Credit Card Processing

Interchange Plus Pricing IS NOT a Silver Bullet

Interchange plus pricing does not guarantee competitive credit card processing fees. It’s just as easy for a processor to overcharge a business using interchange plus pricing as it is with other pricing models, such as tiered.

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As more information becomes available about credit card processing and more people with superficial knowledge write about the topic, interchange plus is often touted as the be-all end-all to opaque billing and high credit card processing charges. This is a dangerously expensive misconception.

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Credit Card Processing

Playing the Credit Card Processing Match Game

Allowing 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.

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I get it. It’s easier to have your current credit card processor match lower pricing than it is to go through the application and set up an account with a new processor. But, like it or not, there’s no way to win the credit card processing match game, which is why no one ever does.

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SBA & Marco Carbajo Negligence Misleads Small Businesses

Despite repeated requests to correct its content, the SBA has chosen to mislead small businesses. On September 10, 2013 the SBA posted an article titled The Best Credit Card Processing For Small Business Owners, written by guest blogger and affiliate marketer Marco Carbajo. In the article, Marco Carbajo makes numerous false statements in an attempt…

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A dangerously erroneous article recently posted by the Small Business Administration is misleading small businesses, and the SBA has carelessly ignored repeated calls to have the article removed or corrected.

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Credit Card Processing

Credit Card Processor Reviews: Don’t be a Sucker

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. What’s the motivation for the reviewer? Is the review targeting the appropriate company? Pricing and Terms are Set on Per-Business Basis…

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Think twice before staking your business’s credit card processing on speculative processor reviews. Most credit card processor reviews aren’t worth the virtual paper they’re printed on.

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

Data Breach Prevention and Insurance

You might be considering breach insurance, assuming that will protect you in the event of a data breach. Many credit card processing companies even offer data breach insurance as an add-on, making it an easy decision for some businesses. Just know that there may be limitations to what types of breaches are covered, or how…

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In the wake of expensive, well-publicized data breaches like those experienced by Home Depot and Target, you may be nervous about your own business experiencing a breach. Unlike Target and Home Depot, small businesses don’t always have the money to cover the expenses of a data breach, and may take a bigger reputation hit if customers perceive your business as not secure.

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Best Credit Card Processing Define, Learn, Search

Define Best: What’s Really Important Best Rates — A Big Mistake Learn the Fundamentals of Processing Focus on Markup Pricing Model Terms Search Define Best: What’s Really Important The problem with the word “best” is that it’s subjective. Its meaning is unique to the person using it, and when it comes to credit card processing,…

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You won’t find the best credit card processing unless you define what “best” means for your business, and then learn the fundamentals of processing before setting out in search of a processor.

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Credit Card Processing

Free Credit Card Machine = An Expensive Proposition

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. With the 2015 EMV chip card switchover, the “free” machine offers are becoming even more common. The Economics of “Free” There’s an Exception to Every Rule One-Two Punch:…

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Like 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.

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