Can we setup shopify payments for a liquor store in the United States

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We want to setup an online liquor store in Shopify in United States.  Does alcohol fall under prohibited business for shopify payments in United States?

Can we use for Shopify Payments for our store? Or should we go with a third party payment provider only?

Please confirm.

 

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Hi @VenkatK,

Ted here from Shopify, thanks for posting your query! 

Selling Alcohol while using Shopify Payments is allowed and is not considered to be a prohibited product. That said, every application for Shopify Payments is manually reviewed and approved so you will need to make sure that your store complies with some standard online requirements if you want to sell alcohol. 

For example, you will need to prove that you have a liquor license, an age verification feature on the store and more than likely you will need to add a disclaimer to your store. There's no exact guideline to follow as of yet, however, after you apply to join the gateway our Support Advisors or the Shopify Payments team can take a closer look into this with you. They'll be able to list the exact requirements you need to follow or submit as every location and store is different. 

If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know, I'm happy to help!

Many thanks,

Ted | Social Care @ Shopify
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Hi Ted,

We're currently setting up a Shopify store to sell wine, and also had a similar question. We saw some Shopify forums in the past that stated that alcohol sales are not permitted through Shopify Payments, and that liquor stores would have to use other means of receiving payments. (https://community.shopify.com/c/Payments-Shipping-Fulfillment/Anyone-paying-extra-2-2-9-on-Shopify-f...)

Has this changed? Are wine products now okay to sell through Shopify Payments? If so, how does the application process work for selling alcohol via Shopify Payments?

Thank you!

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Hi @winedrop,

Thanks for that! The post you linked is an old post from 2016 and the info shared no longer applies so I've removed the post. 

You are welcome to sell alcohol on both Shopify and Shopify Payments. Every Shopify Payments application is manually reviewed and approved by that team so I'd recommend making sure to follow the steps in the example I mentioned above and then wait for their reply. Every store and location is different which is why they'll need to review everything first and still have the right to reject an application as per their Terms of Service.

If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know, I'm happy to help!

Many thanks,

Ted | Social Care @ Shopify
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