Month: February 2012

Visa, MasterCard Add New Fees

The Official Merchant Services Blog has just learned that Visa and MasterCard are planning to add new processing fees in the coming months — fees specifically targeted toward Debit Card Swipe transactions. These new fees, which we are consolidating and dubbing as “Card Association Fees” are going to complicate the pricing process for Merchant Services …

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Durbin Amendment Fallout

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog offers a really quick update on the fallout from The Durbin Amendment. You’ll recall Host Merchant Services offered a thorough analysis of the legislation before it took effect. Much of the current media coverage for this topic revolves around something we predicted in that analysis: “The banks, not wanting …

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The BBB and HMS

Today’s blog is coming to you straight from Host Merchant Services. We received in our mail today a brand spanking new copy of the 2012 BBB Buyer’s Guide: A Directory of BBB Accredited Businesses in Delaware. Hotness! Lo and behold, Host Merchant Services is included in their directory. There we are, page 19, under the …

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1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

We’ve been covering Mobile Payments here at The Official Merchant Services Blog since the very beginning. In fact, the Article Archive at Host Merchant Services has extensive coverage of the topic as well. It’s just too sexy a topic — everybody loves the allure of gadgets — and too fascinating a financial prediction — folks …

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Partial Payments Reminder

Today The Official Merchant Services Blog is going to step off its SOPA soap box and return to a much more focused and specific topic — Partial Payment Authorization. In November, 2011 Partial Payment Authorization was mandated by MasterCard and Discover. This mandate requires merchants to support partial payments on their terminals. Host Merchant Services …

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SOPA: Rebuttal of RIAA Opinion Pt. 2

This is part 2 of The Official Merchant Services Blog‘s rebuttal of this New York Times Op-Ed piece titled “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You” written by Cary H. Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music labels. The Real Slim Shady Mr. Sherman in his article goes on to accuse Wikipedia of spreading misinformation. He …

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