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When It Comes to Merchant Services, "Buy Local"

When It Comes to Merchant Services, “Buy Local”

“Going with what seems to be the lowest price quote you can find might end up producing the lowest value, too.” – Merchant Maverick Merchant Maverick wrote an article on the Top 5 Most Common Complaints Against Merchant Service Providers, talking about everything from bad customer service to outlandish leasing agreements. As a local, Anchorage-based …

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"Competitive Rates!" A Comparison of the Top 4 Pricing Models in the Industry

“Competitive Rates!” A Comparison of the Top 4 Pricing Models in the Industry

Merchant services providers are notorious for claiming that they can beat your rates. “It doesn’t matter who your current provider is,” they say in a cold sales call to your business, “we guarantee that we can beat their rates and save your business money!” Sometimes they can, but sometimes they use dubious pricing schemes to …

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Cut to the Chase: An Introduction to Credit Card Processing Fees

Cut to the Chase: An Introduction to Credit Card Processing Fees

Ah, credit card processing fees. They can be the bane of a small business owner’s existence. Unclear pricing models and long lists of ill-defined line items have left many a merchant feeling frustrated, confused, and downright disillusioned. It doesn’t help that myriads of unethical merchant service providers have used these tactics to their advantage. Exhausted …

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What Does a Merchant Service Provider Do?

What Does a Merchant Service Provider Do?

If you are a new business owner researching credit card processing, you have probably been bombarded by an overload of advertising and marketing pieces from merchant service providers asking for your business. You may be wondering, “What does a merchant service provider even do?” Merchant Service Providers (MSPs) have three primary functions that assist businesses …

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Customer Loyalty Programs: Are They Really That Important?

Maybe you are a new business owner full of fresh energy and big ideas for the future success of your business. Maybe you are a long-time Alaska business professional who wants to boost your offer. Whatever the case may be, your research has brought you here, which means you must be asking the question, “Should my …

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Square: Is There a Better Alternative for Alaskans?

Square: Is There a Better Alternative for Alaskans?

Square has become the go-to credit card processing solution for many Alaskan businesses. Free readers, easy-to-understand rates, and quick setup have made Square the “convenient choice” for Alaskan business owners looking to get their POS systems up and running FAST. But what happens after the setup, when the hype of freebies is gone and day-to-day business operations …

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