Total Merchant Services is a merchant services provider that allows small business owners to process payments through card terminals and POS systems. We compiled Total Merchant Services reviews from our own website plus looked at user reviews from around the web to determine what their customers think about the company. We also compared the most popular pricing options for small business owners.
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Total Merchant Services Customer Reviews
Summary of User Reviews
We scoured hundreds of reviews and determined that Total Merchant Services has generally negative ratings. Here’s what we found:
What Total Merchant Services does well:
Users who gave Total Merchant Services a positive review, although very few, said that their issues were resolved when they asked for support.
What Total Merchant Services does not do well:
Users who gave Total Merchant Services a negative review said that they experienced a lot of problems while using their service — hidden charges, higher fees, withholding of funds without legitimate grounds, and bad customer service. Users also complained about being charged a termination fee — which was either not disclosed to them initially or supposedly no longer applicable (but still is because of TMS’ auto-renewal policy).
Most Helpful Positive User Review
One user who gave Total Merchant Services a positive review on BBB said that although the payment processing device he received didn’t come with a manual, the tech support who attended his call answered his inquiries accurately and quickly. He also mentioned that the device was easy to use.
Most Helpful Negative User Review
“After six years of processing with this company, I cancelled my account to go with another processor. A week later, they charged my bank account $195 early termination fee! After six years! I was told it had a 3 year contract when I signed up. In all the fine print of the contract it says that it will automatically renew every year for 1 year at a time. The only way to cancel without a termination fee is to give them written notice within 30 days prior to the annual renewal. Making it nearly impossible to cancel without the fee. Since I was 3 weeks past my annual renewal date the $195 fee applied to my cancellation! So once you’re in it’s hard to get out! Never had one problem with their service aside from high fees. But after 6 years I think I had paid my dues without being penalized again!”
Other Total Merchant Services User Reviews from Around the Web
Here are a few other resources for finding helpful Total Merchant Services customer reviews. We rated the review sites on a scale from poor to excellent based on how trustworthy and useful the reviews seemed.
|*Average Rating as of June 30, 2017|
Total Merchant Services Pricing
Although Total Merchant Services’s website indicates that they guarantee “low payment processing rates,” these rates and fees are not currently published on their website. However, according to Credio’s report of the company, TMS’s fees range from 1.69% – 2.3% depending on the type of transaction, and monthly fees range from $10 – $25.
|Type of Payment||Retail Rate||Retail Fee Per Transaction|
|Monthly Account Fee||$10|
|Monthly Minimum Fee||$25|
|Monthly Gateway Fee||$15|
Also, based on the reviews we read, it seems that the company charges an early termination fee ranging from $295 to $399. This amount is charged when accounts cancel before the initial three-year agreement is over and for accounts that cancel after the contract automatically renews.
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