Credit cards have become so popular with consumers that in this day and age, no business can afford too forego accepting them as a form of payment. Without credit card services, businesses would lose out on quite a lot of potential revenue. Many people think of businesses which do not offer them as being less than serious business ventures.
So what are these credit card services?
Basically, the service denotes that a business has a system in place enabling theme to accept credit cards as payment. These services are those which allow a business to accept credit cards; a machine for processing credit card payments for instance, is a service which a business provides to consumers and is itself a service which is being provided to them by the banks, who allow them the use of a credit card processing machine as their service. Given that people are more likely to pay with a credit card than cash in most situations, failing to provide these services means disaster for a business owner who would be unable to accept card payments; for many of their customers, this may be the only form of payment they are able to use since carrying of any large amount of cash has fallen out of favor. Therefore, these services are now part and parcel of operating a business.
The proliferation of internet access into homes meant an explosion in the online world as a venue in which to do business. These e-stores or “clicks-and-mortar” businesses (where a physical business has an online presence as well) had to have a way for their customers to pay for goods and services; with credit cards being the obvious solution. These websites then needed these services; in the form of specialized web pages where customers could fill in their card information and the merchant then process the payment. This in turn fostered advancements in security technology for websites to prevent such sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. These sites came to be known as secure sites and are the very backbone of online commerce today.
Other than this type of credit card services, there are other ways such as over-the-phone credit card payment, and on the web, third party service companies who act as an intermediary and provide an interface for accepting online payments.
There are many ways that these services are in use and as technology progresses, others will be developed.