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Credit Cards Processing
It is a widely accepted and obvious fact that in order to succeed in an online business, you must accept payments by credit card. This is even truer for businesses dealing with the consumer market. Accepting credit card payments online has always been a major problem for small to medium businesses.
The main reason for this is because they are unable to acquire a suitable merchant account with their local financial institution. Crystal Payments enables any business to accept credit cards online no matter where they are on the planet. Crystal Payments offers eCommerce Services to help online merchants to get a merchant account for most international businesses.

Crystal Payments credit card processing solutions include everything you need to get started quickly and process online payments securely and in complete confidence. As part of these solutions Crystal Payments offers both direct merchant account and 3rd party account for all types of eBusinesses. Through our extensive network of acquiring banks, we are able to provide merchants with their own accounts.


Crystal Payments provides a payment platform allowing you to clear all major credit cards against very competitive rates.
Within few hours you could be accepting all major credit cards!
 
 
Apply now and find out why we are the new leader in E-Commerce processing!
  Features
3D & Non 3D available
(Note: We encourage 3D Secure)
Direct access to Virtual Terminal
API interface or hosted order page
Acceptance of the main credit card types
Secure Server
(under SSL certificate)
Complete products, services and
membership management
Shipping fees management
Integration, reporting and password
management tools
Advanced Fraud protection system
How Online Credit Card Processing works

The place of business that accepts the credit card is called the “Merchant.” In order to be able to accept credit cards, the Merchant must open a “Merchant Account” with a “Merchant Bank” which is also known as a “Sponsoring Bank” or an “Acquiring Bank.”

This is the bank that receives the “Net Settlement Amount” from the Issuing Bank after the transaction is processed. The Net Settlement Amount is the amount of the actual sale minus transaction fees called the “Discount Rate.” In some instances merchants may also have to pay “Pass-through Fees” which are additional transaction fees that are charged when a transaction does not meet some particular requirement such as passing the Address Verification System (AVS) test.
Online Credit Card Processing Steps

1. A transaction begins when the magnetic stripe on the back of the credit card is passed through a credit card terminal, or the credit card account number is entered into the system manually by either the merchant or the cardholder. This enters the transaction information into the Processor’s network.
2. The Originator prepares information about the transactions that are to be automated by the merchant and passes it along to an Originating Depository Financial Institution (ODFI).
3. The Processor links up with the Visa/MasterCard network in order to transmit the Authorization Request to the Issuing Bank’s computer network.
4. The Issuing Bank verifies that a valid credit card number has been received and that the Cardholder has enough money available (“Open to Buy”) to fund the transaction.
5. A “hold” for that amount is placed against the Cardholder’s Open To Buy thereby reducing the amount of his or her Open To Buy for future transactions.
6. Once the approval is received a “Deposit Transaction” is transmitted which finalizes the transaction. The merchant then releases the items purchased by the Cardholder.h
7. The Net Settlement Amount is deposited to the Merchant’s account usually by the end of the same business day.
When Online Credit Card Processing Go Wrong

There are times, however, when the process hits a snag and human beings have to get involved. Although it is 100% computerized, the Visa/MasterCard network is programmed with many “triggers” that will route the transaction to a human being for closer scrutiny when one of those triggers are pulled.

The most common triggers are:
Unusual spending patterns that do not match the Cardholder’s normal purchases. Purchases of products or services that are considered to be in a “high fraud” category. Purchases made outside of the country where the cardholder lives. In fact, some Card Issuers require their Cardholder’s to notify them when they will be traveling outside of their home country.

What’s really amazing is not that the entire processing cycle is flawlessly repeated millions of times per hour, but that it all happens in just seconds!

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