Understanding the Risk of Taking Credit Card Payments as Deposits!

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One of my merchants, Sarah, has a tour company. She books tour events months in advance. She needs to reserve buses, restaurants, and hotels months in advance. She has cancellation penalties on those reservations. Her spots are limited on the tour as well, so if someone cancels at the last minute and she doesn’t refill the spot, she loses income. Sarah had a problem with … Read More

Wawa Data Breach Part of ‘Concerning’ Industry Trend

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We, at Electronic Money Company, wanted to share this very important article written by Jaclyn Jaeger, Editor with ComplianceWeek.com. We have highlighted a paragraph regarding risk mitigation measures. Unlike many processors, Electronic Money Company protects your business with point-to-point encryption terminals and tokenization for Ecommerce and mobile merchants to prevent hackers from getting at your card holders’ data. We highly recommend PCI compliance, plus we … Read More

What is Interchange?

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Interchange rates and fees are established by the issuing bank associations. The rate and transaction fees vary depending on the risk of the transaction. Corporate cards are higher risk than rewards cards, but somebody has to pay for the reward. Rewards cards are higher risk therefore than a regular credit card. Regular types of credit cards have a higher risk than debit cards run as … Read More

Want Your Money Fast? Deposit Funding Now in 4 Hours!

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People ask all the time, when do I get my credit card deposits in my bank account? In 1950, when the Diner’s club card was established as an alternative to cash, and in particular used when taking business clients out to dinner at restaurants, the turnaround time for deposited funds to the merchant was 60 days! When we first started selling merchant services in the … Read More

Zero Cost Credit Card Processing!

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Zero is a BIG DEAL! Zero Cost Credit Card Processing Can Save You 3 to 4%! How can you legitimately pass the credit card processing fees off to the consumer and put that 3 to 4% back in your pocket? Here are the various ways: Raise your prices to cover the overhead cost of payment processing. Charge a “Surcharge” for Visa and MasterCard charges. A … Read More

Merchants Beware!

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Merchants Beware - The Threat of Online Skimming to Payment Security

The Threat of Online Skimming to Payment Security According to the PCI Security Standards Council, and the Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), a growing threat that merchants and service providers need to be aware of is Web-based, or Online Skimming. What does this mean? ‘Skimming’ is a common method of stealing credit card information by using a small electronic device that … Read More

The Value of “Service” in Merchant Services

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Every credit card processing salesperson says they have the best service, and a support line available 24/7/365! Here is the NON-SPIN version of that: You dial the 1-800-number for technical support to ask a question about your statement, or perhaps your credit card terminal has an error on the screen. Step 1: Please enter your merchant ID#. (Oh, you don’t have it and now you … Read More

How an Industrial Supply Company, or B2B Merchant, Can Save Money on Credit Card Processing!

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Industrial Supply Company, or B2B Merchant, can save money on credit card processing!

Recently a local supply company in Albuquerque called me because they said their credit card machine was not working and I came recommended to them.  After our initial meeting, I found out that there was nothing wrong with their credit card terminal. The issue was that the corporate office required them to enter transactions into a virtual terminal on the Internet, and it consumed 15 … Read More

PayPal vs Your Own Merchant Account

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PayPal vs Your Own Merchant Account

If you own a business, your customers must be able to pay for your goods or services using credit cards. To enable you to accept credit cards, you will need a merchant account, or you can opt to use a third-party processing service such as PayPal. PayPal is what is called aggregate processor, which means they lump all their merchants into one merchant account. One … Read More