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Evan Metelko
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  • Columbus, OH
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What do you currently do, what are your business aspirations and what do you hope to benefit from by joining this community?
I am the marketing coordinator here at Payex. We offer merchant services and payment solutions for businesses both here in the Columbus area and nationwide. Payex has been in business since 1998. We have hundreds of small businesses as clients and are a small business ourselves so we really empathize with the needs of owners. That's why we strive to be an educator on the topic of merchant services and provide the information so you can make the best choice for your business. If you ever have questions or concerns on the topic please give me a call at 614.488.8472. Nice meeting everyone!

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Should You Invest in a Wireless Credit Card Terminal?

Technology makes everyone’s life easier. Now, new wireless terminals are making thousands of businesses run a little smoother. Merchants are able to complete transactions more effectively and efficiently.

By using wireless credit card terminals, merchants are able to take their business virtually anywhere. There no longer needs to be a cash register on a counter to be able to accept credit cards. Wireless terminals such as the… Continue

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 9:15am

10 Ways to Save Money on Credit Card Processing

10. Don’t Lease Equipment – Own It Instead

If your budget at all allows it, don’t lease a credit card terminal but buy it instead. Generally, credit card terminals are not expensive to purchase outright. Popular terminals can cost a merchant roughly $350-$550 depending on your needs. To lease a terminal will cost you roughly around $25 per month, which over a three year contract could end up costing you close to $900! Think about it; your company is going to be accepting… Continue

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 5:18pm

Flowers Made of Money? Floral Merchant’s Fall Victim to Valentine’s Day Fraud

A newly identified fraud practice is targeting floral merchants.

Recently fraudulent customers are placing orders for flowers using stolen credit cards. The customers are requesting that the florists wrap the floral arrangements in cash and bill the total amount to the credit card provided. Some fraudulent orders have even reached $4,000.00. These orders have been placed via fax, e-mail, and/or hearing-impaired relay calls.

A shipping address is normally given to the… Continue

Posted on February 16, 2009 at 9:02am

Credit Card Payment Surcharges and Fees - Are you in violation?

If you charge your customers a fee to pay by credit card, you are in violation of a heavily pursued rule of Visa and MasterCard. This violation, if continued could cost you thousands of dollars in fines and a listing on the Terminated Merchant File, which would prevent you from accepting credit cards for years to come.

Unfortunately, this is something that a lot of merchants are simply unaware of. While it’s all too common for a processing company to not take the time to properly… Continue

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 11:27am

Gift Cards and Bankruptcy: Is your gift card worthless?

With the amount of stores declaring bankruptcy, and store closings, people are becoming weary of purchasing gift cards. According to a survey on gift card spending conducted for NRF by BIGresearch, a small number of people say that they are worried that the retailer will go out of business (3.1%). Despite the nervous consumers, and down economy gift card sales are projected to bring in $24.9 billion in sales… Continue

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 11:49am

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At 7:47pm on October 20, 2008, Detra O. Jones said…
Hi Evan, thank you so much for that information; I defintely need it and will use it. In addition, I would like to talk with you more and get the information regarding accepting non-cash payments. Will you please email me and let me know when you will have some time this week to possibly meet or maybe talk on the phone. Thank you again. My email: express.typing@yahoo.com
At 9:44am on September 30, 2008, Jeanette Pavlik said…
Hi Evan, thanks for the add. UBWA has been around for about 7 years. Their website is http://ubwa.org.ohio-state.edu/index.htm but the website is fairly new. I'd really appreciate it if you could make it out and support us!

Hope to cross paths with you soon,
At 11:41am on September 19, 2008, Paul Rehg said…
I am so glad to hear the photoshop class was helpful to you!
take care,

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