Host Merchant Services Partnership FAQ
How do I refer a lead?
Simply fill out this form!
Include your name and email address in the comments for proper crediting of incentives.
How do I answer questions about rate?
Rate is complicated, so it is best to suggest that we do a written proposal where we can explain how credit card processing works and exactly what fees will be charged. If the merchant has a current processor, it is ideal if they provide their two most recent statements for a free analysis. To provide those statements:
We guarantee we will beat their current rate with an existing provider or pay them $50 for their time. Rates start as low as 1.05% and go up to 3.0% depending on the customer card type.
Our pricing model explained:
Interchange Plus pricing is exclusively how we quote at Host Merchant Services. Interchange Plus, also known as Cost Plus, pricing gives the customer a fixed rate over published Interchange Fees. This pricing format is normally quoted as a discount rate (percentage fee) along with a per item or authorization fee. The great thing about Interchange Plus pricing is that you always know exactly what you are paying to your processor to services your account. Think of Interchange, and all the associated fees, as an unavoidable cost. No matter who you process with, you have to pay these fees. They may be labeled differently, or wrapped up in a confusing pricing tier, but one way or the other, you are paying Interchange fees. By understanding the markup you pay over Interchange, you know exactly what you pay to your processor and exactly what is going to the card associations. That allows you to make a decision on whether or not the markup seems reasonable for the service you get and choose your processing partner accordingly. We have further resources on pricing available.
- A two part blog series compared Interchange Plus Pricing to Tiered Pricing.
- Part 1 can be found here.
- Part 2 can be found here.
- And this article fully explains Merchant Services and pricing plans.
What countries can we process for?
Currently we can only process directly for customers in the US with a US bank account. However, we have referral
partners to handle merchants worldwide.
What types of merchants do we accept?
Any US based business or individual with a US bank account. We have solutions for retail, e-commerce, business-to-business, and just about anything you can think of. We integrate with most shopping carts, payment gateways, POS systems, and credit card terminals.
What if my customer has a termination fee with their current provider?
We will pay competitors termination fees, up to $250 guaranteed. We will pay up to $500 on a case by case basis for larger merchants (over $50,000 in monthly processing volume)
Can my customer use their existing equipment, software, or gateway?
Yes, in most cases. Sometimes version upgrades or replacements are required for PCI compliance, which we can assist with and subsidize for customers.
What about PCI Compliance?
Secure transactions are important for merchants and a key element of the customer service HMS provides. Host Merchant Services offers its customers and potential customers a PCI Compliance Incentive, which includes a free security scan, analysis and report. Our customers are auto-enrolled in our PCI Compliance program. There is a fee for PCI Compliance. The cost is $49.99 annually.
Also we have these resources available as well:
- You can find a PCI Compliance FAQ right here.
- And a step-by-step guide on becoming compliant right here.