Pricing Philosophy


There are two primary components to the processing industry’s cost; Interchange and Assessments (I&A).


Interchange is the portion of the discount rate that all processors must collect and pay to the cardholder’s issuing bank.  There are over 1,000 line items.  The Interchange rate changes depending on:


  •  Card brand; American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa
  • Type of card; Debit, Pre-Paid, Credit, Business, or Rewards
  • Merchant industry
  • How the card is processed; swiped, keyed, or includes enhanced data


Assessments are the fees that are collected and paid to the card brands; Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.  Together (I&A) represents the wholesale cost to every processor in the country.


Our customers can choose their pricing method.  We have some clients who prefer Tiered Pricing to simplify their statement.  However, it is our opinion that Cost Plus a/k/a Pass Through pricing is better for merchants.


Cost Plus pricing shows each level of Interchange on the statement.  We educate our clients on the various levels of Interchange.  By doing so, they become more profitable as they can recognize when the right data is not entered..


Frankly, our industry is “crazy”.  There are so many rates and different pricing methodologies it is almost impossible for many merchants to know what they are actually paying.


Working with a Trusted Payments Partner insures you will receive competitive pricing and quality service.  CapitalQ has been a Trusted Payments Partner to our merchant family since 1992.


What's in Your Terminal?

Credit card processing statements can be confusing.  You shouldn’t have to hire a CPA to determine what you’re actually paying.


Are You Leaving Money in Your Terminal?

Many customers believed they had a good discount rate until we completed a detailed analysis.


Often times the rate merchants see on their statement is only a small component of what is actually billed.


We’ll analyze your statement and review your processes to insure you’re getting the best rate available, protecting card data and expose any inefficiencies.



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