YapStone Review


Overall Rating Breakdown
Sales & Marketing Tactics
Costs & Contract Terms
Complaints & Service
BBB Rating

YapStone Overall Rating

Last Updated: February 3, 2014

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YapStone Overview

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YapStone Inc. (yapstone.com) is a global epayment merchant account provider offering cloud-based web and mobile payment processing. There is some evidence that the company is an ISO of Chase Paymentech. Formerly known as Paymerica, YapStone was founded in 1999 and primarily serves the housing and non-profit industries. YapStone offers multiple variations on its RentPayment processing platform, including VacationRentPayment, HolidayRentPayment, StorageRentPayment, InnPayment, DuesPayment, and ParishPay. The company’s payment platform offers real-time reporting and acceptance for electronic checks and debit/credit cards. Yapstone is located at 2033 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, California 94596 and is a registered ISO/MSP of Wells Fargo Bank NA in Walnut Creek, California.

YapStone Sales & Marketing Tactics | A

YapStone appears to market RentPayment through a combination of telemarketing and inside sales agents. At this time, YapStone does not appear to employ independent sales agents. We are also unable to locate any negative YapStone reviews that mention the company’s sales team at this time, although we did find one complaint alleging deceptive rate representation by the company when it went by the name Paymerica. RentPayment’s website does not appear to engage in any deceptive advertising tactics, but we have located some complaints from RentPayment customers expressing confusion about fee structure and how to schedule payments through the service, which occasionally led to overcharges. These complainants do not appear to have been merchants, so it is unlikely that merchants are experiencing similar difficulties understanding their agreements.

YapStone Costs & Contract Terms | A

As of this update, the standard YapStone contract terms are unclear. The company is likely reselling Chase Paymentech contracts, but this is unverified at the present. We are unable to locate any RentPayment complaints that specifically complain about the contract terms at this time, indicating that most of the company’s clients are satisfied with their rates and fees. One old complaint filed against Paymerica mentions an undisclosed two-year service length with an early termination fee of $250, but these terms may have changed since then. If you have any knowledge of the standard YapStone merchant agreement (including any possible termination fees or PCI Compliance fees), please leave that information in the comment section of this review.

YapStone Complaints & Service | B

As of this update, we are unable to locate any YapStone complaints that accuse the company of being a ripoff or a scam. Most available complaints about the company have been posted by renters regarding its RentPayment service. These complainants express confusion over the company’s policies or irritation with having to pay fees in order to use a credit card to pay their rent. These issues should not affect rental industry merchants beyond the possibility that their tenants might be dissatisfied with the service. Additionally, we have located numerous complaints by current and former YapStone employees who describe a taxing work schedule and low workplace morale. Like the renter complaints, these issues may only indirectly affect merchants, as unhappy employees tend to provide subpar service. Overall, though, YapStone has a fairly low complaint rate and does not appear to provide poor service to merchants.

YapStone BBB Report | B+ (CPO Adjusted)

YapStone Inc. is not an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). As of this review, the company’s profile appears to have been combined with that of RentPayment and shows an “A+” rating. The company has had 23 complaints filed against it in the last 36 months. Of the complaints, two were filed regarding an advertising and sales issue, nine were in relation to problems with products or services, and the remaining 12 stemmed from billing and collection disputes. YapStone successfully resolved 20 of the 23 complaints, but three complainants report being dissatisfied with the company’s response despite what the BBB determines was a good-faith effort by YapStone. Given the information available, we have slightly adjusted the BBB’s rating to a “B+.”

Bottom Line

YapStone rates as a reliable merchant account provider according to our system. We do not currently have a great deal of specific information about the company’s contract terms, but YapStone and its RentPayment platform are showing a low-to-moderate amount of public complaints online. Many of these complaints are only loosely tied to the company’s merchant services offerings. Even when dealing with a highly rated company, merchants are advised to carefully examine all contract terms presented to them.

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YapStone Review

Rated 4.0625 Out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Phillip Parker
Reviewed on 2014-02-03 09:41:48

UPDATED: Feb 3, 2014 – As of this update, we are unable to locate any YapStone complaints that accuse the company of being a ripoff or a scam… YapStone (yapstone.com) rates as a reliable merchant account provider according to our system. We do not currently have a great deal of specific information about the company’s contract terms… Learn more in this YapStone review.

 

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  1. Leslie Walker

    This company will not properly represent you if you have a client dispute charges on their credit card. I had a “guest (Tim Conrad ) check in to my rental property who agreed online at the time of booking and again upon arrival in writing that there were no pets and no more than 6 people to be on the property. Shortly after checking in, he had 9-10 dogs in my house and 9 people! I provided the contract as well as photos of the dog pooping in my yard and the extra people and Yapstone allowed his credit card company to take my funds back because we asked them to leave. I lost the income from a fourth of July rental as well as having to pay $200 to have the house cleaned since they had already been all over the beds and the house. I would like to know who would allow someone to stay in their home with 9-10 dogs and 9 people rather than the agreed upon 6.

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  2. Bryan

    This company will take your funds from you paying guests for a vacation rental and not release them to you for extended periods of time as in weeks. I would highly recommend not using yapstone in Walnut Creek California but using a different merchant banking service with reputable practices such as Costco credit card merchant processing or directly with a bank such as Wells Fargo or US Bank that does credit card merchant processing.

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  3. Harrington

    Their website provides dark-pattern. It NEVER shows how much you have to pay for the service until you waste a lot of time entering your personal information and credit card information.
    At the last minute, it tells you that you have to pay over $16 dollars to make a payment.

    WHY NOT PUT THAT INFORMATION RIGHT ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THE WEB SITE?

    I would not recommend this site. Stay way from it.

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  4. Patty Lopes

    This company is fraudulent they just stole $2625 out of my account…. Beware

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    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Patty,

      Can you provide some more detail about your experience? Otherwise, this review will be deleted.

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