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Internet Merchant Account
An Internet merchant account is an important part of your Internet based business. An Internet merchant account is an account that a business sets up with an acquirer that allows them to accept credit card payments on the Internet. When a customer chooses to pay for their purchase using a credit card, the acquirer makes sure that the funds get transferred from the customer's bank account to the merchant's account. When done via the Internet, it is the acquirer's job to make sure that the transaction is secure, putting neither the customer nor the business at risk of having their bank accounts and identity compromised.

To set up an Internet merchant account, you will have to have a checking account for your business. This gives the Internet merchant account a place to deposit your funds when a transaction occurs. Then you will contact your acquiring institution, or the acquirer you wish to use, and have them set up your Internet merchant account. Once it is in place, you are ready to set up your website to accept credit card purchases. Many times the company that you have your account through can help you set up your website properly.

If you already have a merchant account, you may be able to turn it into an Internet merchant account, if your acquirer has this capability. Whether you use your existing merchant account or set up a new one, you can expect to pay some fees. Each acquiring institution has a different fee schedule that they charge their clients, so you should contact them to find out what fees to expect. If you feel the fees are too high, you may want to shop around for a different Internet merchant account provider.


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