Thinking of using shopify.com for an online store? Stay away from using their default service, Stripe, for credit card processing.
September 30, 2014
Remember the movie Gremlins? TOTAL 80’s classic horror story. Having the cute and lovable Gizmo as a pet seems like a good idea at first. That is, if you can deal with his problems. Well, how bad can they be?
Oh I don’t know, you throw a little water on him and he starts tripping balls, disgusting boils pop out of his back, and you’re left with the demon mutant gremlin named Stripe who sets out to destroy your city on Christmas for example.
Yes, Stripe. For those of you who didn’t know that was his name 1) Shame on you – check IMDB and 2) Does this story totally remind you of using Shopify? Well it should.
Shopify.com has fast become one of the most popular ecommerce platforms and one that you should totally whip out of your back pocket. But in using it, you obviously need a payment processing system and this particular platform suggests that you use their default service called “Shopify Payments: Powered by Stripe.”
Friends, you may as well buy a maguey and dump water all on him, because the problems you’ll face with THIS Stripe are waaaaaay worse than any gremlin.
Stripe’s terms and conditions have a list of unaccepted businesses and first on that list is…drum roll please… “Online or other non-face-to-face tobacco, e-cigarette sales, or related items (such as personal vaporizers or e-juice).”
Recently on Reddit, a professional from B&M reported that Shopify’s POS system (Stripe), shut down every vape shop without warning – making the companies scramble to find other alternatives. Over a hundred comments flowed from other pissed off merchants who ran into the same kind of things.
So how do you have Gizmo (ie Shopify) without the fear of Stripe (the non-gremlin version)?
Switch from using Shopify’s default setting to a payment gateway. You can either ask your webmaster to do this with your merchant account, or if you want to work with Total-Apps, call customer service and they’ll walk you through the process.
Don’t lose sight of the big picture. Shopify is a great tool when you use it wisely. So what have we learned here today? A) Don’t let a maguey get wet and B) BEWARD. OF. STRIPE.