Credit Card Processing

Interchange-plus: You can still get gouged!

At this very moment you know just enough to be dangerous. I highly suggest (and I know my previous employer would agree) that you keep reading. The Flawed Definition of Interchange-Plus Concealing a Markup on Interchange Ridiculous Markups Imaginary Fees Non-Receipt of Credits & Vouchers What’s your time worth? The Flawed Definition of Interchange-Plus We…

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Years ago I worked for someone that loved the saying, “We pose the greatest risk to ourselves when we know just enough to be dangerous.”

This is often the case with interchange-plus pricing and credit card processing. You’re reading this because you’re likely tired of paying high credit card processing fees, and you probably came across an article or two that touts interchange-plus as the solution to your problem.

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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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What is a Good Interchange Plus Rate?

Getting a low interchange plus rate is important, but the rate is just a drop in the bucket.

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Asking the question “what is a good interchange plus rate?” is like asking the question “how much does a car cost?” Neither question can be answered accurately without first knowing several supporting details.

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Interchange Pass Through Pricing

The benefits of interchange pass through (often called interchange plus) are transparency and lower costs when compared to bundled or tiered pricing models. It’s safe to say that pass through pricing allows your business to get the best credit card processing fees, which is why it’s the only form of pricing we allow processors to…

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Interchange pass through pricing is a form of credit card processing pricing that allows the actual cost of processing (interchange fees & assessments) to be passed directly to your business.

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Tiered Pricing VS. Interchange Plus

Understanding how credit card processing fees are determined and how different merchant account pricing models work can save your business hundreds of dollars a month in transaction costs. One of the first questions you’ll ask is “Which should I go with, tiered pricing or interchange plus?” Tiered pricing is never in your best interest, but don’t…

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Tiered pricing or interchange plus? How do you know what’s best for your business?

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