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10 Rates & Fees Excellent - Low Tiered & Interchange-Plus Pricing
10 BBB Rating & Complaints Excellent - Zero Complaints
9.9 Terms & Contract Excellent - 3 Year & Month-to-Month
10 Competitive Advantages Excells in both Domestic & Offshore

Easy Pay Direct Review

Easy Pay Direct: Gets High Praise Making Their Customers Auto PCI Compliant With Customer Vault. Gregory Bair

The small business owner has one less thing to worry about. Over the past decade, fraud has increased tremendously. PCI compliance fines have followed, gaining prospectively. Back in 2003, full credit card numbers could be stored legally on receipts. Now expiration dates aren’t even allowed. MasterCard and Visa have now mandated PCI surveys ensuring that each and every small business stores the customer’s sensitive data accurately in PCI compliance, and that means safely. From our Easy Pay Direct Review we noticed they took it a step further, garnering safety a major concern for their business owner customer base. They created the Customer Vault which automatically takes the transaction data of the customer and stores it correctly and securely for the business. Now that small business owner is PCI compliant without lifting a finger.

Introduction

Easy Pay Direct is a provider of merchant accounts that is headquartered in Austin, Texas and was founded in 2000. The company mission is primarily to be an online payment gateway provider which will match merchants with a credit card processor that meets their needs. Easy Pay Direct partners with both Electronic Payments Inc. (EPI) and PowerPay, as well as offshore providers for backend processing. Earning an A+ rating from the BBB speaks for Easy Pay Direct’s merchant customer satisfaction.

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High Risk Merchant Accounts

The High Risk label is not a death sentence for the business. It doesn’t even mean that the merchant has done anything wrong. They could be making millions and still be called high risk. It could just be the industry that they are doing business in which calls for a different kind of processing associated with a higher risk, such as an overseas operation, adult related business, or a business that deals in products or services not universally legal in every state. Easy Pay Direct prefers to call them Special Needs accounts. They understand these businesses, their profitability, and they don’t feel that these businesses should incur a penalty. Working with a company that knows the industry and works with them the right way every time ensures a much more satisfied merchant.

Terms for special needs accounts will vary widely and include such items as PCI Compliance fees, monthly fees, and rate structures which vary depending on the merchant. Find more information in the rates and fees section.

Load Balancing

With Load Balancing, all of the merchant accounts are placed into Easy Pay Direct gateway which requires only one log-in password. A dollar limit can be set on the accounts, and the charges will rollover to the next account when the previous account has met its limit. This balancing act protects cash flow, distributes risk, and automates accounts.

iSpyFraud

Special needs merchants need to manage chargebacks efficiently, and depending on the business they produce in they may find this chargeback management is one of the most important business aspects they will have on their plate. iSpyFraud by Easy Pay Direct allows the merchant to set up filters to focus on fraudulent activity within their business. With iSpyFraud rules can be set to block or restrict transactions based on frequency, IP address, geographic location, or transaction amount. This system finds and declines fraud before, during, and after transactions take place.

Customer Vault

Easy Pay Direct’s Customer Vault is for the special needs merchant to run transaction without having to access the complete card number and security information. It stores all payment information in a level 1 PCI certified data facility, while keeping cardholder information hidden from employees.

Products and Services

Easy Pay Direct operates in varying ways to meet consumer demand:

  • E-commerce
  • Retail
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Orders/Telephone Orders (MOTO)
  • High Risk
  • Off Shore

E-commerce

Easy Pay Direct is ready for the online merchant processing needs with full security measures in place and convenience of a three-step sign up process.

  • Credit Card Processing
  • Online Gateway,
  • Mobile Payments
  • Checks/ACH Direct Debit
  • Recurrent Billing
  • Shopping Carts
  • Email Invoicing
  • Retail Swipe
  • Security Features

Retail Merchants

With Easy Pay Direct’s terminals and POS systems, and even USB-based computer card readers they have the right equipment for a retail merchant’s card swiping needs.

  • Terminals
  • POS Systems
  • Use Your PC Virtual Terminal
  • Mobile
  • Gift Cards
  • Retail Rates

Mobile Merchants

Easy Pay Direct supports mobile devices from smartphones such as iPhone and Android, including the iPad. They also have wireless terminals for faster processing with the ability to print customer receipts. Simply contact an account manager to receive further details on the most appropriate solution for your mobile merchant operation.

Mail Order/Telephone Order (MOTO)

This service is offered by Easy Pay Direct to merchants in telemarking and direct mail campaigns.

High Risk

  • Load Balancing
  • Launches and Events
  • Multiple Processors
  • Customer Vault
  • iSpyFraud
  • Offshore Accounts

See the High Risk Merchant Accounts section above for much more information.

Off Shore

Easy Pay Direct offers Off Shore accounts for the merchant who would like a larger percentage of chargebacks to be permissible, or any number of various reasons. Easy Pay Direct is connected with 38 offshore banks in various jurisdictions and related throughout Canada and the European Union.

Easy Pay Direct also offers the following PCI compliant gateway services to their merchants:

  • Credit Card Processing
  • Online Payment Gateway
  • Virtual Terminal
  • Recurring Billing
  • Online Shopping Carts
  • ACH Processing
  • Email Invoices

Credit Card Processing

  • Special industry low MOTO rates
  • USB swipe available for lowest rates
  • Simple, intuitive interface
  • Customizable information storage
  • No software installation
  • No hidden fees
  • PCI compliant
  • Secured by McAfee

Online Payment Gateway

  • Special industry low MOTO rates
  • USB swipe available for lowest rates
  • Simple, intuitive interface
  • Customizable information storage
  • No software installation
  • No hidden fees
  • PCI compliant
  • Secured by McAfee
  • Premade reports
  • Fully customizable

Recurring Billing

  • Automatic deduction from a credit card or bank account
  • Automatic email sent to client or customer
  • Schedule payments

Online Shopping Carts

  • Quick-Click free
  • Premium Web Cart
  • Integrated with many other shopping carts

Check/ACH/Direct Debit

  • Eliminate trips to the bank with a simple click
  • Allow recurrent billing to increase on-time payments
  • Spend 50% less than paper checks

Email Invoices

  • Fast way to send invoices
  • Fast way to get paid
  • Save postage and paper

Rates and Fees

  • $24.95/month
  • One time Setup Fee: $99
  • Swiped Card Rate: 1.59% + $0.17
  • Online Card Rate: 2.29%
  • ACH/eCheck Rate: 1.6% + $0.29
  • Termination Fee: Variable
  • PCI Compliance Fee: Variable
  • Equipment Fee: None

Along with these low rates Easy Pay Direct also offers special introductory rates on Mobile Orders / Telephone Orders (MOTO) and the lowest rates for USB based swiped transactions. The cost of processing cards is fully disclosed in this tiered pricing. Easy Pay Direct does not have any hidden fees.  Termination fees are not often assessed, usually only when an offshore provider is the only viable option a special needs merchant can use.

Contract Terms

Easy Pay Direct provides services through Electronic Payments Inc., PowerPay, and other offshore providers. The agreement terms (including PCI Compliance fees, monthly fees, and rate structures) will therefore vary greatly from merchant to merchant. A standard service length of three years is the norm, and Easy Pay Direct usually does not charge an early termination fee. The company may charge early termination fees when it places a merchant with an offshore provider.

Customer Service

Easy Pay Direct’s clients receive customer support through Electronic Payments, since the company’s monthly statements provide a contact number for Electronic Payments. Easy Pay Direct offers a customer service thorough FAQ page with search options for quick answers.

Technical Support

Easy Pay Direct’s clients receive technical support through Electronic Payments, since the company’s monthly statements provide a contact number for Electronic Payments. Easy Pay Direct offers a customer service thorough FAQ page with search options for quick answers.

Reviews / Testimonials

Easy Pay Direct has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has been a member since January 2015. The following reviews were found on Easy Pay Direct’s website:

  • “Easy Pay Direct has been handling our merchant services for several years and they are the most dependable service we’ve had. Their customer service has been over the top and we have recommended them to numerous businesses to use.”

 

  • “I have shared your company info with the guys in my War Room mastermind group because your service is right up their alley, and I’ll continue to plug you guys whenever anyone asks about merchant accounts.”

 

  • “I’ve been in business for a long, long time. Easy Pay Direct protects me. I love working with them, easy to setup, no problems at all.”

 

  • “They kept us from shutting down. They’ve just been a complete life saver. Even if you’ve been declined from other merchant account providers, give them a call. They just really know their stuff.”

 

  • “Easy Pay Direct is makes running your business from the road incredibly easy. Great Service.  Great Support.  Great Gateway.”

 

  • “We needed 5 accounts for each business – EPD made it easy! The Gateway, The Merchant Accounts, The Protection – a one stop shop.”

 

  • “Besides getting us a great rate, they really helped us get our money released after we did a launch and had a bunch of money held. They are always quick to respond, always keeps us in the loop, and always shoot straight”

 

  • “I just wanted to say how happy I am about our decision to work with Easy Pay Direct. They have not only made it effortless and inexpensive to accept credit cards, but they also have gone to bat for us on several occasions to get back reserves from our merchant account provider.  I wouldn’t imagine ever taking our business elsewhere.”

 

  • “After having my merchant account shut down by my old processor, Easy Pay Direct got me up and running in less than a week”

 

  • “that was soo easy!!! I didn’t even use the instructions! I went through the login email with my username and just clicked “sales”. I entered the info and got the receipt mailed to me. easy!”

 

  • “Easy Pay Direct is a user friendly system that when coupled with exceptional customer service – gives any business owner peace of mind. Big Thanks EPD!”

 

  • “I have been using Easy Pay now for over two years and I can’t say enough good about it… It has saved me countless hours researching payments and/or refunds… it’s setup is user friendly… and I especially like the reports I can download from it. Great Gateway.”

 

  • “The system works great. it’s super intuitive and just makes things easier.”

 

  • “…life is just easier with an ACH Merchant Account. I KNOW that I’m getting paid every month…”

 

  • “If I had known how much quicker we were going to get paid, I would have paid for the EPD system a long time ago.”

 

  • “Best Merchant Account provider if you’re a “high risk” business owner”

Complaints

There have been no complaints found for Easy Pay Direct. With an A+ BBB rating and positive reviews found online, there is an absence of negative reviews and complaints. The lack of complaints to be found shows that something is working well with Easy Pay Direct.

Conclusion

Easy Pay Direct appears to be a reliable merchant account provider. An easy 3-step process to start makes the process so simple. They prefer to call High Risk Merchants, Special Needs Merchants to emphasize their understanding of the market they provide services for. They are a medium cost provider with tiered pricing. Yet their prices are clearly visible on their website. There are ranges of pricing that are explained in the type of service they give. They work as a middle man to associate the merchant with the best provider for their processing needs. In essence, the company resells the services of multiple processors, which means that their contract terms are likely to vary significantly from merchant to merchant. With many great reviews online, and zero negative reviews or complaints to be found anywhere on any consumer protection websites, or social media sites like Facebook the company seems to be a good choice for the special needs or high risk merchant. The A+ Better Business Bureau rating only strengthens this view further.

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