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Doubts Emerge About Small Merchants’ EMV Readiness

February 27, 2014

Digital Transaction News Feb. 14th, 2014   As Key Chip Deadline Looms, Doubts Emerge About Small Merchants’ Readiness By John Stewart   With Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. digging in their heels on a key chip card deadline, payments executives are expressing doubts that all U.S. small businesses will be ready. “The short answer is no,” says Henry Helgeson, chief executive of Merchant Warehouse, a Boston-based merchant processor. “We still have a lot of work to do as an industry.”   In October 2015, the major card networks will shift liability for card fraud to the party that isn’t equipped to handle chip card transactions on the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) standard. While Visa and MasterCard appeared to some observers to be…

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WARNING – First Data Phishing Attack

February 12, 2014

Feb, 12th 2014 First Data has learned of a widespread phishing attack telling recipients that their merchant ID has been locked.   Unsolicited email containing errors should always raise a red flag, especially if combined with a call to action, such as calling a toll-free number or clicking on a link. If you receive an email similar to the one below, immediately delete it from your inbox and deleted items folder.  Do not open any attachments. No further action is required on your part.

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Visa / MasterCard Class Action Settlement Recovery

February 12, 2014

A court case was recently settled between a group of merchants, on one hand, and Visa, MasterCard, and issuing banks, on the other hand, about unfair business practices related to interchange fees. If you accepted Visa or MasterCard between January 1, 2004, and November 28, 2012, you are part of a $7 billion dollar settlement. But, you have to register to be included. MerchantService.com and Brownstone Recovery Group are here to help.

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How to compare merchant service providers to ensure you are receiving the best rates

August 14, 2013

Many credit card processors offer a variety of different processing rates and fees. If you are looking to do business with a merchant services company, it’s crucial to understand that comparing quotes from one merchant service provider to the next can be difficult. Rates will vary depending on the pricing method, type of card, the manner in which the card is processed and your adherence to qualifying criteria associated with the sale. With merchant service providers, the first thing to do is to look for a reputable company that offers interchange pass through pricing, interchange is the actual wholesale cost of the cards accepted and determines the overall cost a merchant pays for their credit card services. As a business…

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MerchantService.com Announces New ISO / Agent Program

December 8, 2011

MerchantService.com announces their ISO / Agent program for experienced merchant services sales offices and ISO agents.  The program features an exclusive, registered brand name of Merchant Service Group of “geographical area” for each ISO/Agent.   “To maximize your sales success and build long-term business value ISO / Agents need to market under their own unique brand name, not that of a bank, processor or ISO.  Our program is based on them doing so,” says Gino Kauzlarich, President of MerchantService.com Inc.

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Shawn Douglas has joined Merchant Services as the Director of Business Development

September 13, 2011

With twenty-plus years of bankcard industry acquiring experience, Merchant Services is pleased to announce that Shawn Douglas has taken the position of Director of Business Development. While studying at West Point and graduating from Boston College, Mr. Douglas began working in the industry as an intern for the President of MasterCard US for two summers.  Since then he’s held sales, management, and business development positions with Unified Merchant Services, Fidelity National Bank, Moneris Solutions, and Chase Paymentech.  More recently at TSYS Acquiring Solutions, he was responsible for relationships with all VARs, Internet Gateways, and Cash Advance Program providers.  In 2008, Mr. Douglas formed his own consulting company to provide business development expertise to specific channels in the merchant services acquiring…

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MerchantService.com releases new video on paying the lowest credit card processing rates

August 15, 2011

Sarasota, FL – August 15, 2011 – MerchantService.com, a leading merchant services provider of credit card processing, is pleased to announce the release of a new article on their site titled, “Pay the Lowest Credit Card Processing Rates with Interchange Pass Through.” The article focuses on the importance of understanding the technicalities of credit card processing and interchange pass through rates in order for merchant businesses to thrive.

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What Does The Durbin Amendment Mean To Small Business Merchants In America? MerchantService.com Explains

July 13, 2011

Sarasota, FL – July 13, 2011 – MerchantService.com, a leading merchant services provider of credit card processing, is pleased to announce they have released a new article on their site titled “What Does The Durbin Amendment Mean To Small Business Merchants In America?” This amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was to take effect July 21, 2011, but has been pushed back to October 1, 2011.   The Durbin Amendment originally aimed to have the Fed set a maximum debit card interchange fee of 12 cents per transaction for banks that had $10 billion or more in assets. However, the final interchange fee to come into play in October will be closer to 21 cents…

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Do You Want Merchant Services at the Lowest Possible Rates?

June 30, 2011

Would you like to receive the lowest possible rates on credit card processing for your store or website? Who wouldn’t? By carefully shopping for the best merchant services provider, you can ensure you’re always receiving the lowest possible rates when accepting electronic payments. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts of finding a credit card processing provider.   Do: Find the Most Competitive Pricing Program With so many options for instant merchant services online, you can be picky when looking for a credit card processing provider. Before you start looking, decide what you want for your store or website. Do you need a wireless credit card machine? Do you need devoted customer service – without the automated recording every…

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Why Are You Paying MORE For Merchant Services Credit Card Processing Than The RATE Promised?

June 23, 2011

One of the most frustrating things imaginable to businesses who utilize merchant services is when they are faced with paying a higher percentage rate on their credit card machine use than was advertised or promised. At best, this is misleading. At worst, this is a common industry bait and switch pricing tactic. Why is it that so many merchant services providers charge more than the rate promised?   The Steadily Upwards Creeping Introductory Rate Many times, banks and merchant services providers quote a low introductory rate to make the initial sale with businesses, only to turn around and slightly increase rates again and again, month after month, year after year. These providers hope that either their merchants will not notice,…

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How to Get the BEST Credit Card Processing Rates

May 10, 2011

When it comes to merchant services and credit card processing, every merchant wants the very best rates. However, there’s much more to what a merchant pays for their monthly services than just one “qualified” rate. Read on to learn what to look for when determining the best credit card processing rates for your business.   First things first, what is a qualified rate? There are numerous types of pricing methods that can be implemented when it comes to determining what you pay for your merchant services, but a qualified rate is one main rate that may overshadow more unfavorable fees. Just like the headlining band or singer at a club, let’s say in this example that it’s Lady Gaga, the…

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