EMV Acceptance: 2015 EMV Mandate

2015 EMV MandateThe major credit card companies have announced requirements for processors and merchants to accept EMV chip cards, a technology widely used in Europe and Canada and shown to reduce fraud in card-present environments. Learn what EMV changes are coming and what you can do to prepare your business. Continue reading

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American Express OptBlue

Amex OptBlueSeveral months ago American Express introduced OptBlue, which is a new pricing structure that will replace the company’s current One Point pricing for most businesses. Continue reading

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Interchange Plus Pricing IS NOT a Silver Bullet

Interchange plus does not guarantee competitive pricing or transparency.You may be in for an expensive surprise if you think interchange plus pricing guarantees low credit card processing charges. Continue reading

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The Credit Card Processing Match Game

Match Credit Card Processing RatesAllowing your current credit card processor to match a more competitive offer may sound like a good idea, but it’s a losing proposition that will cost time and money. Continue reading

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Best Credit Card Processing “Rates” — Fools’ Gold

Best Credit Card Processing RatesThe biggest mistake you can make when shopping credit card processing services is to ask a bunch of processors the fateful question, “What’s your rate?” Continue reading

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Credit Card Processor Reviews: Don’t be a Sucker

Credit Card Processor ReviewsMost credit card processor reviews aren’t worth the virtual paper they’re printed on. Before you get gouged by a so-called “five star” processor, be sure you know the motivation of the reviewer, what or whom the review is targeting, and how credit card processing fees actually work. Continue reading

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Data Breach Insurance, Prevention & Cost

Data Breach InsuranceA data breach is a serious matter, and data breach insurance may not provide much comfort. There is a lot to consider when determining if data breach insurance is beneficial for your business, and even more red tape to ensure your insurance will pay when it comes time to make a claim. Continue reading

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Free Credit Card Machine — An Expensive Proposition

Free Credit Card MachineLike the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Credit card processors recoup the cost of a free credit card machine through expensive tiered pricing and various other fees. You are virtually guaranteeing that you will overpay for credit card processing if you’re comparing processors based on which ones are willing to provide a free terminal. Continue reading

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Flat Rate Credit Card Processing – Fool’s Gold

Flat rate credit card processing Flat rate credit card processing is an expensive illusion based more on clever marketing rather than reality. What some companies advertise as competitive flat rate pricing is actually over-simplified, expensive pricing that conceals the true costs of processing. Continue reading

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Checkout Fee: Charging Credit Card Fees to Customers

Checkout Fees A recent class action lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard resulted in a settlement that allows merchants to start charging their customers a fee for using credit cards — commonly referred to as merchant surcharges or checkout fees (these terms are used throughout this article Continue reading

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Chargebacks: A Survival Guide

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The chargeback process is designed to increase consumer confidence — it’s very easy for credit card users to dispute charges, while merchants and banks have to do all of the legwork to figure out whether or not a transaction is legitimate. Continue reading

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Qualified, Mid-Qualified & Non-Qualified Credit Card Processing Rates

Qualified Mid Non RatesIf your business is paying qualified, mid-qualified and non-qualified charges to process credit cards, it’s paying too much. The key to lowering your business’s credit card processing expense is not avoiding non-qualified fees. The key is completely eliminating a processor’s qualification altogether. Continue reading

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Intuit Merchant Services = Hidden Fees & Fine Print

Intuit Merchant ServicesHidden surcharges, fine print and tiered pricing combine to make Intuit Merchant Services one of the most expensive, opaque credit card processing solutions on the market today. Continue reading

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EMV & Smartcards: Ready or Not, Here They Come

EMV SmartcardVisa and MasterCard have begun what will likely be a long push to bring EMV to the United States. For financial institutions, this means issuing cardholders new credit cards and updating networks to process EMV data. For businesses, this will mean purchasing new EMV-capable credit card processing equipment. Continue reading

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GoPayment – A Costly Mistake!

GoPaymentIntuit’s GoPayment service carries hidden charges and fees that make it less competitive than other mobile credit card processing options. Continue reading

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Square Review, Rates & Fees

Square ReviewSquare credit card processing isn’t a good fit for every business. Square is best suited for individuals, or for businesses with low or sporadic sales volume or a low average sale amount. And even then, Square’s poor customer service and tendency to hold funds and impose reserves makes it a gamble for any person or business. Continue reading

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PCI Compliance is Required – Validation, Maybe Not

PCI Compliance RequiredPCI compliance is now required for all merchants, but the burden of validating compliance for a large segment of merchants falls to individual processors and merchant service providers. Some merchant service providers are using PCI as an excuse to charge excessive pure-profit fees; others are charging fair fees for compliance support, and many are taking a “don’t ask don’t tell” approach. Continue reading

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Visa, MasterCard Settlement & Your Business

Visa Mastercard SettlementEarlier this month, Visa, MasterCard and several of the nation’s largest banks settled an antitrust suit with a group of seven million retailers. The suit, which dates back to 2005, accuses the card networks and banks of conspiring to fix interchange fees that businesses pay to process credit and debit cards. Continue reading

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Debit Card Transaction Fees: Signature Vs PIN

Debit Card Transaction FeesContrary to popular belief, PIN debit transactions incur more than just a flat fee, often making signature debit transactions cheaper to process. Understanding the ins and outs of debit card transaction fees will ensure you’re not losing hard-earned money pennies at a time. Continue reading

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What is a POS WATS fee?

A pos wats fee is a communication fee that is charged each time a business’s credit card equipment dials the processor’s toll-free 800 number to get or give information. The pos-wats fee is often charged in addition to other transaction fees such as authorization fees, return fees, and AVS fees. Continue reading

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