Redstone Payment Solutions Review

Overview

Redstone Payment Solutions (redstonepaymentsolutions.com) is a merchant account provider serving most standard risk business types. Redstone appears to be a reseller of First Data‘s merchant services. Founded in 2009, the company is headquartered at 10406 Lake Rd., Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77070. Redstone Payment Solutions, LLC, is a registered ISO/MSP of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Walnut Creek, California. Larry Petru is listed as the president and CEO of Redstone Payment Solutions.

Redstone Payment Solutions Products and Services

Industries

  • Retail
  • MOTO
  • Mobile
  • E-commerce
  • Gas station
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Sales & Marketing

Key Points - Sales & Marketing

Employs Independent Resellers Yes
Advertises Deceptive Rates No
Discloses All Important Terms No

Redstone Payment Solutions appears to utilize telemarketing and independent sales agents to market its services. This hiring practice can often produce an untrained, unregulated sales team, which is in turn linked to elevated complaint rates among merchants. In this case, we are able to locate multiple Redstone Payment Solutions that mention persistent sales calls and nondisclosure of contract terms by the company’s sales agents, specifically with regard to the company’s contract length and early termination fee. It appears that these issues may stem from the conduct of independent sales agents, as the company itself does not engage in deceptive advertising strategies in its official materials and even provides its program guide online for anyone to view.

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Costs & Contract

Key Points - Costs & Contract

Swiped Rate Variable
Keyed-in Rate Variable
Early Termination Fee $495+
PCI Compliance Fee Variable
Equipment Lease Terms Variable

According to the company’s program guide (available below), the standard Redstone Payment Solutions contract is a three-year agreement with automatic renewal for one to three years after the initial term and a Liquidated Damages early termination fee. This fee is equal to either $495 or a merchant’s average monthly costs multiplied by the number of remaining months in the contract, whichever is greater. Multiple merchants report being charged thousands of dollars upon cancellation, confirming that the company does enforce this fee. Interestingly, some complainants have taken to online forums to request the right to “only” pay a standard early termination fee of $295 or less. It is a bad sign for a company’s contract terms when merchants are requesting to pay a $295 termination fee rather than the one in the contract.

Some complaints also mention a monthly minimum fee of $40, but we have not found any specific details regarding the company’s transaction rates. If you have any knowledge of these costs, please share that information in the comment section below this review. See the Redstone Payment Solutions Program Guide.

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Complaints & Service

Key Points - Complaints & Service

Total Online Complaints 30+
Live Customer Support Yes
Most Common Complaint Termination Fees

We are currently able to locate approximately 30 Redstone Payment Solutions complaints on this and other non-BBB consumer protection websites, and some of these complaints describe the company as a scam or a ripoff. Common themes among complainants include high early termination fees of $3,000-$5,000, nondisclosure of contract length, fund holds, and unavailable customer service. The content of these complaints has lowered the company’s grade more so than the number of complaints. The Redstone Payment Solutions website lists a dedicated phone number for customer support.

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BBB

Key Points - BBB

Product & Service Complaints 4
Billing & Collection Complaints 13
Advertising & Sales Complaints 1
Guarantee & Warranty Complaints 0
Delivery Complaints 2

Note: We have adjusted this company’s BBB rating according to our own standards. To better understand why we adjust BBB ratings, please see our Rating Criteria.

Redstone Payment Solutions has been an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau since 2011 and holds a “A+” rating at the time of this review. Of its 20 merchant complaints, 13 are regarding billing and collection disputes, four have to do with product and service problems, two are related to delivery issues, and one is categorized as an advertising or sales issue. Eight complaints have been resolved to the merchants’ satisfaction, while the remaining 12 either were resolved to the dissatisfaction of the merchant or did not receive a final response from the merchant. Given the content of the complaints, the volume of complaints, and the company’s resolution ratio, we have adjusted the BBB’s grade to a “B.”

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Redstone Payment Solutions Bottom Line

Redstone Payment Solutions rates as an average merchant account provider according to our rating system. The company has a low complaint rate that is roughly proportionate to its size and time in business, but the content of these complaints seems to indicate that it charges a very high early termination fee. Additionally, the company has seen an increase in complaints in the last year or two, which is a negative trend. Redstone Payment’s overall rating may improve or diminish as more information is confirmed about its contract terms.

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13 Reviews Leave Your Review Below

  1. One of the worst processing companies out there. How this website gave them 3 out of 4 stars is beyond me. They have a $4,000 cancellation fee. They have rates that are over 4%. Stay far far away from this company.

  2. Wow….Redstone has taken a lot of money from people…including me!!! In order to talk to anyone on the phone you have to go through numerous telephone prompts to push 1 for…. Push 2 for… And so on and so on. When you do finally get to talk to someone they are extremely rude and want to talk over you the entire time you are trying to discuss your complaint with them!! I’m not one to write a negative review but I have nothing good to same about this company!!! I called them to discuss an early cancellation of my contract and they said it would be almost $1700.00. They also said I would have to send in a written letter of cancellation. Just a few days after this conversation they decided just to withdraw the money from my account without me even knowing. I would not recommend them to anyone!!!

  3. likes to spam callers. if they’re already doing that, how are they like when they have you as a customer? avoid.

  4. after being with them for 3 1/2 years when I went to cancel the auto renew puts you in a contract perpetually so you have to pay a fee. $500 for 8 months of contract I am not using. The variable rates for charges are impossible to keep up with or argue. So glad Paypal & Square are showing what credit card processing fees SHOULD look like. All these behind the scenes fees should be an embarrassment to credit card companies. Good riddance


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  5. Why?? Why would anyone do business with this company?!? I do believe the testimonies above regarding good service and such. However, it is so very clear that these guys would never fully disclose their early cancellation fee or NO ONE would sign up! We cancelled four months shy of our agreed upon term and we were charged an early termination fee of $2,600.00!! Seriously? This is clearly a good reason to not sigh up with Redstone. You never know what might happen and if you go out of business, or get a significantly lower rate and cancel with them, they put it to you. When they (or any other processor) tells you the cancellation is $495.00 simply ask them to show you in writing and to explain any other “stipulation” that could cost you more at cancellation. There are just to many otherprocessors out there who have a great product, service and no cancellation fee to mess with these guys.

  6. My business has used Redstone Payment Solutions for years and we have always received consistently stellar customer service. Every department from their technical support team to their merchant funding program has been practically effortless to work with. We get regular solicitations from other processors promising to save us money. I have used several processors in the past and the customer service has usually been a nightmare until we switched to RPS. I have absolutely no intention to ever switch again!

  7. Higher rates than competitors prompted me to contact Redstone. They reduced my rates but not enough to make a difference. Then I received a letter telling me my rates would be going up and if I disagreed that I could terminate their service contract. I got what I hope is a better company but Redstone won’t let go. Rude, aggressive acct manager has called me several times because I let them charge me the minimum of $40. Now they have charged my acct $700 for acct closure. This is a low class company with low class tactics.

  8. This Company is to be avoided- as customers for several loyal years- they use every means
    to try and hold back payments for monthes and tie up your money of which you have no
    recourse – you will be imprisoned –

  9. An absolute rip off. Do not do business with these guys seemed very helpful at first but once I told them I was going somewhere else for my processing they billed me $495 for cancellation fees I had not received any equipment nor had I processed even 1 transaction. I told them not to send me any equipment they did anyway (which I refused) to try to justify the cancellation fees.

  10. Redstone Payment solutions is quite the scam. Our original contract was with Woodforest whom Redstone acquired. When the switch took place our business account was a nighmare. Deposits werent matching, debit cards werent being credited. If you call them, they say they will look into it and call you back. They never call back. We were losing hundreds of dollars every month. We finally switched companies only to find out that Redstone had deducted 4995.00 out of our bank account as a termination fee. We never signed a contract with Redstone. Woodforest said their termination fee was $495.00. These people need to be looked in to.

  11. I signed up with Red Stone in January of 2010. I must say I have switched merchants before but this was the smoothest, easiest , convenient and pleasant experience I have had. The agent was punctual, professional, she did not try to sell me new equipment I did not need but saved me 1500 $$ a year. I stayed with this company in spite of other merchants wanting my business because I had NO problems and if I had a question I called my agent and she always returned my phone call promptly. I would recommend Redstone for any new or existing business needing these services.

    A Satisfied Customer

    Joe Mullinax

  12. Our RV dealership had signed on with Redstone Payment Solutions of Houston, Texas for our credit card processing in April of 2009 for a three year contract which ended in April 2012. In August 2012 our business had decided to change our credit card processing to another company whose fees and cost of doing business with were less than those of Redstone’s. The new credit card processing company would reimburse us for the usual and customary termination fee of up to $295. On November 9, 2012, our accountant was reconciling our monthly business for September and found that the amount of $3365.00 had been withdrawn from our account by Redstone Payment Solutions. The last credit card transaction through Redstone was on August 28, 2012. I contacted Redstone Payment Solutions and initially spoke with Sarah Feurguson who referred me to a man by the name of Jason, who is in charge of determining termination fees. Jason indicated to me that our account automatically renewed for an additional 3 years. There was no indication that an automatic renewal was pending as of April 2012 in any statements from December 2011 through April 2012, only that there were new upcoming fees that would be implemented soon. Evidently it is not a business practice of Redstone Payment Solutions to advise their customers of additional 3 year contract renewal. In talking to Sekurecard Services, in their credit card process experience they have never seen such extremely excessive termination fees slammed on a business for “liquidated damages” or a contract renewal without advance notification. Good Times Unlimited requests a settlement to address the formal complaints with a return of funds to our account in the amount of $3070 resulting in a termination fee paid to Redstone Payment Solutions of $295.

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