Online Debit Card Processing - Advice and Insights

Shannon Andrade |

May 31, 2012

Not all debit card transactions are the same! For those merchants able to use a PINPad along with a credit card terminal, online debit card processing can offer a big savings. The difference between “online” and “offline” debit card transactions is that “online” requires the merchant to input their 4 digit PIN number and have their card swiped while “offline” functions exactly the same as any credit card transaction.

So why is does online debit card processing have such potential savings? Consider the bank’s perspective. When a customer presents their card for payment and then enters a PIN number manually, the chances of fraud are extremely small. Because if this, the costs for pin based, transactions, or online debit card processing, can be much lower.

When conducting pin based transactions, merchants are charged a flat fee for each order instead of a percentage rate (discount rate) plus transaction a fee. Assuming a merchant takes 100 debit cards over the course of a month (about 3 per day) and averages $85 per sale, a conservative cost analysis shows that a merchant could save over $100 a month, or $1,200 a year.