Visa and Mastercard continue to deny service to retailers who offer Kratom, CBD. So it’s beginning, the beginning of something huge. Though these credit card processing shutdowns have been going on for a couple years now.
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Whats different in this case is we are not just a web based business. Ark Smoke Shop has a physical location with over 5 years of sustainable growth and impact on the community as a whole.
For Visa And Mastercard to decide they no longer want to participate with kratom and cbd transactions are fair however there should be fair notice don’t you think?
On May 3rd, 2018, I believe it was a Wednesday. I received a call on our business phone line and it was a woman asking if we sold kratom and or cbd. Mind you I was swamped in store at this point. I figured it’s a customer inquiry no big deal, so I replied “Yes, we do have kratom and cbd” which her response was “is the owner available to speak” my question was who’s asking?
She claimed she was from high risk department of merchant services (First Data Payment) and that my account will be shutdown in-store and online for carrying these life saving plant based products. No warning, no appeal options. I asked ofcourse why can’t I just remove them, and she replied “we have no way to verify your inventory”
Visa And Mastercard
Fair enough but it gets worse… I attempt to try other company’s and I got denied over and over again. It turns out I was placed on a list for (do not do business with) just for carrying kratom and cbd products. Very strange
So I dig deeper talk with professionals in the industry and it turns out there are a lot of company’s popping up left and right selling bad kratom or cbd which are harming people and sometimes worse. I understand this to be pretty serious however, if you purchase from reputable establishments who take pride in their work, customer service and quality overall then you’ll be fine.
If the price is too good to be true then it is. It costs real money to test these products when they arrive from over seas, so yes when you purchase cheap kratom or cbd you are taking the risk of possibly harming yourself or a loved one all for the sake of saving a buck, it’s not worth it.
I’ve sold kratom and cbd for 5 years now and had been able to use vista and mastercard for payments in store and online www.ArkSmokeShop.com. I take my suppliers very seriously, I care about quality products not hype or price because these products work if used properly and guided by experienced individuals like myself on others on youtube who share their experiences.
I know first hand these products are safe when used properly, there are no adverse long term or short term effects of either kratom or cbd when used properly, however if kratom is abused you will build a tolerance and become dependent if you allow.
In all honesty its the powerful medicine companys out there fighting back against products that are natural and safe. The ban on these products failed a couple years back, so now they are coming after small merchants like myself for effectively sharing the holistic healing plants that mother nature provides.
I was specifically told if I remove these from my store and website then maybe I can get a account to accept credit and debit cards in the shop and on the website www.ArkSmokeShop.com. It’s insane how visa and mastercard could be so haste in the decision of account termination.
Difficult Times we live in now, hard to believe that in 2018 the powers that be can still tell us what we can and can not put in our bodies including when the facts are clear as day (they are losing profits big time)
My store and website may no longer be able to accept visa credit/debit cards but it’s ok because these products are Legal throughout the nation, I have setup multiple alternative payment options in store and online which are working now.
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