Smoking Accessories businesses in a storefront location with a merchant account usually operate without any problems from their payment processor. However, merchants that are trying to establish an online e-commerce store will need the ability to accept CNP (card not present) transactions. Not all payment processors can offer these services, including processors that accept retail brick-and-mortar tobacco merchants.
Smoke shops are not the only type of smoking industry that requires specialized credit card processing services. Merchants operating smoke shops, selling glass pipes, hookahs and other types of paraphernalia will also need a specialized account. Merchants that are operating an online smoke shop need to be set up with a merchant account designed for their industry.
As the trends of smoking continue to change, the types of smoking products and accessories sold in smoke shops needs to evolve and follow the demand of their customers. What was once simply papers and pipes has become hookahs, e-juices, and electronic cigarettes. Partnering with a merchant service company in the tobacco industry will help businesses weather any disruptions or regulations that would otherwise hinder their accounts.