|Sales & Marketing|
|Costs & Contract|
|Complaints & Service|
Approval Payment Solutions (apsolutions.net) is a merchant account provider headquartered in Boonville, Indiana. The company is partnered with Vantiv for its processing network. Founded in 1998, Approval Payment Solutions is a registered ISO/MSP of First National Bank of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Allan Noe is listed as the president of Approval Payment Solutions, which is located at 120 W Locust St, Boonville, Indiana 47601-1520.
|Approval Products and Services||Industries Served|
|Key Points – Sales & Marketing|
|Uses independent resellers?||Yes|
|Promotes deceptive rate quotes?||No|
|Discloses all important terms?||No|
Approval Payment Solutions appears to utilize strategic partnerships and independent sales agents to market its services. The use of independent sales agents can often result in an elevated complaint rate for a company, as these sales representatives are usually motivated to sign merchants up for the most expensive contract terms possible. We are currently able to locate one Approval Payment Solutions complaint from 2011 that describes aggressive sales tactics and nondisclosure of contract terms. To its credit, the company does not appear to engage in deceptive advertising strategies in its official materials.
|Key Points – Costs & Contract Terms|
|PCI compliance fee:||Variable|
Approval Payment Solutions appears to offer a three-year agreement with automatic renewal for two-year terms. There is also an undisclosed early termination fee associated with Approval Payment Solutions contracts, although this amount is likely to be close to the standard $250-$295 amount offered by Vantiv. We are currently unable to locate any mention of PCI Compliance fees or monthly minimum fees, but it is likely that these are included in the company’s contract as well. According to the Better Business Bureau, the company also appears to lock its credit card terminals to prevent “slamming,” which can lead to some frustration among merchants who don’t understand why their terminal is locked.
One merchant complaint in the comment section of this review cites a $375 early termination fee, while a complaint on another review website mentions a long-term equipment lease. Overall, the company’s contract terms appear to be squarely within the average industry parameters, and we are therefore awarding Approval Payment Solutions a “C” at this time.
|Key Points – Complaints & Service|
|Live customer support:||Yes|
|Most common complaint:||N/A|
We are currently able to locate only two non-BBB Approval Payment Solutions complaints, and neither complaint calls the company a ripoff or a scam. One complainant reports deceptive sales tactics by an agent and poor customer service when trying to correct the situation. Another complainant was charged a $375 early termination fee that they were not expecting. It is worth noting that because Approval Payment Solutions is partnered with Vantiv, some complaints intended for Approval Payment Solutions might get redirected to the online profiles of the larger company. The Approval Payment Solutions website lists dedicated phone numbers and email addresses for customer support, but it’s unclear whether these support channels lead to Approval or to Vantiv.
|Key Points – BBB Report|
Approval Payment Solutions is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau. As of this review, the company has an “A+” rating with the BBB and has had 14 complaints filed against it in the last 36 months. Nine of the complaints stemmed from problems with products or services, four from billing or collection issues, and one from advertising or sales issues. Of the total complaints, APS successfully resolved 11. The remaining three complaints were not resolved to the customer’s satisfaction. Taking into consideration the company’s relatively small size and average resolution ratio, we have adjusted the BBB’s rating to a “B” for the purposes of this review.
* Denotes CPO-adjusted BBB score
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This review was originally published on 3/12/13 and was last updated on 4/23/15.
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