Understanding “Pass Through” Fees on Your Merchant Statement

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Your processing salesman told you about rates and transactions fees. But what are all those other fees called assessments, acquirer fees, wats fees, FANF fees, Nabu Fees, etcetera, and etcetera and etcetera? The interchange rates and transaction fees are what the issuing bank receives for issuing your customer credit. On top of that are assessments which go to the brands, … Read More

Merchant Scam Alert: Avoid Force or Offline Transactions, the Social Engineering Scam

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A scammer with a stolen or fake card attempts a transaction. The merchant receives a decline, but the scammer pretends to contact their issuing bank and tells the merchant they received an authentication code. The scammer instructs the merchant, per their bank, to use the code and force or create an “offline” transaction. The merchant enters the code, completing the … Read More

Secret #3 – The Myth about the Effective Rate

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The effective rate is the total monthly cost of credit card processing divided by the volume of processing. The effective rate usually varies from 1.5% to 4%+ depending on the merchant’s industry and type of transactions. If a merchant receives mostly debit cards which have a low risk and low interchange rate, the effective rate will be a lot lower … Read More

Secret #2 – The Secret of the So Called “Hidden Fees”!

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These are possible, extra surcharge fees for the processor. They are not usually included in a rate comparison, so look them over carefully on the processor’s application. Many times these fees are not listed on the credit card processing salesman’s comparison. They are only on the application. Many times they are denoted in very small print. So ask to review … Read More

Secret #1 – Are you being proposed Tiered Pricing or Cost Plus Pricing?

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There are three determinations of the fees for accepting credit cards: the interchange cost, the brand fees and the processor’s surcharge. This is the rate and transaction fee set by the bank associations to collect “interest” on the money “loaned” to the cardholder for 30 days until his credit card payment is due. The bank that issued the card to … Read More

PCI: It’s Worth It for Your Business

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No matter if you’re a small business or a large corporation, if you accept credit card payments, you need to ensure that you’re PCI compliant. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was created to ensure that both merchants and consumers are safe from data compromise. For business owners, PCI compliance means completing the PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire … Read More

How Technology Can Create a Database of Your Customers and Help You Identify Their Buying Preferences

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A common trait we see among small businesses is that they are not taking advantage of the latest trends in smart technology. With new technology trends and applications, businesses can streamline how they receive information from customers, and even offer personalized rewards based on their preferences. Cloud-based tablets are growing in popularity for small businesses, and for a good reason. … Read More

3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Business

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Running a business is no simple task. Making sure that business continues to grow its customer base and increase revenue is something else altogether. Many small businesses fail because they tend to fall victim to stagnation. By not staying up-to-date with the latest technology, smaller organizations separate themselves from the bigger brands who are maintaining loyal customers through innovation. As … Read More