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Chris Motola

Chris Motola

Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
An expert in personal and business loans and financial health, Chris Motola has been writing about small business finance and payments for over 5 years. He has been cited in various industry publications, including Forbes Advisor, GoBankingRates, and Medium. Chris is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
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SimplifyThis Review

Pros Good customer service Impressive feature set Easy to use Cons Limited support materials Fair public reputation Overview SimplifyThis embodies founder Sanjay Kumar’s serious commitment to simplicity. This strict standard is designed to keep SimplifyThis from the “frustration” of “feature-burdened software products that try to be everything for everyone, and end up doing nothing for […]

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Jul 13, 2021 Filed under: Booking Software Reviews 2

BookedIN Review

Pros Easy to use Well-designed user interface Numerous payment gateway integrations Cons Expensive Monthly cost Rudimentary feature set Overview: Mike Iwasiow founded BookedIN in 2009, after 12 years of independent information technology consulting as a “one-stop business solution” to help businesses “get noticed, get booked, and get paid.” Since launching in 2009, the company has […]

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Jul 13, 2021 Filed under: Booking Software Reviews 1
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WePay Review

As a third-party payment facilitator, WePay has relentlessly sought its own niche among household names such as PayPal and Stripe. As you’d imagine, this is an extremely competitive space. Currently, WePay differentiates itself by serving both as a payments processing website and a platform partner.

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews, Payment Gateway Reviews 49

CardFellow Review

CardFellow is a comparison shopping engine for merchant accounts. It lets you pit competing credit card processors against each other in a bid to win your business (a process formally known as a reverse auction). The idea is to save you some haggling and headaches by having CardFellow solicit processor bids on your behalf but then ultimately give you complete control over the final decision. Meanwhile, the CardFellow team is on-hand to offer expert support and education during the whole process.

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Sep 20, 2021 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 12

Costco Merchant Services Review

Costco as a payment processor has some significant problems — namely its misleading tiered pricing rates, some hidden fees, and some potential contractual concerns. And you will need to be a Costco Executive member to reap what savings it offers. Read on for a full look at Costco Merchant Services.

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Jul 26, 2021 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 19
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Braintree Payments Review: Should You Get A Braintree Merchant Account?

With everything Braintree has accomplished, it’s poised to continue as one of the most important providers in the eCommerce and mobile processing worlds. Consider the enormous number of unique features and services you get at no additional charge, and for no monthly fee, Braintree may have the best value in the entire eCommerce processing industry.

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Jun 14, 2021 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews, Payment Gateway Reviews 89

PaySimple Review

PaySimple combines merchant services with tools merchants can use to manage a base of customers with complex, detailed needs, such as legal offices, medical services, educational services, and so on. In the process of signing up for PaySimple’s payment gateway and cloud-based software suite, you will also be assigned a dedicated merchant account with a separate processor on the back end.

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews, Online Payment Processing Reviews 39

BankCard USA Review

BankCard USA Merchant Services is a mid-sized processor headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The company provides basic services for both retail and eCommerce businesses, and can also accommodate some high-risk industries. Read our full BankCard USA review for more details .

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Jul 23, 2021 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 28

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