop
At Tower Payments, we specialize in efficiently and effectively helping head shop businesses like yours process credit card payments online. So don’t fall for the temptation of “instant set-up” processing. There is no reason to face the higher risk of a payment shut down by PayPal, Shopify Payments, or Stripe when a far more stable alternative is readily available to you.
Be ready to meet the growing demand for your online head shop products with a high-risk merchant account that can handle your high-volume sales today.
Simply get in touch with us. We look forward to helping your high-risk business thrive and giving you fairly priced, upfront rates and service with a smile!