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Our experience as an online retailer accepting Bitcoins so far (Hint: It's been great!)

Hey ya'll!
I thought I'd share our experience accepting Bitcoin on our online retail site. As an merchant, perhaps you guys would like to hear our side of the story and how it's been taking orders so far. We're an online headshop and sell glass smoking products via our website: http://smokecartel.com
Background
Originally a small group of guys who wanted to go into business, we launched our online headshop via Shopify because we were annoyed with the high prices of our competitors and the long shipping times from popular international competitors. We wanted to offer high quality products that were made locally or by skilled glass artists right here in the USA.
A Promising Start
We pulled out the works for our website, 360 degree product views, demo videos, a special light table setup for the product shots, a web designer, etc. Months of work later, and our website looked awesome (personal opinion, you might very well hate it)! We double and triple checked everything and set off! A modest advertising budget to start, we ran a couple ads (some on reddit).
Payment Gateway Trouble
We ran into our first troubles after just 2 orders. Our payment processor deactivated our account because they said we violated their policies by offering smoking products. First off, we were irritated that they even have a right to take a stand on this issue, but there wasn't much we could do. As an online merchant, you're at the whim of your payment gateway. Shopify suggested finding an alternative payment gateway, so while we began the applications, we were unable to accept orders. Meanwhile, for the orders we did get, it took 5-7 days for us to receive the funds in our bank account.
Bitcoin to the Rescue
We had to think fast, our ads were still running and visitors were trying to order with no luck. They were mad and were were losing customers fast! We couldn't use Paypal and other payment methods because they were had policies against our industry. We put our heads together and someone said "Oh! Why don't we just accept Bitcoin?" A little research later revealed it was actually painless to accept Bitcoin via BitPay and they'd convert directly to USD. Even better, they'd do it at a far cheaper rate that the credit card processors and we'd get a payout in a day rather than 5-7. What a no-brainer. We immediately added Bitcoin checkout as an option and retargeted our marketing strategy. We offered $20 off any order of $100 or more for those paying with Bitcoin.
Orders came rolling in! We couldn't be happier with our faster payments and always being able to accept it!
Today
It took about two weeks for us to finish and finalize our payment gateway paperwork and to begin accepting credit cards again. We're now accepting both credit cards and Bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies. Without Bitcoin, we would have wasted our advertising budget as well as lost numerous customers. BitPay integrated so well with Shopify and makes paying easy!
TL:DR - Credit card processor bans our account, leaves us stranded. Bitcoin saves the day. Credit cards suck.
By the way, if anyone is interested, even though the campaign isn't running anymore, I've reactivated our coupon code for $20 off $100 for you guys. PERMANENTLY. Use the coupon: BITCOIN
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New here... I'm looking for a hassle-free payments processor/shopping cart. My brain is mushed... Please help.

I don't even know where to start to explain my woes, but basically, I want a simple hosted solution. The payment processor can be the host or I can purchase separate hosting. ...I think.
I've looked at these so far:
-Shopify, only accepts credit card as payment, so No.
-WooCommerce, looks like it could work for the long run, but seeing that I have no clue how to build a simple website, it's currently a No.
-WP eCommerce plugin, can probably figure it out, but, again, no web building skills, needs hosting?
-Prestashop, looks like I could wrap my brain around it eventually. But I think I need separate hosting.
-Ecwid, I built a shop easily. Prices seem on point. Have an interview scheduled Monday. Still think I need separate hosting.
-Stripe, successes? complaints...?
-Selz, looks new, although looks like it could work.
-3dCart, looks promising, do I still need separate hosting?
-BitPay, definitely going to add this to the shopping cart I choose.
Now, that being noted, let me explain what I would like to see my website accomplish:
-I need to list 5, maybe 10 products maximum.
-I would like to be able to accept Credit/Debit Cards, Bitcoin, and Amazon Payments.
-The maximum price on any product will not exceed $20.
-I would like to be able to offer coupons.
I'm sure there's more, but I just want to get my site up for the world to view and hopefully purchase some products from me.
TL;DR There are too many payment processors for me to understand which one fits my business plan. I need help.
UPDATE: For those interested, I have chosen to go with Stripe/Ecwid as my payment processoshopping cart. I have been in contact with a childhood friend who now works in the webdev industry and has helped build many major corporate websites for the outdoor gear industry, and he gave my rough draft site a run through and says everything is smooth, legit, and PCI compliant. So, at least I got that going for me. Once I launch the final copy, I will update again.
Oh, and, we're using Square for in-person transactions.
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The power of bitcoin black friday. Last 8 months my bitcoin strategy was an A4 print. It's now 4am, and I have a web shop.

I mentioned this back in february, as well. Throwing in bitcoin acceptance at the local Farmer's Market with our family business. Back then.. and now.
We needed an invoice system anyway, why not add a whole webshop while I'm at it? The old system of handwritten bills and bank transfers were getting old as volume have picked up lately, but worried it might be a bunch of work it have been postponed.
Fast forward to last night. I started at 22pm, "just to have something to show for this year's black friday event". Right about now I feel like it's 'close enough' to call it a day, after surprisingly few hours of goofing around. Just picking up a Shopify account is a seriously nice experience, with no previous ventures in e-commerce.
This (well integrated storefront + bitcoin) is definitely something I'd be happy to recommend anyone looking into doing business, if nothing else than to take for a spin just because it's so damn easy..
Now for the bad news: money is frictionless, but exporting foodstuffs are.. a bit more complicated. Curently only shipping to Norway, if anyone bother to look into the product, it's $15/Kg off sauna smoked meats with BLKFRDY coupon. This might sound like an extremely good deal, until you realize that ✓Small scale, ✓Hand made, ✓Single estate, ✓Organic, ✓Sauna smoked, ✓Traditional, ✓Norwegian meat are pretty expensive to begin with...
I'll throw in some pictures tomorrow morning, but feel free to ask if there is anything you'd like to know.
EDIT: First shipment's looking good!
EDIT #2: Promised some pictures, even got a bonus radio interview!
This is where the meat gets its flavor. Real smoke.
Wintertime smokery
Smoked meats makes summer better.
It's not quite alpine farming, but.. Hills & happy cows. & piggies
In case you missed it, Bonus radio piece.. This was all over NRK radio channels last month..
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Looking for a hassle-free payment processor/shopping cart. Tried asking r/ecommerce. Got no love. Please help.

First, let me explain what I would like to see my website accomplish:
I'm sure there's more, but I just want to get my site up for the world to view and hopefully purchase some products from me.
I don't even know where to start to explain my woes, but basically, I want a simple hosted solution. The payment processor can be the host or I can purchase separate hosting. ...I think.
I've looked at these so far:
-Onepager, I like the one page idea, but the merchant can only accept paypal.
-WooCommerce, looks like it could work for the long run, but seeing that I have no clue how to build a simple website, it's currently a No.
-WP eCommerce plugin, can probably figure it out, but, again, no web building skills, needs hosting?
-Prestashop, looks like I could wrap my brain around it eventually. But I think I need separate hosting.
-Ecwid, I built a shop easily. Prices seem on point. Have an interview scheduled Monday. Still think I need separate hosting.
-Stripe, successes? complaints...?
-Selz, looks new, although looks like it could work.
-Shopify, only accepts credit card as payment from the merchant, so No.
-3dCart, looks promising, do I still need separate hosting?
-BitPay, definitely going to add this to the shopping cart I choose.
I have hosting through Namecheap.
TL;DR There are too many payment processors for me to understand which one fits my business plan. I need help.
UPDATE: For those interested, I have chosen to go with Stripe/Ecwid as my payment processoshopping cart. I have been in contact with a childhood friend who now works in the webdev industry and has helped build many major corporate websites for the outdoor gear industry, and he gave my rough draft site a run through and says everything is smooth, legit, and PCI compliant. So, at least I got that going for me. Once I launch the final copy, I will update again.
Oh, and, we're using Square for in-person transactions.
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What I learned thanks to Bitcoin Black Friday 2014

So as a few of you may know I assisted Jon with the latest Bitcoin Black Friday. I was mostly looking for and contacting bitcoin accepting merchants.
The biggest lesson I learned?
There are bitcoin accepting merchants and there are bitcoin "accepting" merchants.
We all hailed Shopify's move to allow bitcoin transactions. It opened up a whole new plethora of vendors who could then easily begin accepting bitcoin. And quite a few did so.
The only problem (and this isn't unique to Shopify) is so many bitcoin "accepting" merchants did the absolute bare minimum in order to begin accepting bitcoin. How many of us did some Black Friday browsing and came across a site that had no mention of bitcoin until you're at Step 5 of checkout? Until AFTER you've given them your name, email, address, phone number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, first grade teacher, etc. I've got half a dozen emails in my inbox because I went all the way to that last step only to find out they don't actually accept bitcoin. "We noticed you failed to complete your purchase. Here is a coupon for 10% off and a handy link to your cart!".
I'd be sooo damn happy if come next year this was a thing of the past. That bitcoin "accepting" merchants got their sh!t together and at least put up a "Bitcoin Accepted Here" at the bottom of their main page, alongside paypal, visa, mastercard, etc.
The other side of the coin? Merchants like MixedTees. Go ahead and take a look at their site if you haven't already. I'll wait.
Amazing, right? SIX mentions of bitcoin on the front page, 'above the fold'! And it doesn't look like shit! I wish I had a damned award I could give MixedTees for having the best bitcoin branding on Black Friday. Just phenomenal. There is absolutely no debate about whether or not MixedTees wants your bitcoin, and I can't wait for the day when all bitcoin "accepting" merchants do likewise.
In conclusion, are you a bitcoin "accepting" merchant? Is a friend or favorite business a bitcoin "accepting" merchant? Well then please, take it upon yourself to help rectify the situation. Get that graphic up on the website. Make it easy for bitcoiners to see that they're welcome to shop with you. At the very least please list bitcoin alongside all those other payment options you accept.
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Another Bitcoin Black Friday post.

I used the idea of free advertising to convince my Mom to accept Bitcoin on the Shopify Jewelry store I put together for her. (ladybirdcharmbeads.com) most products are already 40%off, but use the coupon code: "Black Friday" to get another 10%off. Happy shopping today, I think this could be really great for adoption.
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