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Swipe RIGHT: Tips for Keeping Credit Card Transaction Fees in Check

Swipe fees on credit card transactions may seem small, but they can add up quickly, and many small businesses feel like they have no choice but to pass on the costs to their customers through higher prices.

The Merchants Payments Coalition estimates that swipe fees cost the average American at least $900 in 2021, and the U.S. has some of the highest fees in the world.  The Federal Reserve estimates that it costs banks an average of 4 cents to process a transaction, regardless of the total ticket cost. This is down from about 8 cents per transaction a decade ago. While the central bank doesn’t have the same data for credit card transactions, the processes for debit and credit cards are similar.

As a smoke shop owner, you may be feeling the pinch of swipe fees, which can eat into your profit margins. But don’t worry, there are ways to offset these costs and keep your business in the black (and your customers happy). Check out these tips we’ve put together to help you out!

  • Educate your customers: Be upfront and let them know about the costs associated with different payment methods, and encourage them to use cash or debit cards whenever possible.
  • Offer cash discounts: Encourage customers to pay with cash by offering a small discount on their purchases. This can help offset the cost of swipe fees and make your prices more competitive.
  • Consider surcharges: You may be able to pass on the cost of swipe fees to customers who choose to pay with credit cards by adding a surcharge to those transactions. Just be sure to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Negotiate with your payment processor: Shop around and compare rates from different payment processors, and don’t be afraid to negotiate for better fees. You may be able to get a better deal by switching to a different provider or by renegotiating your existing contract.

By implementing these strategies, you can help offset the cost of swipe fees and keep your prices competitive, while still offering your customers the convenience of paying with credit cards.

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