High Risk Credit Card Processing For Vape Shops

As an online merchant, credit card processing is vital to the survival of your business. However, certain industries carry a greater risk than others in the eyes of merchant service providers. Unfortunately, vaping is considered one of these ‘high-risk industries’ when it comes to credit card processing.

You’ll find that many merchant service providers consider any vape shop a high-risk business. This means you may not be able to partner with certain payment processors. You might also be subject to higher transaction fees. As a small business, any limits on your ability to process credit card transactions will severely stunt your growth. 

In this post, we’ll explore high-risk credit card processing for vape shops so you know what to look for in a payment processing partner.

Why are Vapes Considered a High Risk Industry?

The vaping industry and its products are still somewhat new to the public. This is one reason vape shops are considered high-risk from a business perspective. As the industry evolves, so does the research and regulation around it.

Since there are still unanswered questions around the safety and legality of vape products, many states haven’t yet established laws and regulations around the industry. This makes it difficult to tell what the industry will look like in the long term. 

A lack of research regarding the health effects associated with vaping has also led to the industry being labeled as high-risk.

What Should You Look for in a Payment Processing Partner for Vape Shop Merchant Accounts?

BigCommerce does an excellent job covering a general list of things to keep in mind when looking for a payment processing partner, but we want to highlight two offerings that vape shops should look out for specifically.

  • Fraud and chargeback protection tools
  • The vape industry is often targeted by chargeback schemes, so it’s important to protect your business from fraudulent activity. Carefully review the fraud and chargeback protection tools offered by potential payment processing partners.

  • Customer age verification
  • The federal government has age restrictions in place for businesses processing payments for vape products. Finding a payment processor that has a system for verifying customer ages will help you meet federal regulations and many state requirements around verifying customer ages.

    You may find vape shops creating ways to avoid being labeled as a high-risk business with their payment processor, but we do not recommend this. It’s best to be honest with any payment processors you might partner with. Don’t risk losing sales or your merchant account because of inaccurate information. 

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