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What is “High Risk?”

by total-apps,

, in Credit Card Processing Frequently Asked Questions Merchant Services Online Payment

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So you’re ready to open a merchant account for your business and you’re being labeled as “high risk.” Why? What does this even mean? You know your business is legit. So why the push back?

 

 

 

First, what type of businesses are labeled as high risk?

 

Here are a few examples:

Travel

Vape / eCig

Antiques

Sexual Oriented / Pornographic Websites

Direct Selling

E-Books

Furniture

Multi-Level Marketing

Business Opportunity

Technical Support

Etc. Etc. Etc.

 

The list goes on. The fact that you are labeled as high risk makes for a few additional steps in…

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Why You May Need to Show Proof of Inventory

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Fraudsters have really made things more difficult for everyone when it comes to getting a merchant account. In the past, these shady folks have set up shell merchant accounts that are made to look completely above board, but they are actually selling counterfeits or running credit card payments without ever sending the “customer” any goods. Credit card companies assume a lot of risk when taking on new businesses and obviously want to avoid these kinds of set ups. After…

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Wait… So I’m Applying?

by total-apps,

, in Credit Card Processing Frequently Asked Questions Merchant Services Online Payment

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One of the common confusions that we get from clients is that they do not understand they are APPLYING for a merchant account. With the instant approval of services such as PayPal, Intuit, and Square, we can understand the origins of the confusion. So why are you APPLYING when you decide to open a full merchant account?

 

 

 

 

There are a couple of factors.

 

First, there are strict regulations that come from Visa and Mastercard when it comes to the business models…

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What if I Don’t Have Bank Statements?

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So you’re a brand new business, huh? Let’s say you opened up your very own cake shop. You sell the best cakes in the entire city! You’re off to a good start. But you realize you need to open a merchant account to take credit card payments from your customers. It makes sense. This could (will) lead to an increase in sales.

 

 

But potential merchant account providers need bank statements and you are a brand new business. So what do…

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Why You May Need Multiple Merchant Accounts

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, in Credit Card Processing Merchant Services Online Payment Point of Sale

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The idea and reasoning behind having multiple merchant accounts is a touchy subject in the industry. You’ll hear both sides to why you should and why you should never consider having multiple accounts. We wanted to clear the air, so allow us to address the ins and outs of opening multiple merchant accounts.

 

One of the common reasons we hear in favor of opening multiple merchant accounts is that it will protect the merchant in case of termination. If this…

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