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What Is a Payment Gateway?

What Is a Payment Gateway?

Did you make an online purchase this week? Then you used a Payment Gateway without even knowing it. A Payment Gateway provides a safe method of transferring cardholder data from a website to a payment network for processing. It communicates the confirmation of sufficient funds and the transaction approval back to the website. It’s the technical glue that connects the point of sale to the payment network and is unique to card-not-present, online payments. Now, if you’re looking to accept online payments, you may be wondering how a Payment Gateway fits into the process. After all, there are…

What Is a Payment Facilitator?

What Is a Payment Facilitator?

Have you ever heard of Square, Stripe or PayPal? You might be surprised to learn that these recognizable names in the payments space are Payment Facilitators. There are numerous middlemen involved in credit card processing, and depending on your size and needs, different ones will prove most advantageous for you. If you're unsure what defines a Payment Facilitator, here's your answer. A Payment Facilitator provides businesses with one shared, mass merchant account. Anyone can use it, making them a preferred choice for small businesses with a low processing volume. Businesses that opt for a Payment Facilitator will share their merchant…

What Is Credit Card Interchange?

What Is Credit Card Interchange?

Credit card Interchange is the wholesale cost to process a credit card transaction and is typically comprised of a percentage of the transaction plus a fixed dollar amount (e.g., 0.5% + $0.10). The cost directly relates to the level of risk or reward associated with the transaction. For example, a business rewards card will have a higher Interchange cost than a debit card. Interchange is set by the card brands (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) and is subject to changes biannually when Interchange guides are updated and released. It’s important to have a basic understanding of…