Merchant Accounts for Adult Companies

Merchant Accounts for Adult Shops

The adult entertainment industry is a growing sector in the UK and offers some very lucrative opportunities for business owners in the industry. However, securing merchant services for adult shops and ecommerce stores can be difficult, as most mainstream merchant providers will view payment processing for adult shops as high risk.

At Merchant Account Service we specialise in arranging high-risk merchant accounts across a range of industries including adult shops, escort services, webcam sites and dating sites. There are some allowances, for example, if your business is exclusively selling sex toys.  This is not classed as ‘adult’ or high-risk, and instead is regarded by merchant providers as standard e-commerce, making it easier to obtain a merchant account for.

Whether your business is operating in online or face-to-face sales – or both – we can help. We are able to provide adult, escort and dating businesses with everything required to accept online card payments including a high risk payment gateway and ‘adult merchant account’.

Accepting credit cards in adult shops

Although the internet has forced decline in brick and mortar adult shops, there are still some very successful businesses out there. Most require a chip and pin machine and standard merchant account. Some combine a shop premises with an online store, accepting credit cards doesn’t have to be tricky.

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Escort merchant accounts

Finding the right merchant account or payment gateway for an escort business can be tricky, if you are simply searching with mainstream and high street banks. The industry is not only a profitable one but is expanding, and if your merchant account application is packaged correctly, you can be eligible for some great rates.

Some companies choose to accept escort payments online, allowing an element of security for both the escort themselves and the company if clients choose not to show up! To process escort card payments online businesses will require both a merchant account and a payment gateway. The merchant account authorises payments between banks, just like face to face payments. The escort payment gateway acts as a safety net to keep customers card details safe and secure.

We have seen a huge expansion in escorts accepting credit card payments face to face, allowing both security for escorts themselves and also flexibility for repeat bookings or extended time allowances. Processing card payments means that escorts no longer have to carry large amounts of cash with them after being paid, exposing them to the danger of robbery. It also allows clients to re-book or extend bookings with ease.

Most escorts choose to use portable PDQ terminals or MPOS (mobile point of sale systems) to accept credit card payments in person. These machines are compact and very discreet. They can be hired on a monthly basis for as little as £20.00.  The benefits of which include; easy accounting, time saved on trips to the bank, security and safety.

IMPORTANT – Be aware that escort websites will need to be worded correctly to be accepted for card processing. Merchant Advice Service advisors and partners will act within Visa and MasterCard guidelines and will not work with companies involved in illegal activity.

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Payment gateways for webcams and live accounts

Sourcing a secure payment gateway in an industry renowned for high levels of fraudulent transactions and chargebacks, is imperative for both genuine client safety and for repeat custom. Ensuring that your adult card processing is PCI compliant will mean that you can have an ongoing and successful relationship with your gateway and merchant account provider. Specialist advisors can help point you in the right direction.

Adult merchant services for subscriptions and memberships

Merchant accounts and payment gateways for online subscriptions, be it adult or not, experience a high level of chargebacks…why? This is due to people agreeing to a subscription then further down the line cancelling. In high-risk industries in particular, there can also be a high level of fraudulent transactions. Finding an adult payment processor for this type of business can be done through a few providers. The rates may be slightly higher than some, however providing your account application is packaged correctly the process can be relatively straight forward.

If your business operates across any of the following sectors, subject to the nature and content of the site, we can provide expert advice help you secure the best deal possible from a specialist merchant provider, so you wont be paying over the odds.

Adult content sites

Dating sites

Sex chat lines

Lap/pole dancing clubs or similar

Strip clubs

Adult saunas

Adult shops

Here are a few of the areas we have supported similar businesses in:

Payment gateways for adult shops

Payment gateways for webcams

Adult merchant service accounts

Merchant account for escort service

Adult toy merchant accounts

Merchant Accounts for online dating, including monthly memberships

Merchant accounts for chat rooms

Adult ecommerce

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Processing payments for adult businesses

Don’t pay over the odds…if you are currently accepting card payments and have transaction history, don’t get stuck with the same provider, make sure you shop around regularly. Our experts can provide a free of charge quotation, meaning that you won’t be paying more than you need to for processing card payments.

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Make a quick enquiry

Speak to us directly and get any questions you have answered. Submit your details and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Agree

Tick this box to allow Merchant Advice Service and partnering firms to contact you in relation to your enquiry and associated services. Note we do not use pre-ticked boxes or any other type of default consent. We may use the data on this form to to pass you onto an advisor who suits your specific needs. You may withdraw your consent at any given time.

We will keep record of your data and consent granted to us. Your consent will be reviewed on a five yearly basis to ensure that our relationship and the purpose of the data have not changed.

We act on requests to withdraw the information we hold on you as soon as we can.

For further information please refer to our full terms and conditions HERE.

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