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How To Choose Software For Your Salon Or Spa

For most people, a trip to the spa or salon is a relaxing event, a welcome change from the grind of day to day life. They can’t see beyond the darting scissors and the foil; they don’t know what lurks behind the fleecy robes and the fragrant herbal teas. They have literally no idea how […]

Argus Merchant Services Review

Pros Chinese & Spanish language support Caters to a wide variety of industries Cons Poor customer support Deceptive sales tactics Deceptive advertising Early termination fee Expensive for low-volume merchants Overview How do you review a merchant account provider with two contradicting websites, and when no one from the company will talk with you to explain anything? […]

ShopKeep & BigCommerce: Together At Last

Last month ShopKeep (see our review) made a big announcement; this popular iPad POS system now offers an integration with BigCommerce (see our review)! We’re dancing for joy over here at Merchant Maverick at the news; we’ve even considered sending the happy couple a new toaster. Why are we so excited? Well, for a few reasons. ShopKeep […]

Clover Payments: 5 Top Merchant Services Companies To Compare

So many processing companies offer Clover POS products that trying to wade through them and pick one can seem very daunting. We’ve put together a list of the best and worst companies so you know what to look for — and beware of!

CardConnect Review

CardConnect is a merchant services provider and major ISO of First Data (now Fiserv). The company offers a full range of high-quality products and services (including an excellent integrated payments platform). However, lengthy contracts, high termination fees, and inadequate pricing transparency make it a poor choice for most small business owners.

The Future Of mPOS In An EMV World

Even if you’ve never used a card swiper attached a tablet or smartphone yourself, chances are you’ve seen one. Any pop-up booth, stall, or merchandise table you see (at a theater, concert, convention, sporting event, or even along the street) that takes credit cards is probably relying on a mobile POS (mPOS) system with a […]

CPN (Capital Processing Network) Review

Note: CPN is now defunct as a payment processor. It has been absorbed by its parent company, Pivotal Payments, which is now operating under the name Nuvei following a rebranding. Check out our Merchant Account Comparison Chart to find our top-rated payment processors instead!  Overview: CPN is a merchant account provider headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. […]

TrustCommerce Review

TrustCommerce claims its gateway is bank agnostic and compatible with major processors. But at the same time, TrustCommerce doesn’t disclose pricing and shields a lot of its resources behind a contact form. Is it worth looking into? Possibly.

The Best Mobile & Low-Volume Payment Processing Solutions

With our favorite mobile and low-volume processor Flint Mobile (see our review) officially down for the count, we’re all researching and scrambling like mad to find the best replacements and alternatives on short notice. To help you in your search and comparisons, we’ve put together a couple of handy charts. The first chart looks at the stats […]

How Does The 2015 EMV Liability Shift Affect The Service Industry?

Chances are, if you run a small business, you’ve heard something about the EMV liability shift that takes effect in October 2015. The shift will affect the retail industry in obvious ways, but businesses that offer services rather than tangible goods will be equally affected. Exactly how much you’ll be affected depends on how you […]


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