Shopping around for a credit card processing service (a.k.a. “merchant services”) for your small business? You’ll see some tempting teaser rates out there.
Here’s what you need to know: Teaser rates have lots of conditions!
You might start with a low rate if:
- it’s a face-to-face transaction
- using exactly the right brand of credit card
- with no rewards, miles, or special features
But be careful…!
- Did you take your order on the phone, online or by mail?
- Did your customer uses a credit card that gets rewards, like a Gold card, points card or a loyalty card?
- Did your customer uses a commercial credit card?
- Is your customer’s bank in a different country?
If any of these is true, you probably pay a higher rate — a lot higher! Often as much as 3.5%, 4% or even more!
What about hidden fees?
If you’re paying a low teaser rate, you’re probably also paying a bunch of these fees on top:
- terminal fees
- monthly/quarterly/annual fees
- statement fee
- membership fee
- monthly minimums
- online access fee
- imprinter fee
- gateway fee
- PCI fee
- regulatory fee
- breach fee
- authorization fee
- batch header fee
- international transaction fee
- APF/NABU/data usage Fee
- refund fee
- address verification service fee (AVS)
How much are you really paying in credit card fees? If you don’t know for sure, you’re probably paying too much. Understanding your credit card rates and fees will save you a lot of money!
With Wave, you get guaranteed, easy-to-understand low rates and no hidden fees, period. Pay 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction, with no surprises.
Learn more at waveapps.com/payments
(Prices for Canada & U.S.; for international pricing please see waveapps.com/payments)
The information and tips we’re sharing in this article are meant to be a starting point for your year-end tax prep, so you can be informed and feel confident when working with your accountant. Be sure to check with a tax expert in your country or region for any specific advice you need, as each business (and tax district) is different. As our lawyers would say: “This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal or financial advice.”