Best High Volume Merchant Account Providers

What to Know Before Getting Started

High sales volume is a good thing for any business—unless, of course, we’re talking about credit card processing. Unfortunately, companies that experience regular sales surges, high average ticket amounts, or greater than $100,000 in monthly sales can find themselves dealing with fund holds, account freezes, irregular payment schedules, and data security liabilities if they sign up with the wrong merchant account provider. And since payment processors typically collect a percentage of each transaction, it doesn’t take long for costs to add up under an unfavorable contract. In fact, it’s not uncommon for large businesses to activate and implement a new company-wide payment processing solution only to discover after a few months that they’re stuck with outrageous monthly costs, poor service, and a long-term deal that is prohibitively expensive to cancel.

To help you avoid this problem, we’ve put together the following list of the top merchant account providers for high volume merchants. These processors are large and experienced enough to serve enterprise-level payment environments, and they’ve also earned reputations for fair, transparent pricing and quality customer service. Some of them offer a wide array of integrated business management solutions, while others are primarily focused on processing payments securely and cheaply. When discussing your business with these providers, you’ll want to be absolutely clear about your sales volume and payment patterns so that they can assign the correct parameters to your account. It’s also best to get in touch with more than one provider in order to compare pricing and services.

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Why These Merchant Account Providers

Fattmerchant

Active since early 2014, Fattmerchant is a merchant account provider leading the industry’s move toward flat-rate, subscription-style pricing. The company’s products and services include EMV-compatible countertop terminals, a virtual terminal, an online payment gateway, an online shopping cart, mobile phone processing, QuickBooks integration, online invoicing, and recurring billing. Fattmerchant is capable of serving all standard-risk high volume merchants and offers a comprehensive dashboard for tracking all payments and customers.

Fattmerchant offers multiple pricing plans with different rates. Merchants can select either a plan that charges a flat fee on all transactions or a plan that charges a fixed monthly fee plus a fixed per-transaction dollar amount above interchange. In other words, merchants can choose whether or not they are charged a percentage markup on each transaction. Fattmerchant currently has an “A” rating on CPO and an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

For more information, visit the Fattmerchant website, or call (866) 397-9826.

Host Merchant Services

Host Merchant Services is a Newark, Delaware-based merchant account provider that can serve general high volume business types as well as some high risk merchants. The company’s products and services include point-of-sale solutions (with specific packages for the restaurant, salon, professional service, and contractor sectors), online marketing tools, an online payment gateway and virtual terminal, mobile credit card processing, gift and loyalty programs, and offshore merchant accounts. Host Merchant Services specializes in e-commerce solutions and can provide a free website and email system to interested merchants.

Host Merchant Services has received only positive feedback on public forums, with most reviewers singling out the company’s customer service for praise. Host offers interchange-plus pricing with no early termination fees to all of its merchants, meaning that users will enjoy the most transparent pricing model and can cancel service without penalty. The BBB gives Host an “A+” rating, and CPO also gives the company an “A+.”

For more information, visit the Host Merchant Services website or call (888) 727-4538.

CDG Commerce

CDG Commerce is yet another positively reviewed processor on this list that offers month-to-month contracts, no early termination fee, few complaints, and excellent customer support. Privately owned and operated since 1998, CDG Commerce can provide processing solutions for organizations of all sizes.

CDG Commerce offers mobile and in-person card acceptance for the same fixed, low per-transaction rates, and its online processing costs only slightly more. The company provides a payment gateway that enables reporting, recurring billing, and built-in QuickBooks integration, which is essential for most small non-profits that need to stay on top of their accounting.

CDG Commerce provides phone support, live chat support, and email support to all of its organizations. The company currently has an “A+” rating with the BBB and an “A+” rating on CardPaymentOptions.com.

For more information, see the CDG Commerce Website or call (888) 393-1079.

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Why These Merchant Account Providers

Other Merchant Account Options

The providers below may not have been researched as thoroughly or may lack a quality that prevented them from being listed above. We have listed them to provide a broader view of potential merchant account options. Are you a decision maker with your company and want to be listed on this page? Tell us here.


Payline Data

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Payline Data is an excellent all-around merchant account provider that is able to serve high volume merchants in traditional and high risk sectors. The company’s products and features include traditional and tablet-based POS solutions, a QuickBooks-integrated online payment gateway, payment tokenization, online shopping carts, mobile processing, and customizable sales analytics.

Payline Data typically offers interchange-plus pricing with no early termination fees, which has resulted in a regular stream of positive reviews from merchants and third-party reviewers alike. Our review of Payline Data gives the company an “A+” rating, while the BBB gives Payline an “A” at this time.

Helcim

Based in Alberta, Canada, Helcim is another positively reviewed all-purpose processor that supplies in-person and online payment solutions to businesses in both the U.S. and Canada. Helcim’s products and services include a virtual terminal, traditional POS equipment, recurring billing, secure data storage and access, and a payment gateway that can be directly integrated with a website, shopping cart, billing system, or other application via an API. Like Cayan, Helcim is ideal for high volume merchants in standard-risk and low-risk industries.

Helcim is known for its transparent pricing structure (interchange-plus pricing with month-to-month agreements and no early termination fees) and frequently receives positive merchant feedback related to its sales and support staff. CardPaymentOptions.com gives Helcim an “A+” rating at this time, and the BBB also assigns Helcim an “A+.”

For more information, see the Helcim Website.

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My Qualifications

I'm a former credit card processing sales director who left the industry to start my own a small business. From the time that I starting working in the merchant services industry to when I left to write about it, I've been on the pulse of payments for nearly 15 years. It didn't seem fair to keep this insider knowledge to myself, so decided to build this website to help you research which providers to use and how to save money on rates and fees. I've reviewed hundreds of companies, read thousands of user reviews, and learned the pricing tricks of every provider. If you have questions about credit card processing, you can find the answers here. Simply scroll to the top of the page to find the search bar. You can also message me if you need any guidance.

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