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About a 20% hold and the payment alternatives

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So I started dropshipping last year and started succeeding towards the end of December.


I have literally one charge-back, which I can argue isn't really my fault but a customer who simply filed one as soon as he could, Klarna more or less automatically taking his side with little interest in what I had to say, despite trying to communicate with both them and the customer (and failing).


Something triggers a hold on my store two days ago and I get a review. I provide all the necessary info and such, and I still get a 20% hold because apparently all "dropshippers are an increased risk" and "we've seen a risk of charge-backs in your account".


This... is an overreaction to say the least, but I've appealed to reason and asked to provide context about the single charge-back, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully they'll listen to reason.


Now, my question is actually about the payment options. I had Klarna... I think "Klarna Merchant" enabled for a short while, and a Shopify support worker (Sven) informed me that it was unwise to have that and Shopify's own payment processor enabled at the same time, since both take out a percentage of the revenue. He said I paid an extra 2% or so because of this.


Anyway, in the latest e-mail I got from the Shopify "risk department" (legal department?), there was something about payment options.


Am I understanding this correct and I can enable "Klarna Merchant", Klarna's own payment option, and run that exclusively, and disable "Shopify Payments"? The e-mail said that this option would allow the store to 'get around' the 20% hold, which implies it's permitted, possibly even encouraged. That's somewhat acceptable if that's the case.


Any answers appreciated. Hoping to resolve this soon. Regards, JM

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Update: It seems enabling another payment processor (Klarna) and disabling Shopify Payments works. But now I have to get another payment processor if I decide to sell outside of Sweden (and other Klarna-positive countries).


I still don't understand how it's permitted to force people off Shopify Payments for, yes, a single charge-back. The reasoning from the e-mail I got was clear. "You're a dropshipper, therefore we don't trust you. You have a history of charge-backs so we're holding 20% of your revenue for 90 days".


Someone please tell me if it's supposed to be this way?

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Yes, I agree to the Shopify about having 2 payment processors at the same time, but getting 20% on hold just because of a single chargeback is heartbreaking.

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