Redwood Merchant Services 2023: Reviews & Complaints
Redwood Merchant Services Payment Processing
Redwood Merchant Services processes all major debit and credit cards. Their services include POS systems, fraud protection, and data reporting and analysis.
Mobile Payment Solutions
In response to the growing demand for flexible and mobile payment options, Redwood Merchant Services offers mobile payment processing solutions. These services are designed to integrate with most mobile devices, thereby allowing businesses to securely process transactions from virtually anywhere. This feature is particularly useful for businesses that have a mobile component or often operate outside a traditional storefront, such as food trucks, outdoor events, or pop-up shops.
E-commerce Payment Processing
Recognizing the vast potential of online commerce, Redwood Merchant Services offers robust e-commerce solutions. These solutions include secure online payment gateways that encrypt data to ensure the security of online transactions. The company’s e-commerce solutions are designed to provide seamless integration with most online shopping carts and platforms, allowing businesses to offer a streamlined online checkout experience for their customers.
Beyond payment processing, Redwood Merchant Services provides point-of-sale (POS) systems. These systems are designed to handle various business operations, from managing sales transactions to tracking inventory levels and generating detailed sales reports. This all-in-one system allows businesses to centralize their operations, thus increasing their efficiency and productivity.
Gift and Loyalty Card Programs
As part of its services portfolio, Redwood Merchant Services offers gift and loyalty card programs. These programs enable businesses to issue branded gift cards and implement loyalty schemes that reward repeat customers. By offering these programs, businesses can incentivize customer loyalty, potentially increasing their repeat business and overall customer retention.
Merchant Cash Advances
Lastly, Redwood Merchant Services offers merchant cash advances, a form of business financing that provides businesses with immediate access to funds based on their future credit card sales. This service offers a solution for businesses in need of quick capital, providing a cash advance that is repaid through a portion of future credit card transactions.
Location & Ownership
Redwood Merchant Services utilizes First Data (now Fiserv) for its processing network. Redwood Merchant Services is a division of Westamerica Bank and is located at 3750 Westwind Boulevard, Suite 210, Santa Rosa, CA. David Payne is the CEO of Westamerica Bank, and the BBB lists Scott Tucker as the principal for Redwood.
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Redwood Merchant Services Customer Reviews
Here's What Their Clients Say
|Total Online Complaints||<10|
|Live Customer Support||Yes|
|Most Common Complaint||Fund-Holds|
Low Complaint Total
We are currently able to locate at least seven negative Redwood Merchant Services reviews, a few of which accuse the company of being a scam or a ripoff. As noted above, nearly all of these complaints are related to sudden and unauthorized holds placed on funds, usually as part of Redwood’s fraud prevention or cancellation policies. A few complainants expressed difficulty canceling the service, which may simply be an extension of the problems with fund withholding. Most of these complaints are over three years old, indicating that the company may have improved its communication regarding this issue in recent years. If you have your own Redwood Merchant Services review to make, please do so in the comments below.
Redwood Merchant Services Lawsuits and Fines
We have not found any outstanding class-action lawsuits or FTC complaints filed against Redwood Merchant Services. Dissatisfied clients who wish to pursue a non-litigious course of action against the company should consider reporting it to the relevant supervisory organizations.
Redwood Merchant Services Customer Support
The Redwood Merchant Services website lists dedicated phone lines for customer support, but the company currently does not qualify as a top-rated processor for customer service.
Redwood Merchant Services Customer Service Numbers
- (800) 939-9942 – Toll-Free Customer Service
- (800) 228-0210 – Fiserv Customer Support (account numbers beginning with “4”)
- (800) 552-8227 – TSYS Customer Support (account numbers ending in “9”)
- (800) 347-6007 – RMS Sales
Other Support Options
- Customer support email address at [email protected]
Redwood Merchant Services Online Ratings
Here's How They Rate Online
Online Ratings Summary
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.
Under 10 BBB Complaints
Redwood Merchant Services holds no rating with the BBB and has had 0 complaints filed against it in the last 36 months. As of this review, its parent company, Westamerica Bank, holds a “B-” rating with the BBB and has had 5 complaints filed against it in the last 36 months.
What Merchants Say
Redwood has also received 1 informal review on its BBB profile, but it appears that the review in question was posted in error to the profile and is actually meant for a company with a similar name.
A “C” Performance
Given the company’s complaint rate and resolution ratio, we have slightly adjusted the BBB’s grade to a “C.” Business owners should be aware that there are good reasons to be skeptical of the BBB’s rating criteria.
Redwood Merchant Services Fees, Rates & Costs
A Closer Look at The Contract
|Monthly & Annual Fees||Unclear|
|Processing Rates||1.00% - 4.99%|
|Equipment Lease Terms||Unclear|
Redwood Merchant Services Pricing
According to the Redwood Merchant Services merchant agreement (available below), the company’s standard contract is a 24-month agreement with a $295 early termination fee. There is no mention in this document or in merchant complaints of a PCI Compliance fee or a monthly minimum fee. Redwood Merchant Services complaints generally do not appear to express dissatisfaction with the cost of Redwood’s merchant services, but it is worth mentioning that the Redwood Merchant Services contract terms are not competitive with the cheapest merchant accounts.
There are some negative Redwood Merchant Services reviews relating to the company’s fund-withholding policies. In several Redwood Merchant Services complaints, the company is accused of withholding a reserve fund until clients have settled all outstanding payments due to the company. Multiple complainants appear to be under the impression that Redwood has outright taken their money. Reserve account policies are fairly common within the industry, but it does appear as though Redwood’s policy could benefit from a clearer explanation at the point of signing.
High-Risk Credit Card Processing
A company representative has stated that Redwood takes on some high-risk accounts. It is therefore likely that some of the company’s fund-holding complaints have been filed by some of its high-risk businesses, and standard-risk business types should not be concerned about aggressive fund-holding policies. See the Redwood Merchant Services Merchant Agreement.
Redwood Merchant Services Employee Reviews & Sales Tacitcs
Should You Work For Them?
|Uses Independent Resellers||Yes|
|Discloses All Important Terms||No|
Outside Agents and Resellers
Redwood Merchant Services appears to partner with ISOs and independent sales agents to market its services. This practice usually results in an elevated complaint rate for companies, as it is difficult for any business to monitor the conduct of independent sales entities. In this case, however, we are currently unable to locate any negative Redwood Merchant Services reviews that accuse the company’s sales team of unethical behavior.
No Deceptive Advertising
Additionally, the company’s website does not appear to engage in any deceptive advertising strategies. We will assign the company an “A” rating at this time, but if you suspect that Redwood Merchant Services is charging you undisclosed fees, we recommend seeking a third-party statement audit to find and eliminate hidden costs.
We also encourage business owners to check out our list of the providers of the best merchant accounts.
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