3 Different Credit Card Pricing Methods


There are three pricing methods that you should be aware of, so you know which one may be the best fit for you.

The first is Pass Through, which gives the merchant a choice of per item, per auth, or per basis points. It also has an interchange rate plus per item, dues as well as assessment all passed through to the merchant. There is a monthly fee for this method.

The second is the Tiered method which is for both per item and standard bumps. A 2-tier (for both credit cards and check cards), it has two rates, Qual and Non-Qual; and 3-Tier (for both credit cards and check cards), has three rates, Qual, Mid-Qual, and Non-Qual.

Lastly Bill back, which gives the merchant a choice of a blended per item fee. Merchants that choose this method get a Targeted Discount Rate (2 target rates, one for credit, one for check card) and downgraded transactions are charged by bill back.

In closing, this article doesn’t even come close to actually defining credit card processing, it would be like defining business, because it changes as fast as its customers do. You, the merchant have many choices when it comes to who and how your credit card customers’ money reaches your bank account. Spend the time to contact a merchant service provider to see what services are right for you.

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