Monday, October 17, 2011

Domestic merchant account terminated? Time to go offshore!

Lately I have been hearing from alot of my online marketing clients that their domestic merchant account have either been terminated or they have been warned that it will happen soon. This is not at all surprising, in my opinion if you have a "continuity" or "free trial" or most recurring billing type of offers, then you really need to consider going offshore. Domestic banks do not want this business anymore, they are all getting out of it, either because of concerns from the FTC, high chargebacks, reputational risk or a combination of the above.

Even if you are running a very clean ship, have impeccable customer services - you are still in jeopoardy. The fact of the matter is, offshore is where you need to be and I can help you get there.

The problem is that alot of people are unfamiliar with offshore, and it might be scary but I think its even scarier to think about what will happen if you are giving notice that you are going to be be shut down and now you need to scramble. We work with stable banks who have been in this business for a long time and understand it. We make the process easy for you, and you will get paid.

The biggest complaints I get about offshore are below with my responses.

1 - Higher Decline Ratios. Yes it might be higher, but its really only SLIGHTLY higher. There isn't a huge difference and the peace of mind that comes along with knowing you can keep processing definitely makes up for it.

2 - Higher Cost - When you actually look at your effective rate you will see that what you are paying is not that much higher then the blended rate you would get offshore.

3. Longer settlement timing - Yes, its true that it might take longer to get paid, however it is negotiable and once you get some history, you can always request to be paid faster.

The large online marketers have started moving alot of their business offshore, if not all. If this is something you would like to learn more about, please contact me. I can help you out.

Be proactive, get a solution in please before you have to scramble.

If you have already been terminated, I will be happy to help.



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