In May of 2015 I was looking for a new online internet based Merchant provider that offered the lowest and best online merchant services rates for my needs, and allowed me to process my fees monthly rather than per transaction (easier bookkeeping, see below why I like this). I had been a customer of Merchant Warehouse since 2009 whom at the time had the best online merchant services rates, based on my research then.
However over the years Merchant Warehouse continued to change their fees and their customer support got worse. They added a costly annual PCI compliance fee, and then they started passing more of the Authorize.net fee to me. Recently they changed their name to Cayan, but not their merchant services rates and fees.
Finally I made the space in my schedule to do some research, looking for the best merchant services rates for my needs, which included my bookkeeping needs.
So who did I find? A company called Moolah.
And here is the best merchant services rates deal.
- Monthly minimum of $14.95 in fees but nothing if you reach that,
- no more batch fees,
- no more higher rates for non-qualifying cards (most of which seemed to be and the rates were like 4%+),
- and no more annual PCI compliance fees.
- I don’t even have to pay for for the use of Authorize.net as a payment gateway and Authorize.net is by far the most supported gateway out there (take a look at any ecommerce system) and Authorize.net offers many other services as well, see below.
With Moolah I just pay only 2.89% plus $0.29 per transaction.
UPDATE: As of January 19, 2017 their standard rate offered is down to 2.79% plus $0.29 per transaction – however using the links in this post, YOU CAN NOW GET 2.69% plus $0.29 per transaction.)
I love the fact that they even made their rates slightly less than the ubiquitous 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction (PayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout, Square).
No setup fee, no termination fees, 2 day funding and no cost to use Authorize.net. Just the 2.89% plus $0.29 per transaction. That’s it. And if you process more than $50,000 a month, well than talk with them about better rates, but for me, I am far from that.
This is what I read about them when I discovered them, which attracted my attention:
Moolah is a boutique merchant service provider with a simple philosophy to deliver the very best payment experience to their clients. The company takes a fresh approach to the payment space by providing technologies of tomorrow, being transparent with the costs and over delivering on customer service.
I say sign up and give it try! Switch out your old merchant services provider with lower merchant rates. There is no risk as there is no sign-up fee nor termination fee and it only takes 15 minutes to sign-up.
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Authorize.net Services & Easier Bookkeeping
Some services like PayPal, Stripe and 2Checkout, which are all great merchant service providers, have their own merchant gateway services. They act as both a merchant provider and as the merchant gateway combined. 2Checkout is my favorite in this bunch if you process international transactions because they are best supported worldwide, even better than PayPal.
What I do not like about these services is that every time there is a transaction, the transaction fee is deducted from my bank account at the same time. I manage my bookkeeping in Quickbooks and so I have to enter tons of transaction fees using these services. I have to login to my account, find the transaction fee amount and then account for it in Quickbooks. Time consuming. Not what I want to be doing with my time.
Other options that you get with Authorize.net
They have many services like eCheck so that you can choose to accept checking account information from people, (no credit card fees, great for recurring clients); you can use their virtual terminal to manually process one time or schedule recurring transactions; you can create buy buttons that send people to their site to enter their credit card information to process, in the same way as you can do with PayPal except the user is only asked for credit card information rather than PayPal. And they have many other services. Best of all though, as I said above, they are integrated with more ecommerce / internet commerce payment processing systems than any other system besides PayPal and are most often a free integration option, (often if you want to integrate with Stripe, or 2Checkout or one of the dozens of other gateways or merchant service providers, you have to pay a fee for an additional add-on, if those options are available at all).
So that is my story. If you are looking for the best internet based merchant rates, then this is why I recommend Moolah. And I like them so much that I have partnered with them through an affiliation system. So now they like me too.
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