What You Need to Know About Credit Card Processing
As a warm-up to the series, I offer this primer on card-processing basics. I think this background information will be helpful if you read the series or, more important, if you, too, have struggled to arrange credit card processing. My own search began when I was tipped off that I was paying more than necessary for my transactions. Many years ago, I agreed to let my bank handle them, and since then, I had given the topic little thought.
I wrote about my issues with my bank in a previous post, including my feeling that my credit card processing — also known as merchant services — was costing me too much. That feeling was set off by a cold call last spring from a processor that was interested in seeing whether it could lower my transaction costs. That prompted me to do some research.
I soon learned that there are…
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