The consumer interest in body building supplements has really seen a huge surge over the past decade. What was once the classic GNC-type protein shakes and powders are now a new breed of supplements. Not all these products you find online are legal, so we implore you to do your research before attempting to start a business or purchase these products for personal use. Performance Card Service only supports merchants that sell legal products, so we recommend ensuring each product you offer is legal before contacting one of our experts.

The two most popular classes of body building supplements found online are SARMs and peptides.

Selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, are a class of androgen receptor ligands. They are intended to have the same kind of effects as androgenic drugs but are more selective in their actions. This allows them to be utilized for more uses than the relatively limited legitimate uses of anabolic steroids. Since most SARMs are taken orally rather than injected, they have become much more popular with body builders over the years. SARMs merchants need to be sure they are working with legit and trustworthy partners to ensure their money is safe but more importantly, their product is safe for consumers.

Peptides are considered amino acid monomers, which are linked by a peptide bond. The short acid chains are used by our body to induce the production of the growth hormone, which is already in our body, but it’s just not being released. This is a great thing for those who can’t produce that growth hormone naturally on their own. However, peptides can be deemed even more high risk than SARMs. Merchants need to be very careful regarding which products they offer to avoid legal trouble. Wholesalers that deal in these products are often based in Asia and can sometimes lack the legitimacy a merchant is seeking. Since many banks and processors consider this a prohibited business type, obtaining a merchant account can be a challenge. We recommend a merchant does extensive research on any provider it is considering signing with to help avoid loss of funds.

Our safest and primary solutions for SARMs and peptide merchants are ACH and eCheck processing. If you have had issues with check processing in the past, we can help guide you through the pros and cons of this payment form. Since we utilize several different check processors, we can often secure a provider for your business that you have not used in the past that offers better terms. We understand check processing is not as popular with customers as credit cards, but processing credit cards can come with inherent risks. We have seen dozens of SARMs and peptide merchants over the years lose money to poorly managed credit card processors that claim they can support these body building supplements, only to have their banks freeze funds and impose fines. With these risks in mind, we have partnered with other alternative payment processors such as crypto processing and eWallets that can support these products. We understand these risks and will walk you through all terms and risk factors to ensure you make the most informed decision before signing up for an account.

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