How Stripe Terminal Saves Businesses Thousands In Fees

How Stripe Terminal Saves Businesses Thousands In Fees

by Lou Chapman - May 27, 2020

How can small businesses save thousands on transaction fees with Stripe Terminal? With reduced fees for in-person transactions, Stripe Terminal’s fee structure can save you thousands on credit card transaction fees each year. When comparing to Stripe’s online payment fees, you can see how making the switch is the right business decision.

Small businesses can expect to pay anywhere from 2.6% to 3.5% per transaction as well as an additional small fixed cost 5¢ to 30¢ per transaction. While these may seem like a small price to pay in order to take credit card transactions, these fees can add up to thousands by the end of the year. The average small business on Stripe can save up to $3,000/year in fees by switching to perform in-person transactions on Stripe Terminal.

The Three Fees

There are generally three types of fees you will pay for using a payment gateway solution like Stripe; Transaction fees, Flat fees, Incidental fees. 

Transaction fees are typically a percentage of the bill plus a fixed amount. With Stripe Terminal you will pay a 2.7% + 5¢ fee per transaction. These are reduced from Stripe’s normal transaction fees of 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction. Flat fees are paid to the gateway or merchant provider. You can think of Flat fees as your subscription to use the payment solution software, costing anywhere from $25 to $50 a month. Incidental fees are charged in the event of a problem with a transaction. Chargeback or non-sufficient funds are the most common here.

As Transaction Fees have the biggest impact on a business, we are only going to focus on these in our breakdown.

Where Stripe Terminal Fees Saves You

According to an analysis of 2018 in-person transactions of over 52,000 US small businesses conducted by Womply, small businesses conduct, on average, 13 daily transactions, costing $74.65 per. With the Low-End being 9 daily at $50.30 per and the High-End at 19 daily transactions costing $91.70 per. 

To help show how much these small fees add up over a year we will map out the Low, Average, and High range yearly costs.

Low-End Yearly Transaction Fees

9 transactions/day = 3,285 transactions/year and $50.30 per transaction

Switching to Terminal Stripe Stripe Terminal Savings
% of Total / Year $4,791.83 $4,461.36 $330.47
Fixed Cost / Year $985.50 $164.25 $821.25
Total Fees / Year $5,777.33 $4,625.61 $1,151.72

Average Yearly Transaction Fees

13 transactions/day = 4,745 transactions/year and $74.65 per transaction

Switching to Terminal Stripe Stripe Terminal Savings
% of Total / Year $10,272.21 $9,563.78 $708.43
Fixed Cost / Year $1,423.50 $237.25 $1,186.25‬
Total Fees / Year $11,695.71 $9,801.03 $1,894.68

High-End Yearly Transaction Fees

19 transactions/Day = 6,935 transactions/year and $91.70 per transaction

Switching to Terminal Stripe Stripe Terminal Savings
% of Total / Year $18,442.25 $17,170.37 $1,271.88‬
Fixed Cost / Year $2,080.50 $346.75 $1,733.75‬
Total Fees / Year $20,522.75 $17,517.12 $3,005.63

As you can see there are dramatic increases in saving as both the number of transactions and the price or each transaction increases. So whether you are only conducting 10 in-person transactions a day or 30, switching Stripe Terminal will be a change that will pay for itself multiple times over. 

If you have any questions about how to make this change feel free to give us a call at (541) 649-2508 or email us at Stripe@ArcaneStrategies.com.

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