SPECIALIZES IN B-TO-B
DEDICATED CARDFELLOW REP
ACCEPTS HIGH RISK
First Data, Vantiv/NPC, TSYS, Elavon, Chase Paymentech, TransFirst
Fifth Third Bank
As a processing company, Blue Dog offers all the basic services you’d expect to take payments: credit and debit card processing in store, online, or by mobile device; a gift card program, check acceptance, and merchant cash advances. The company also offers American Express’s OptBlue pricing.
Blue Dog lets you take all major credit and debit cards, as well as Apple Pay and other contactless payments. The company also boasts next day funding for all payment types. You can take credit cards in traditional store environments, online with an ecommerce website, or using your smartphone with the mobile option.
Many businesses think of American Express as the “expensive” card to accept. But did you know that in early 2015, Amex rolled out a new pricing model to offer more competitive costs? It’s called OptBlue, and Blue Dog references the ability to get you set up with it. That means you can take American Express cards and benefit from the lower costs associated. Just be sure that you’re actually getting the lower costs. If you need help figuring that out, use CardFellow’s free quote request tool and be sure to check that you want to accept Amex. You can then see what competitive costs for American Express OptBlue will be for your business.
Taking payments online? Blue Dog offers a gateway that includes a secure shopping cart, custom payment integrations, and a payment page builder so you can set up your site for easy ecommerce transactions.
Some customers still prefer to pay with checks. Accept them easily with Blue Dog’s check conversion option that turns paper checks into an electronic transaction, or stick with traditional paper check acceptance and depositing.
If you’re interested in taking advantage of the popularity of gift cards, Blue Dog offers a gift card solution to provide cards to sell. Since many customers like to purchase gift cards for a variety of occasions, they’re a great way to boost sales.
Like a lot of processing companies, Blue Dog offers a merchant cash advance option, which gives you access to working capital that can be used for almost any business expense. Merchant cash advances are different from small business loans though, and may come with higher costs.
Blue Dog offers its own point of sale system, the Blue Dog POS. It’s a tablet-based solution that offers features beyond simple payment processing, like inventory management, an employee time clock, and gift card processing. The POS is pictured as a bundle with a tablet and stand, card reader, receipt printer, and cash drawer, but it isn’t clear if all of those pieces come with the system. Blue Dog also does not disclose pricing for the POS.
Blue Dog also offers headphone jack card readers for mobile credit card processing.
Blue Dog doesn’t publish specifics about its pricing, though it does reference interchange plus; a good sign, as that’s generally the most transparent pricing model available. However, just because there isn’t any pricing published on Blue Dog’s site doesn’t mean you can’t get that info right from this profile. You can use our one-click “request a quote” option at the top of this screen to get a fully-disclosed quote from Blue Dog right here at CardFellow. You can review the quote in private, and compare it with quotes from any other company that you’d like.
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A lone Google review – that’s all we turned up on Blue Dog as far as its internet presence is concerned. The comment gives Blue Dog 5 stars and praises it for giving back to the community (a reference to Blue Dog’s promise of giving up to 5% of the proceeds from your processing to charity) but doesn’t say anything else about its services, rates and fees, contract, or even if the reviewer has worked with Blue Dog.
Blue Dog does have a profile set up with the Better Business Bureau, but it is unaccredited, has no grade, and shows no complaints nor reviews. Not a lot to report there, although sometimes no reviews isn’t a bad thing.
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Posted by Lewis on Aug 16, 2017
Great company for the small business owners
Posted by Tom S on Oct 01, 2016
I switched to Blue Dog from Square and while I was a bit unsure about if it would be better it turned out to be a good move. The process of getting set up was a bit longer and required more information than when I signed up with Square, but in the end my overall fees were a lot lower with Blue Dog.