How to sell and buy a gun online

Nov 21, 2013

Regulations, laws, and fear have the gun purchasers and naïve individuals a bit edgy. The law-abiding citizens that have every right to bear arms are frightened by the president’s views. Lack of education causes fears and fear breeds trouble. So, if you are a business that sells guns, here are a few things to do to adhere to laws and maintain your merchant account.

You’re bouncing around

A few things to consider before you begin:

• Do you have your Federal Firearms License or FFL?

• Do you have your EIN number, also known as the Employer Identification Number?

• Are you prepared for the hold back when you start your merchant account?

• With an online firearm merchant account you can grow your gun business exponentially. Wouldn’t that be what you are after?

Hold back? What’s that?

Also known as a Reserve account, there will be an amount taken from your credit and debit card purchases daily. 1% to 9% will be deposited separately from your money. It will sit there and grow for the next three to six months. Sometimes they wait as long as a year and that can be hard on you and your business, so be prepared for the shortfall.

The money is deposited back into your account once the trial period is over. Know that there is also a rolling reserve. When one month is over you receive your money back and so on and so forth. Asking for a rolling reserve may be a lot easier on you than the longer period.

Take care of your refunds

Because of the high risk of refunds, also known as chargebacks, you will need to be extra careful with your refunds. Have a store policy in place for such an occasion. Not dealing with a refund could result in the loss of your merchant account and also being placed on the black list. If you get that far down the ladder, you won’t be able to get back on the wagon. They lock you up and throw away the key, so don’t mess up.

Getting your merchant account

Act like this was your resume for a new job. Fill out the application and then put a cover letter together as your life depended on it. Make it technical and exact. Be precise about your business and don’t leave anything out. Tell the truth from beginning to end.

The odds of getting your merchant account are far greater than if you didn’t fill it out this way. The more truthful you are, the chances will be in your favor.

In the end

You got what you needed and you could grow your business in ways you never dreamed. It is a high-risk business because of chargebacks, not because of the sales you do. You have a reserve account to consider and knowledge that you are in the high-risk merchant account area. You also will be able to get purchases twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with online sales from your website. Go grow a business.


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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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