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Dharma works closely with many B2B clients to help get the lowest rates possible. We offer the MX Merchant system using the B2B app for easy, simple B2B acceptance and access to low B2B Interchange rates. Our team is trained in helping your business keep costs low, based on your business type, acceptance methods, and more. Let our analysts review your current processing statements to locate potential rate reductions and hidden fees from your current provider. Plus, we’ll provide guidance in finding a solution that will allow your business to streamline your payment acceptance. Many businesses don’t realize that they’re treated differently by Visa/MasterCard when processing B2B payments. In particular:
- Merchants with certain MCC codes get access to reduced interchange rates, if they’re properly classified
- Merchants processing large sales (over $6,500) can access even lower interchange rates
- Merchants using a system like the MX B2B app to capture additional data with the sale get access to lower rates
- Merchants must use specific software or terminals to process B2B sales with level 2/3 information
MX Merchant B2B App
For only $20/month, access the lowest possible interchange rates with the MX B2B app. Once installed, the B2B app works in the background of your account to qualify your sales at the lowest B2B interchange rates available. Using sophisticated technology, the MX system will automatically include level 2 and level 3 data points in every transaction you submit. By using the MX Virtual Terminal, you’ll qualify for interchange rates that can be over a half of a percent lower than standard rates – and you pocket the difference.
With the MX B2B App, you don’t have to waste time entering in extra data. The system does it for you, and you access rates that can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars every month.
What kinds of Savings can I expect?
It depends, but most merchants see interchange reductions of 20% – 40% off of standard rates. If your business processes over $100k/month in credit cards, that can equate to thousands of dollars in savings every month. There are many different interchange rates that “qualify” for a reduction, and many savings are based on unique business factors such as MCC code and transaction size. So, we’ll focus on some of the more common/popular ones. Scroll down to see a few example transactions, both without level 2/3 data, and also including level 2/3 data to see the cost savings.
We’ll assume that this was a common MasterCard Corporate card. Without level 2 data, a typical MasterCard Corporate card will have the underlying interchange rate of 2.65% + $0.10. So, for a $5,000 sale, the math is straight-forward: $5,000 x 2.65% = $132.50. Add in the $0.10 transaction fee, and the total underlying interchange fees are $132.60 for a $5,000 sale.
But what happens if we run this as a level 2 transaction? Per MasterCard, if you use the MX B2B app to include all pertinent level 2 data, the underlying interchange rates fall all the way to 2.00% + $0.10/transaction! That’s significant – running the quick math tells us that the sale only costs $100.10 in interchange fees, saving over $32 on this single sale. That’s over 24% savings in interchange fees!
We’ll assume that this was a Visa Purchasing card. Without level 2 data, a typical Visa Purchasing card will have the underlying interchange rate of 2.55% + $0.10. So, for a $5,000 sale, the math is straight-forward: $5,000 x 2.55% = $127.50. Add in the $0.10 transaction fee, and the total underlying interchange fees are $127.60 for a $5,000 sale.
But what happens if we process this with level 2 data? Per Visa, if you use the MX B2B app to include all required level 2 data with the sale, the underlying interchange rates fall all the way to 2.05% + $0.10/transaction! Not bad – plugging in those numbers tells us that the sale only costs $102.60 in interchange fees, saving a full $25 on this single transaction. That’s a 20% reduction in interchange fees.
Level 3 and Large-Ticket Reductions
If you process large (over $7,500) sales or accept Level 3 data, interchange fees can be reduced by over 40%. This can mean hundreds of dollars of savings on a single transaction. Wow! Here are two common examples:
Visa Level 3: 1.85% + $0.10/sale. For a $3,000 sale, you’d pay $55.60 in total interchange fees. Compare that to the $76.60 you’d have paid on a standard Visa Purchasing Card, and you’re looking at interchange savings of $21 on a single $3,000 Visa transaction. That’s over 27% below standard interchange rates!
MasterCard Corporate Large Ticket: 1.25% + $40.00/sale. For a $20,000 sale, you’d pay $290.00, or only 1.45% in total interchange fees. Compare that to the $530.00 you’d have paid normally, and you’re looking at interchange savings of over $240 on a single $20,000 MasterCard transaction. That’s a 45% reduction from standard interchange rates!