Two Merchant Providers - Which Should I choose?

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Hi everyone.

I have an online coaching business and I'm trying to find a merchant account provider. After sifting through what seems like thousands of these places, I've come up with two I like and that I think will meet my needs - Host Merchant Services and Platinum Payment Services (

Both are offering the following:

Interchange Plus, 30 bps + $0.10
No contract
No cancel/early termination fee

Here are the differences:

Monthly fees:

Host - $19.99 (PCI, Data Breach Protection, Gateway)

PlatPay - $16.95 (Statement, IRS reporting, Gateway)

Set Up Fee:

Host - $10.00 one time

PlatPay - None

Other Fees:

Host - $24 annual fee for K 1 tax prep

Platpay - $0.10 gateway per transaction fee (this brings the transaction fee to $0.20 for Platpay)

% of Clientele that are coaches:

Host - small percentage

Platpay - 75-80%

Other perks from Host: (Haven't heard from Platpay on these yet)

No minimum processing fee

365/24/7 support

Next business day deposits

Online portal

Fees locked in for life - they never raise their fees.

That's all. Host originally quoted me 40 bps, but I negotiated them down to 30, which was really easy.

I like that Platpay has so many coaching clients because it means they understand my business very well. They are owned by EVO however, and I've read alot of bad things about them. But the guy I talked with said they've done business with EVO for 15 years (how could they not since they are a subsidiary of EVO???) and they haven't had any problems.

I also know that Power Pay was used by people like Ali Brown and Jeff Walker, and EVO owned that brand also. Frank Kern uses Platpay.

On the flip side, Host has some really nice things to offer too.

Both have been responsive via email. Host seems to be a little quicker to respond.

I got through to both on the phone with no trouble.

So, those of you who have some knowledge and experience in this arena, what do you think?

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  • Profile picture of the author Imamarketer2
    Hello??? Anyone????
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I have always used paypal payments pro with gateway. and the reason is Trust

    Go with the one you trust


    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Take a look at Stripe.

    Why pay set-up and monthly account fees when you don't have to?


    Steve Browne, online business strategies, tips, guidance, and resources

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  • Profile picture of the author Imamarketer2
    Hi everyone.

    Thanks so much for your responses.

    agmccall - I plan to use Paypal in addition to another merchant account. I don't trust any merchant provider.

    Steve B - I tried to get set up with Stripe. It was too complicated for me. Also, I have a high risk business (online coaching) and I've read I might have problems with Stripe. My whole experience with them has been frustrating.

    I've decided to go with Host Merchant Services for now. While I really liked Platinum Payment Services, they have more fees than Host, their communication hasn't been the best, and they don't lock in their fees once they give you a quote.

    Host, on the other hand, has been very responsive to both my emails and my calls. And they're not a middle man like Platpay, so when I talk with them I can get the answers or action I need. I've been very pleased with them so far.

    We'll see how it goes. If Host doesn't turn out to be as good as they seem, I guess I'll switch to someone else.
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