Interchange plus pricing, sometimes called cost plus, is a way that payment processors price to merchants. There are other forms of pricing, such as flat rate and tiered. In the end, interchange plus is generally regarded as the most transparent and fair for merchants.
How interchange plus works
Interchange plus works like a cost plus model. You take the cost of the item and add a percentage markup. In payment processing, it means you take the standard cost (i.e interchange) from the card brands (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, etc) and add a percentage fee by the payment processor (i.e. Clearly Payments) for providing card processing services.
Why interchange plus is good for merchants
Interchange plus makes it essentially impossible to hide fees. Transparency and good rates are the benefit. Credit card pricing is very complex because there are so many interchange rates making it easy to hide fees, particularly with tiered pricing. In flat fee pricing, at least the rate is flat – you always get the same. However, there is padding in the flat pricing, so you will likely have a cheaper rate if you moved to interchange plus pricing.
How do you get interchange plus pricing
Interchange plus is the best type of merchant account pricing for merchants. It is the most transparent and allows for the lowest fees. This is the key reason Clearly Payments focuses on Interchange Plus. Sign up for Clearly Payments if you want more explanation or to get a free quote.