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What's Your Rate?

Short Answer -- Interchange + 30 Basis Points + 10 Cents

When I started in the merchant account business over 20 years ago and a prospective merchant asked “What’s your rate?” it was easy to simply quote 1.69 % + 20 cents, take out my pen, and start writing up the paperwork. Wow has that changed. Over the past two decades MasterCard and Visa, in their infinite wisdom, has developed a daunting list of interchange rules based upon your type of business, what type of card is presented by the consumer, the amount of the sale, what type of data you enter into your terminal or software, and if you swipe or manually key in the sale. In the 1980’s I could count on one hand the number of different interchange categories while today the list is over 100 pages long. Up until recently interchange was a trade secret guarded like the recipe for Coke but now it is publicly posted on Visa and MasterCard’s corporate websites.

It is important to know that every merchant account provider is bound by the exact same interchange schedule. It is the markup from this schedule that determines what you will ultimately pay. There is no such thing as wholesale rates, not even for the largest retailers. So when today a sales rep quotes you a tiered rate such as 1.69 % you really have to ask for the rest of the picture as very few of your transactions will qualify for that rate. As you can see from the chart below interchange cost for almost every category is higher including all rewards cards, business type cards and keyed cards. Therefore only swiped debit/check cards and small ticket (Under $15) sales in a limited number of business types have an actual cost lower than 1.69 %. In this example one could expect that most sales would be downgraded to a mid-qualified or non-qualified rate which usually adds 1 to 2 % to the qualified rate.

OK, so why do we have rates on our site similar to the 1.69 % example. The reason is because it has been so embedded in merchant’s minds over the years to just say “What’s your rate?” that it would be foolish for us to not at least offer this popular option. However, the educated merchant (which we want you to be), including most every large merchant knows that the least expensive option is Interchange Plus pricing. That is why Credit Card Processing Services offers all of our merchants either tiered pricing or the following low cost interchange plus pricing schedule.

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CATEGORY INTERCHANGE ADD 50 BP + 5 Cents YOUR RATE
Visa Check Cards  
Retail Debit 1.13 % + $0.15 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.43 % + $0.25
Small Ticket 1.65 % + $0.04 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.95 % + $0.14
Keyed Debit 1.70 % + $0.15 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.00 % + $0.25
Restaurant Debit 1.29 % + $.010 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.59 % + $0.20
Visa Credit Cards  
Retail Rewards 1 1.75 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.05 % + $0.20
Retail - All Other 1.64 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.94 % + $0.20
Small Ticket 1.75 % + $0.04 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.05 % + $0.14
Retail Keyed - Rewards & Signature 2.00 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.30 % + $0.20
Retail Key Entry - All Other 1.95 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.25 % + $0.20
Restaurant Rewards 2 2.00 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.30 % + $0.20
Restaurant - All Other 1.64 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.94 % + $0.20
All Other Keyed without AVS - EIRF 2.40 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.70 % + $0.20
Visa Commercial Cards     
Commercial Cards Swiped 2.30 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.60 % + $0.20
Business Cards Keyed 2.35 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.65 % + $0.20
Corporate Cards Keyed 2.30 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.60 % + $0.20
Purchase Cards Keyed 2.50 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.80 % + $0.20
   
MasterCard Offline Debit Cards  
Merit 3 - Swiped 1.15 % + $.015 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.45 % + $0.25
Merit 1 - Keyed 1.74 % + $0.16 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.04 % + $0.26
Standard - Keyed without AVS 2.00 % + $0.25 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.30 % + $0.35
Small Ticket 1.65 % + $0.04 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.95 % + $0.14
Restaurant 1.29 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.59 % + $0.20
MasterCard Credit Cards    
Merit 3 - Swiped - Core Value 1.68 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 1.98 % + $0.20
Merit 3 - Swiped - Enhanced Value 1.83 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.13 % + $0.20
Merit 1 - Keyed - Core Value 1.99 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.29 % + $0.20
Merit 1 - Keyed - Enhanced Value 2.14 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.44 % + $0.20
Standard - Keyed without AVS 3.05 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.35 % + $0.20
MasterCard World & Elite Cards  
Merit 3 - Swiped - World Rate 1.83 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.13 % + $0.20
Merit 3 - Swiped - World Elite 2.30 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.60 % + $0.20
Standard - Keyed - World Rate 3.05 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.35 % + $0.20
Standard - Keyed - World Elite 3.35 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.65 % + $0.20
Restaurant - World & World Elite 1.83 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.13 % + $0.20
MasterCard Corporate & Business    
Face-to-Face Corporate 2.15 % + $0.00 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.45 % + $0.10
Face-to-Face Business 2.30 % + $0.00 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.60 % + $0.10
Standard - Corporate - Keyed 2.80 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.10 % + $0.20
Standard - Business - Keyed 2.95 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.25 % + $0.20
Data Rate 1 - Corporate 2.75 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.05 % + $0.20
Date Rate 1 - Business 2.90 % + $0.10 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 3.20 % + $0.20
Data Rate 2 - Corporate 2.15 % + $0.00 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.45 % + $0.10
Data Rate 2 - Business 2.20 % + $0.00 Add 50 BP + 5 Cents 2.50 % + $0.10
   
Interchange Rates already include Dues and Assessments which we have rounded off to 10 BP
Interchange Plus Pricing is available for all merchants processing over $10,000 per month in volume
Visa Dues and Assessments are .0925%  
MasterCard Dues and Assessments are .0950%  
   
Rates reflect April 2013Interchange  

 

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