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Internet Payment Gateways

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Internet Payment Gateways Offer Streamlined Payment Processing

Internet payment gateways bring many helpful features to merchant payment processing that automate this sometimes tedious process. The software lets you customize your payment procedures on your computer or website, or to handle orders received by phone, fax, email, or in person. A virtual terminal enables this operation to deal with payments from any place that has access to the Internet.

Internet payment gateways come with features that allow online processing of payments by credit card or check, with real time payment authorization. A merchant account gateway package includes some type of fraud and risk management system that protects you from all types of fraudulent attempts to avoid proper payment. Address verification, online shopping carts for customers' convenience, and automatic tax and shipping calculation are part of these packages for merchants.

Recurring Billing Features

This software automatically calculates recurring payments from your customers. Membership dues and installment payments, for example, can be set to be billed weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. Automation reduces paperwork, and saves a lot of time. It also ensures you don't overlook customers who owe payments, so cash flow is taken care of.

These Internet payment gateways allow even more flexibility. Merchants can develop different profiles for different products and then let customers choose the alternative they prefer. Options could include being billed monthly, or being billed annually at another rate. Additionally, the initial payment, perhaps a signup fee, can be set at one figure, and the following payments set for another figure.

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