What to expect when researching credit card processors

Selecting a company to handle credit card transactions can be a tricky process, writes Paul Downs, founder of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers. Comparison shopping can be difficult, and you might find some unfavorable terms in fine print. One company's agreement included "limits to transaction size and frequency that would not work for me and that were not featured prominently on the Web site," he writes. Downs ultimately chose a service based largely on the help he received from a sales representative, even though the cost was higher than some alternatives.

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