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Pros and cons of the top mobile payment systems
With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC (near-field communication) reader on the merchant's payment system. You're then … Pros: You can make payments through your bank account, not just cards. You can also send …
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KARE 11 Investigates: How thieves can easily steal your ID and credit
If Rob Olson hadn't gotten suspicious, the crook could have set up a business account that would let him ring up hundreds of phony credit card charges on his merchant account and pocket the stolen money. "And they'll do this until the wheels fall off …
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Atlanta-based BitPay hooks up with PayPal to expand bitcoin adoption

Atlanta-based BitPay hooks up with PayPal to expand bitcoin adoption
Merchants using Payments Hub can create a BitPay merchant account. PayPal customers with a bitcoin wallet will then be able to pay with bitcoin for games, music, videos, news, ebooks, and other digital content. “PayPal's Payments Hub is the ideal first …
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Payments Processor Braintree Confirms Bitcoin Integration Rumors
In its blog post regarding the announcement, Coinbase indicated that Braintree businesses will need to open a new merchant account with Coinbase in order to complete the integration upon its release. However, Braintree merchants that want to get in …
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How Main Street Will Pay for Home Depot's Data Breach
When a credit-card company identifies fraud, it wipes the payment off the cardholder's account and notifies the merchant. Unless the store can prove the payment was authorized, the credit-card company debits money from a merchant's checking account, …
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how to set up a merchant account?

Question by Ashvin 217: how to set up a merchant account?
I would like to know the exact procedures for setting up my own merchant account on my e-commerce website without passing through a third party merchant account provider.

I know I have to open a merchant account with a bank. But how to I integrate it on my website??

Thank you

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Answer by stymiee73
There are lots of merchant account account providers out there so shop around and get several quotes before choosing a provider. You’ll save yourself a lot of money that way. My first link below is a comparison worksheet to make organizing their rates easier. I also link to a calculator that does the comparison for you so you can see who is the cheapest in the long run.

When applying for a merchant account you’ll need the following items:

1) Verification of a US business checking account (a voided check works just fine)

2) Verification your business is legal (any document from the local, state, or Federal government works just fine. This includes Articles of Incorporation, LLC paperwork, Federal Tax ID, Occupancy License, State Tax ID, Fictitious Name Certificate)

3) A signed contract (provided by your merchant account provider)

Additional documentation is usually only required if your merchandise or account is considered high risk (e.g. there is a high risk for chargebacks). But this is rare. Personal financial documents should never be asked for, even for new businesses, as they are unnecessary.

You do not need to be a US based business but your business does need to have a legal US address and a US checking account. Otherwise it may be based on foreign soil.

Being approved will be based on the overall risk of your account. The higher the risk, the less likely it will be approved. Conversely, the less risk you present to the bank, the more likely you will be approved.

Risk is determined by several factors including:

1) Environment: The Internet is the highest risk and retail stores are the lowest risk.

2) Product sold: High stereo equipment is high risk, coffee mugs are low risk.

3) Personal credit: The better your credit the better your chances of opening a merchant account.

They balance the risk associated will all three areas and determine if it is worth it for them to take on your account.

Establishing a merchant account can be anywhere from a smooth and easy process to a nightmare. Where it falls is both the product of the merchant account provider and the merchant themselves. The better the communication between the two the smoother and faster the process is.

An account can be opened in as little as four hours or as long as a few days depending on when the application is submitted and the underwriting guidelines of the processing bank. The application process should never take longer then that without a clear and legitimate reason. If your application is taking two weeks to be approved and you’ve had little to no communication with your sales agent, something is wrong and you should consider canceling your application.

All merchant account providers require that every business sign a contract when establishing their merchant account. At the very least this contract will specify what the merchant’s responsibilities are as well as those of the merchant account provider. The entire contract should be made available to you before you sign it.

To integrate your merchant account into your website you will need to use a payment gateway. A payment gateway basically acts like a credit card terminal for your website. It’s software that runs on someone else’s server and they have an API for connecting to it. All shopping carts have built in support for at least one payment gateway and usually have the ability to support more so you don’t have to do any work to make the gateway work.

I recommend the Authorize.Net payment gateway as they are the most popular, best priced, and easiest to use. Plus they are enabled in every shopping cart by default so you don’t have to go find plug ins or anything for it to work. And if you want to integrate into your website yourself their API is extremely easy to work with. I linked to some free code with a tutorial that should help you along.

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5 Things the Catalog Ninja is Doing Right Now
As you're looking at item-level usage forecasts, don't forget to adjust your items per thousand orders factors to account for these new items. If you had a $ 49.95 item that will now be priced at $ 52.95 and you've introduced a new $ 49.95 item that might …
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African Markets – Factors to watch on Sept 9
SOUTH AFRICA – Rand Merchant Bank releases quarterly business confidence index for the third quarter, compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research. … EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on AFRICA STOCKS For the latest …
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iWatch from Apple may mean the end of plastic credit cards
Apple is expected to announce a new iWatch this week, and along with it new mobile payment platform that would be cheaper and easier to use than today's credit-card system. Apple's agreements with MasterCard, Visa, and American Express would allow …
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Legacy Banks Invest In Coinbase's Record $75m Funding Round

Legacy Banks Invest In Coinbase's Record m Funding Round
Some of the larger merchants Coinbase has signed on to their platform has been part of the portfolio of Andreessen Horowitz, one of Coinbase's early investors. Coinbase will be using the money to expand their employee base and their … Armstrong said …
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'Vindskip' cargo ship uses its hull as a giant sail
Designed by Lade AS, the Oslo-based company says the hybrid merchant ship — which would still have a liquefied natural gas-powered engine — could achieve fuel savings of 60% and reduce emissions by 80%. It's the brainchild of Terje Lade, who used his …
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ISO Central
ISOCentral is an Android-based app that streamlines the process of signing merchant accounts to as little as 2 hours. ISOCentral is fully integrated with processors and sponsor banks for immediate results. All you need to bring to your sales calls is …
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what is merchant account?

Question by Rahul: what is merchant account?
hi guys….
I m working in call centr frm last 4 years and now i m looking forwd to start my own call centr.
i m having enough money to invest….. bt i need info abt merchant account cz its necessary for me, and i dont know anything abt this acc.
I dont know its importance, its requirements and how can i open it and all.
So plz help me out plz….

Best answer:

Answer by Rock
I think its just a simple business license, so that your business income can be taxed.

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5 Cornerstones of Managing Your High-Risk Business – By Heather Petersen
A merchant services provider that specializes in high-risk accounts will stay proactive in notifying you of protective measures, fraud prevention programs, and the condition of your merchant account. This partnership can benefit your company immensely. 3.
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When Digital Meets Traditional Banking: A New Concept in Senegal

When Digital Meets Traditional Banking: A New Concept in Senegal
Washington DC — With only six percent of the adult Senegalese population having an account in a formal financial institution, commercial banks in Senegal have so far shown little interest in contributing to financial inclusion by serving this vast …
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GDF Suez Shares Should Get Re-Rated (GDFZY)
The company's target regions account for over 80% of global energy growth over the next 20 years. The latest guidance implies power capacity growth … The IPP model is tried and tested and merchant risk very low. GDF Suez has a very good track record …
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VeriFone Mobile Money and Airtel Africa Group Announce Master Agreement for

VeriFone Mobile Money and Airtel Africa Group Announce Master Agreement for
20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — VeriFone Mobile Money and Airtel Africa, part of the Bharti Airtel Group, today announced that they had reached an agreement to offer VeriFone Mobile Money's merchant enablement applications for mobile Tap n Pay across their 17 …
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Social E-Commerce App Drives Traffic to Your Online Store
To further drive sales for merchants, Bestie also gives users product recommendations based on their favorites, accounts they follow, browsing histories and user preferences. The service also functions as a deal-finding platform that automatically …
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What is Merchant Account?

Question by jeo_onn: What is Merchant Account?

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Answer by Monsta’
A Merchant Account is simply a relationship between a retailer, a merchant bank and payment processor for the settlement of credit card transactions. Any retailer who wants to take credit card orders must establish a merchant account.

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