Merchant accounts for auction companies

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Libby James is co-founder, director and an expert in all things merchant services. Libby is the go-to specialist for business with more complex requirements or businesses that are struggling to find a provider that will accept them. Libby is regularly cited in trade, national and international media.

Card processing for auctions explained

Consumer convenience and lower household budgets have had a direct effect on the huge boom within the online auction industry. When running what can be a profitable business, some find it hard to understand why securing an auction payment network becomes so tricky. The reason for this is that the industry is deemed high-risk due to the number of scams run to take advantage of customers. As a result, many business owners decide that it’s beneficial to use an offshore merchant account.

When searching for an online auction payment provider, it’s imperative you deal with experienced advisors within the high-risk sector. Expert advisors will know of the banks that you can apply to, and therefore increase your chances of being accepted.


Merchant account for penny auction

Penny auctions work slightly differently to a traditional auction online or in person. An item is listed normally at zero, then each bidder places an offer and pays upfront. Unlike traditional auctions, where there is only one winner, with a penny auction win or lose the bidder will still be charged. Penny auction merchant accounts can be difficult to secure, however if you speak with a high-risk industry expert they can help you with presenting your application and making sure you find the best deal available to your business.

Penny auction merchant accounts are deemed as high-risk due to the number of scams experienced within the industry. Prices are often driven up before the timer runs out with automated software. This makes some, but not all, banks apprehensive when accepting penny auction card processing applications.

Silent auction payment processing

Silent auctions are often associated with charity and fundraising. For these reasons alone it’s important to secure the very best merchant account and payment gateway. Don’t pay over the odds for our guide on silent auction credit card processing CLICK HERE

Merchant Advice Service top tips when sourcing auction payment methods

  • Create a model that an acquiring bank will approve at underwriting stage – if you need help with this our experts are waiting for your call!
  • Limit chargebacks – read our guide
  • Deal with industry and high-risk experts
  • Maintain compliant
  • Use a reputable payment gateway provider Finding a suitable account provider for your auction payments doesn’t need to be difficult.
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Libby James

Libby James Co-founded Merchant Advice Service alongside David Bird in 2016. Her finance background, coupled with retail and customer service experience, gave Libby the drive to bring transparency and non-biased advice to the world of merchant services. Having come from the heavily regulated mortgage and insurance industry, Libby found it puzzling that other financial sectors lacked regulation and transparency leaving customers confused and unable to make informed decisions when it came to accepting card payments. This was soon to become Libby’s obsession!

With the help of some of the industry’s best, Libby began to research acquiring banks, complex terminology/regulation, and the problems customers experience within merchant services and payment gateway markets. She spent years on sourcing solutions for complex clients, which previously others were unable to assist with. Libby established relationships with brokers and banks which would soon form the cornerstone of Merchant Advice Service. As a result Libby has been featured in high-profile publications across the web.

Libby is proud to be the entrepreneur’s champion, supporting start-up businesses regularly. Her industry insights can often be found on LinkedIn where she provides free of charge advice and money saving pointers. It’s safe to say she has her finger on the pulse of everything card payments related.

Libby speaks of her experience in founding and running Merchant Advice Service…

‘Merchant Advice Service is one of my greatest achievements to date. We help business owners to overcome card processing issues which can become detrimental to their business. We assist SME’s in finding suitable card payments solutions, helping them create their vision. Each and every day is different, exciting and fore filling. As technology advances I can’t wait to see the way in which the merchant services market advances, and I’m pleased that our business will play a part in educating company owners along the way.’

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