3 Tips to Reading Your Processing Statements

As a merchant, you likely know the importance of reading your credit card processing statements. However, taking the time to read your statements does not do you much good without the proper knowledge in how to approach it. When you read your credit card statements without effective practices in place, you run the risk of paying more than you should. If you understand how credit card statements work and you understand the different fees involved, you will better be able to maximize your budget and profit-making potential. With this in mind, here are 3 helpful tips to reading your processing statements. 1. Questions to Ask While Reading Your Credit Card Processing Statements The first thing you need to establish when it comes to reading your statements are the particular questions you need to be asking. These questions will help you read your statements purposefully and ultimately ensure that you are…

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Three Ways to Tell if You’re Paying Too Much For Credit Card Processing

Many businesses overpay for their credit card processing, possibly without even realizing it. So how do you know if you are paying too much? There are three major ways to tell if you’re overpaying. The first one is to look for the word “non-qualified” on your monthly billing statement. If you see that word, there’s a good chance you’ve been paying too much. “Non-qualified” is associated with the tiered pricing model, in which case processors can randomly choose which transactions they want to charge you more for, not based on any legitimate reasoning. If you want to lower your costs, you should switch to a processing company that uses interchange plus pricing instead. This kind of pricing structure distinguishes between different components and allows for more transparency in the reporting. Compared with tiered pricing, it usually leads to lower costs for merchants. If you are using a flat rate processor,…

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Understanding Credit Card Statement Fees

Merchant 101: Understanding Credit Card Statement Fees

If you’re like many merchants, your credit card statement can feel like it’s written in a foreign language. However, credit card processing is one of your largest business expenses, so it’s important to know what these fees mean, and that you’re being charged fairly. Tidal is committed to complete transparency, so we’ll explain the common fees here and tell you when to beware. We’ll also give you a free, no-obligation statement analysis so you can see how Tidal helps you save. Card Association Fees These are standard fees charged by each card association. They are “set in stone” and should be passed through to you with no additional markup. Remember, there is nothing a processor can do to save you money on these fees. If they’re charging you less, they’re making up the difference somewhere else. Since many of these fees are just a fraction of a penny, some processors…

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