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There’s a lot of debate over whether or not it’s okay or not for a business to surcharge customers to cover their credit card fees. We are asked constantly by merchants if adding that extra percentage to their customer’s bill is a good business decision.
The truth is it’s a bit complicated.
Asking your customers to pick up the cost of processing for you by adding fees on their transaction sounds appealing, but it can have negative repercussions.
So what’s the right course of action?
Keep reading and we’ll tell you if it’s a good idea to surcharge your customers to cover your processing fees.
One of the most common questions we get from a customer is why their credit card processing rates can’t be under 1% per transaction.
Lots of businesses receive phone calls on a weekly basis from some salesperson promising they could only pay 1% if they would switch to their services.
The sad truth is there’s no such thing as a 1% processing rate. No matter what a salesperson tells you, it is impossible to be charged that little when processing a credit card.
How do we know that?
We’re not trying to become the killjoy, but 1% processing rates are just one of those promises that can never be true (unless your processing company is losing money every time they sign up a new customer).
There are universal rules on how processing costs are calculated, and we can help you understand why the 1% processing rate is a lie. Our goal is to prevent you from accidentally overpaying a processor who promised you a 1% flat rate.
Ever hear an offer that’s suspiciously too good to be true? It’s pretty standard to hear a lot of enticing promises from payment processing companies, and they will tell you a lot of misleading information to get you to sign up for their services.
Navigating what’s a good deal is a challenge in an industry where merchants are kept in the dark about what they should be paying for processing services.
Large institutions and persuasive salespeople will throw out a lot of bad ideas that could cost your business a lot of money in the long run.
So how do you know what’s a lie and what’s true?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Today we’re going to cover three types of payment processing solutions a salesperson will try to hook you with, that is not as good of a deal as they promise.
PCI Compliance is an often misunderstood part of having a merchant account. You’re probably wondering what PCI Compliance means, who decides if your business is compliant, and why there’s a monthly fee involved if you’re not compliant.
A lot of payment processing companies are not good at explaining it. It’s almost never mentioned in the sales process, and some processors only mentioned once a year without really giving a merchant the tools to be able to complete their questionnaire and avoid the fine.
Well, have no fear, because today we are going to over what PCI Compliance is, how you can achieve it, and why it’s important.
Ever look at your processing statement and wonder what all those fees are?
You’re probably curious why they are on your statement, to begin with, and if you can avoid paying them.
Well, there’s a lot of different types of fees and services that you will be charged for having a merchant account. Some are valid and you can’t avoid them no matter who you process through. However, not all of the fees you see on your statement are not legit and are only there to line the processor’s pockets.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common types of fees you will see on your statement, valid and not valid. So pull up your credit card processing statement, and let’s take a look at what you’re being charged.
We’ve covered how processing works in the past, and gone over some of the ways processing rates are calculated, but we haven’t explained in detail why a business might be charged a specific rate.
You’ve probably wondered why your business is on a different pricing structure than the one down the street, or if you are even on the right pricing structure; flat rate, tiered, or interchange plus.
There’s no easy answer as every business and processing company is different, but we are going to try and explain the most common pricing structures, and list the pros and cons of each.
Do you ever feel like people try to put your business in a box?
In payment processing industry there’s a lot of “one solution fits all” options that salespeople like to push. They don’t take the time to get to know how your business works and what tools you use.
The reality is no two businesses are the same. You and your competitor might be using a different website, accounting software, or point-of-sale system from you, but a lot of payment processing companies would offer you the same solution.
In many ways, it’s difficult to give a straightforward solution for each business, because there are multiple ways your payment processing services integrate with another part of your business.
To find the right payment processing solution, you should make sure your payment processing solution integrates with your tools.
If you ever want to feel overwhelmed the easiest way to do it is to look at all the available online shopping cart solutions for your E-Commerce Store.
From all the different shopping carts and the variety of capabilities they come with it can be a challenge to find the right one for your store.
Once you begin carrying more items or complex add-ons, you’ll need a product managing shopping cart that can calculate custom orders or possible discounts.
There are so many solutions, but there are some key factors that merchants tend to overlook when selecting an online shopping cart for your business.