5 Common Myths about Merchant Accounts Processing That Can Lead You Astray

5 Common Myths about Merchant Accounts Processing That Can Lead You Astray

When the matter is about monetary transactions on your e-store, suspicion is always there. After all, you are bestowing someone else with the responsibility of handling your customers’ money. Then there are concerns whether transactions are secured against fraudulent attempts or not?

Various myths regarding merchant accounts processing have been circulating in the merchant community. If you are planning to open a merchant account with a payment solutions company, you should know about the common myths that may negatively influence your decision. Let us take a look at them.

All Payment Processing Operators Are Scammers

There are many credible service providers who provide quality services. Their terms of service will be crystal clear. Moreover, they will not have long-term contracts that will unnecessarily bind the merchant for a long tenure. They will let you know about all type of charges beforehand.

The Biggest Is the Most Trustable

You must have heard about the established online payment platforms that are visible everywhere – in search engine ads, on social media, and in renowned blogs. Even some of your merchant friends must have told you about them. But guess what, the biggest is not always the best. There are other service providers who may offer better services at affordable prices.

The lesser-known merchant account processors are more committed to providing personalized solutions to the merchants. They may have a secure procedure for processing payments, may provide services at the best rates, may have better enterprise-level hardware and software, and may take less time to initialize the setup. So yes, you should be willing to consider payment service providers who haven’t made it big yet.

Processing Charges Are Too High

Most of the times, merchants are not aware of the processing charges. Moreover, they assume them to be very high, based on rumors. But this is not true. Depending on the business turnover, you can decide to opt for payment processing services. If you have a massive turnover, it is advisable to opt for a merchant account with a unique merchant number. If you are a small business merchant, opt for a payment service provider that enrolls you in a shared merchant account setup.

Yes, there are charges associated with merchant account service providers such as termination fees, interchange-plus or flat rates, retail rates, monthly charges, and so on. But if you consider your transaction volume, the charges may not be that much. However, discuss with the service provider before finalizing the contract.

They Are All the Same

No, they are not. There are three types of payment processing companies – merchant account providers, payment service providers, and payment gateway providers. The merchant account provider is basically concerned with providing a merchant account and it may also provide payment processing service with the assistance of a third-party processor. The payment service provider does not offer a dedicated merchant account. Instead, it clubs your business with other businesses on a single merchant account.

The last one, payment gateway providers may either provide both merchant account and payment processing or provide only payment processing service. As you can see, they are not at all the same.

Not Better Than Local Banks

Banks do not offer reliable merchant account services, which are necessary to operate a business seamlessly. They will not provide you with the freedom to collect payments via various means, the hardware and software may not match the industry standards, and there is no reliability when it comes to backend support. Processing charges might be low but services are not always up to the mark.


You should not be guided by myths and rumors. Get hold of the facts before making your decision. This was our attempt to clarify some doubts so that merchants like you can make decisions that are beneficial for their business.