Electronic Transfer Credit Card Processing
Nationwide Credit Card Processing since 1989.
Electronic Transfer Credit Card Processing
Free Credit Card Processing Signup! Free Sign Up!
Credit Card Processing

Information on Credit Card Interchange

What is Credit Card Interchange Fee

Interchange fee is a term used in the payment card industry to describe a fee paid between banks for the acceptance of card based transactions. Usually it is a fee that a merchant's bank (the "acquiring bank") pays a customer's bank (the "issuing bank") however there are instances where the interchange fee is paid from the issuer to acquirer,

interchange fees

often called reverse interchange.

In a credit card or debit card transaction, the card-issuing bank in a payment transaction deducts the interchange fee from the amount it pays the acquiring bank that handles a credit or debit card transaction for a merchant. The acquiring bank then pays the merchant the amount of the transaction minus both the interchange fee and an additional, usually smaller fee for the acquiring bank or ISO, which is often referred to as a discount rate, an add-on rate, or passthru.

For cash withdrawal transactions at ATMs, however, the fees are paid by the card-issuing bank to the acquiring bank (for the maintenance of the machine).

These fees are set by the credit card networks, and are the largest component of the various fees that most merchants pay for the privilege of accepting credit cards, representing 75% to 85% of these fees by some estimates, although larger merchants typically pay less as a percentage. Interchange fees have a complex pricing structure, which is based on the card brand, regions or jurisdictions, the type of credit or debit card, the type and size of the accepting merchant, and the type of transaction (e.g. online, in-store, phone order, whether the card is present for the transaction, etc.). Further complicating the rate schedules, interchange fees are typically a flat fee plus a percentage of the total purchase price (including taxes). In the United States, the fee averages approximately 2% of transaction value.

Credit Card Interchange on Rewards Cards

As much as consumers love their reward credit cards, many merchants hate them.

Whenever you swipe a credit card, merchants get dinged for a interchange fee. And guess what? Those interchange fees go, in part, toward your credit cards rewards.

Credit card rewards contribute to the costs associated with card processing. And because merchants can't typically add a credit card surcharge, many charge higher prices than would otherwise be necessary.

Yes, merchants can mitigate these expenses by refusing credit cards entirely, or by choosing which cards they'll accept. Indeed, the fact that American Express isn't as widely accepted as other card types is primarily due to their higher costs.

Non profit credit card processing - Merchant AccountMerchant AccountsInternet Merchant AccountRetail Merchant AccountInternet Non profit credit card processing Credit Card Processing


1. Zero Set Up Fees
2. Live Person Support
3. No Application Fees
4. No Hidden Fees
5. Very Low Rates
6. Over 30 Years Experience
7. BBB A+ Rated
8. Free Fraud Screening
9. Fast Funding to Your Bank
10. We're Nice to You!

1. Free Online Virtual Terminal
2. Free Recurring Billing
3. Free Batch Processing
4. Free Fraud Prevention
5. Free Shopping Cart
6. Free Secure Order Page
7. Free Daily Batching
8. Free Address Verification
9. Free Country Blocking
10. Free Donation Billing

1. Retail Merchants
2. Internet Payment Solutions
3. Memberships
4. Mobile Trade Shows
5. Gov't Agencies
6. E-Commerce Merchants
7. Wireless Merchants
8. Firearms Dealers
9. Auction Merchants
10. Plus Many More!

"When I set up my online subscription service, I searched for a merchant account company with comprehensive credit card processing and found Electronic Transfer. Their merchant account service is great, the costs are very low, and the interface tools are very easy-to-use."
John Edelson
Online Learning & Games
www.time4learning.com

payment processing
Copyright © Electronic Transfer, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Electronic Transfer, Inc. is a Registered ISO/MSP of Westamerica Bank, Santa Rosa, CA.

Electronic Transfer, Inc. offers merchant accounts and credit card processing to accept Credit Cards. ETI has helped merchants with their Credit Card Processing since 1989 - This web page is about Merchant Accounts, Hypercom, Credit Card Processing, Virtual Terminals, Card-Swipe Terminals, VeriFone, Website Payment Processing, Secure Gateway, Wireless Credit Card Terminals and iPhone Credit Card Systems.