Guidelines for Credit Card Processing
Processing your credit card entails a lot of things. More than that, the fees involved are most of the times extensive and complicated. However, if you want to be using credit cards for your business, you have to settle the said fees. By exerting an effort to understand the credit card company’s system, you can make things a lot easier for you. In that manner, you can easily determine unfair charges and get a better understanding of how much your overhead really is. Kindly read on to the next few parts of this article in order to get a deeper understanding on credit card processing.
IDENTIFY THE PARTIES INVOLVED
You can only understand much about credit card processing fees once you have awareness of the parties forming part of such transactions. You should be aware that a customer and a merchant are actually linked together by so-called financial middlemen. These may include, but are not limited to, credit card associations, credit card issuing banks, credit card processors, merchant account providers and payment getaways. In addition to knowing the potential middlemen in credit card processing, you have to aware of the tasks that each of them does for your credit card processing.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FEES
Of course, there are various kinds of fees that you may have to pay in credit card processing. You will obviously get a better understanding of the process if you are aware of the different fees and their purpose.
1. TRANSACTIONAL FEES
As the name implies, these fees are actually related to your transactions, or are charged every time you run a transaction with the credit card company. The truth of the matter is that they represent the largest cost of your having a merchant account.
2. FLAT FEES
There are also flat fees that you may be charged of aside from the transnational fees. There is no uniform name, value and application for such fees among different credit card companies. But the most important part of it is that the company who charges them must make sure they are disclosed in your monthly statement.
3. INCIDENTAL PROCESSING FEES
Flat fees are charged to an account holder always, but incidental fees are not. For example, when there is a chargeback, you will need to be charged of a chargeback fee. But there can be many other incidental fees. Never fail to check your monthly statement for other incidental fees.
Fees, actually, may or may not be negotiated, depending on their nature. You cannot negotiate on wholesale fees but you can with mark-ups.