Small Businesses Face Much Larger Markup on Credit Card Processing

March 3, 2011

March 3, 2011

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I wrote about this before, but it got buried in that much longer post with a boring title (very worthwhile read if your business accept credit cards).  If you read this blog regularly you know that there are two parts of the credit card processing fees paid by businesses: interchange (goes to the card issuers) and the processor markup (goes to the processor).

Big and small businesses pay roughly the same interchange rates.  However, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, big businesses (red areas in the chart) pay a very small processor markup (0.04%) while small businesses (blue and yellow areas in the chart) pay a very large processor markup (1.29%).

If you are a business owner who is worried you are not getting a good deal FeeFighters can help you in two ways.  First, you can try our credit card processing calculator, which is free and takes 2 minutes to see if you are getting a good deal.  Second, shop for a new credit card processor using FeeFighters (takes 15-20 minutes), which is also free and carries no obligation to switch.

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