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How Do You Accept Credit Card: Let Me Count The Ways

Aug 17, 2007
Nowadays, everything seems to revolve around plastics. That is, more and more people are finding credit cards as the most convenient way to shopping, whether it is online or not.

Hence, with the arrival of credit cards in the market today, most businesses have found its feasible ways when engaging into online business. It has continuously provided online businesses to accept their customer's payment online. What's more it makes them accept payments even through phone or fax.

But there are still many businesses who kept on wondering what credit card merchant accounts is all about. They even kept on asking how other businesses get to accept credit card payments.

There are only two ways how to accept credit cards. These are:

1. Establish a merchant account with the credit card companies.

It is a must for every business who wants to accept credit card online is to build a merchant account, especially to the credit card companies that the business will be receive credit card payments. The application for this one will vary from one bank to another. That is why it is a must that the company must first learn the primary services of a bank before committing to such service.

Also, most banks do not allow new businesses and home businesses to get a new merchant account for fear of some frauds. And so, the best way to gain the bank's trust is for the company to establish strong relationship with the bank and to maintain a good credit history.

2. Third Party Merchant

This third party merchant refers to the other companies that are willing to accept credit cards on behalf of the company who wishes to accept credit card payments.

One of the most popular third party merchants today is PayPal. It acts as a mediator between the seller and the buyer. PayPal usually requires their client's buyers to register for their program. That is why; most people find this really wearisome activity.

Both methods can help businesses to accept credit cards. However, there are areas where the first may offer greater features than the other.

Take for example the differences between the two methods. In most case, the primary rates for merchant accounts are higher than the third party merchant account. Plus, the third merchant party accounts more convenient than what the merchant account can do.

And so, for those who are still deliberating whether to get merchant account or the third party merchant account, it is strongly suggested that whatever methods is used, remember to take into consideration the pros and cons of the two method so as to accept credit card.
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