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 products, both in the States and in Canada. As this demand 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.

Why are Stripe and PayPal not often good fits for online head shops?

Right off the bat, we want to encourage you to do your own research before signing up for a 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, most savvy online head shop owners come to a similar conclusion: “I need high-risk processing.” 

If you’re selling bongs, hookahs, or other smoking paraphernalia online, you’re in a high-risk business category. Since you won’t undergo an upfront underwriting process in the same way a high-risk processor performs their underwriting, signing up with Stripe or Paypal too often means your accounts can end up frozen or shut down. Your ability to process credit cards will effectively go up in smoke (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Not the best way to kick off any business!

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?

Launch your head shop site and process credit cards

When an e-commerce site owner is just starting out, 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 completely new to the “neighborhood.”

You want to ensure that your customers can find bongs, hookahs, pipes, and paraphernalia aplenty. 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. 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?

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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. Startups sometimes pay a little more as the risk to the processor is higher – but if your online headshop is processing tens of 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, in Canada and America alike, with their high-risk credit card processing. We’re able to reduce costs while handling high-volume 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 Canada and America and a growing acceptance of the industry. In fact, in Seattle, a group of renowned glassblowers attempted to create the most massive bong in the world! It’s certainly a testament to the growing popularity of glass paraphernalia in our society and in pop culture. In other words, you need to make sure your glass and pipe site is ready to handle what we call “high-volume sales.”

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 off 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 there are many other shopping carts and platforms that work very well for high-risk e-commerce. All the carts and platforms we list on our site will work for high-risk businesses. More importantly, we’ll be able to easily integrate our excellent high-risk friendly credit card processing with them.

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 fairly 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 the credit card processing for you while giving you fair, honest, and affordable rates. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote – we’re always offering 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.

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 bigger e-commerce platform brands out there – and for 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 systems likely aren’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, as 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 business grow!

WooCommerce is a great 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 a great fit for high-risk e-commerce for a number of reasons. One of the main underlying reasons that they work 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 for your site, it’s effectively yours to do with as you see fit.

Another great feature with the WordPress/WooCommerce combination is that we can easily set up your credit card processing for you. This means that you can easily use WooCommerce for your head shop site, while we provide you with fair, honest pricing for your processing. Making it exceptionally easy for your customers to pay for your bongs and other head shop paraphernalia on your site.

Remember, we want to be a partner to your business and help you succeed. To help achieve this, we always offer clear, 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.

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.

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 BigCommerce 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, 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. Regardless of which platform or site builder you’re using, we can integrate our credit card processing for you. We’ll be able to help you with your high-volume sales for bongs, hookahs, glassware, and various paraphernalia.

Let us provide credit card processing for your head shop

At Tower Payments, we specialize in efficiently and effectively helping high-risk businesses like you process credit card payments. Don’t fall for the temptation of “instant set up” processing. For example, you shouldn’t choose PayPal when a far more stable alternative is readily available to you. Be ready to meet the growing demand for online head shops 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 and giving you fairly priced, upfront rates and service with a smile!