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GS Online MLS Forum member SALTWATER was curious about how various ISOs and processors were planning to address the major card brands' April 2013 interchange adjustments. SALTWATER asked three questions: 1. What are the big updates? 2. Are you making adjustments to your entire portfolio? 3. Are you marking these up?
Following are excerpts from the discussion that ensued on the MLS Forum:
"We made no adjustments. It looked like most of the adjustments involved prepaid debit. We don't do a lot of prepaid, and we make a pretty nice margin across our portfolio. So, we absorbed the increases."
"Capital Bankcard won't be marking up our accounts. For our interchange accounts, the increase, of course, will be passed through directly with all of the normal interchange fees, but there won't be any mark-up on our side. We usually try to ensure that these little periodic increases don't affect our merchants any more than they actually have to. When I've been asked questions regarding how to broach the topic with merchants, I usually advise that they explain that, yes, on occasion the interchange categories themselves will be raised, but that is solely a function of true cost, and doesn't have any corollary to what we, as a company, are charging."
"Tons of prepaid card products are popping up. The new acronym is GPR: general purpose reloadable card. These are being marketed heavily to the unbanked and underbanked as alternatives to traditional bank DDA products, and most even offer direct deposit capabilities, like the AmEx/Wal-Mart Bluebird product. Remember that you have no control over this expense element in your portfolio. If you have merchants on tiered pricing and their card mix shifts more toward prepaid, it may negatively impact your margins. Put a note on your calendar sometime this summer to run a new card type analysis on your portfolio."
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