Credit Card Processing

Square Review, Rates & Fees

Square Up’s credit card processing service causes many businesses to mistake simplicity for competitiveness.

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Square Up 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 make it a gamble for any person or business.

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

PCI Non Compliance Fee: An Expensive Reminder

Note that Visa and MasterCard do not impose fees on businesses that are PCI non-compliant – that decision comes solely from your processor, making a PCI non compliance fee a pure profit charge for processors. Processors are not required to charge you a non-compliance fee. Let’s take a closer look at PCI non-compliance fees and…

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Processors use PCI non-compliance fees as an expensive monthly reminder to prompt businesses to become PCI compliant.

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Security and PCI Compliance

PCI Compliance Fee: Legit or Rip Off?

PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, and it’s essentially a set of guidelines that businesses follow to ensure cardholder data remains secure. PCI is managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, and PCI compliance is required by Visa and MasterCard for any business that accepts credit cards. The PCI compliance mandate…

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Is a PCI fee just another junk credit card processing fee, or is it a legitimate charge? Actually, it’s both. Some credit card processors charge a PCI fee and provide no compliance support, others charge a fee for providing compliance scanning and assistance, and some don’t charge a fee at all.

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

PCI Compliance is Required – Soon, Validation Will Be, Too

Every business that takes credit cards is required to comply with PCI standards, no matter how few credit card transactions it processes. What is PCI? Secure Card Processing Network Protect All Cardholder Information Protect Your Systems Against Malware Put Access Control Measures in Place Monitor and Test Your Networks Create and Maintain an “Information Security”…

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PCI compliance is a set of rules for the security of credit card transactions. It’s split into 12 basic requirements grouped into 6 categories to help businesses and payment processors create and maintain a reliable, secure processing system.

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Credit Card Processing, Legal, News

Visa, MasterCard Settlement & Your Business

Many large plaintiffs oppose the current Visa and MasterCard settlement, and the fight looks far from over. Update: December 13, 2013 — According to the Wall Street Journal, a judge cleared the swipe-fee settlement. Earlier this month, Visa, MasterCard and several of the nation’s largest banks settled an antitrust suit with a group of seven…

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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.

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Credit Card Processing

Debit Card Transaction Fees

Unnecessarily high debit card transaction fees are an easily correctable source of significant losses for many businesses. Understanding debit card transaction fees and the difference between signature debit and pin debit transactions will save your business thousands in processing fees. Feel free to jump down to the Signature Debit Vs Pin Debit Cost section if…

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Contrary 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.

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What is a POS WATS fee?

Credit card processing statements are full of confusing acronyms and opaque fees. We can help you figure out what they are and how to lower your costs if your fees are adding up to an expensive processing solution. What is a POS WATS Fee? As mentioned above, the pos wats fee is a fee you’ll see…

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A pos wats or pos wat 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.

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Credit Card Transaction Fees

A common and costly mistake when shopping for credit card processing services is to focus on a processor’s rate while paying little attention to transaction fees. The financial impact of this mistake is especially damaging for businesses with a low average sale amount. What’s the difference between a transaction fee and a processing rate? Authorization…

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More often than not, credit card transaction fees contribute more to cost than credit card processing rates.

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