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Q: Is there any way to avoid chargebacks?

For many merchants, chargebacks (while costly) may seem unavoidable. When a merchant has done all it can to prevent chargebacks and yet they still occur, it can begin to seem like a necessary evil of doing business. But there are steps a merchant can take to mitigate the odds of a chargeback. Here are a few:

  • Clearly describe your product or service
  • Make sure your terms and conditions of sale are clear to the customer at the time of the purchase
  • Clearly define the delivery date; product description and price; product price; refund policy; billed date
  • Have clear credit card descriptors
  • Have good customer service
  • Follow credit card processing protocols

Unfortunately, for most merchants, chargebacks catch them unaware and fighting them can seem like a huge effort with potentially no return. The best big picture defense is for merchants to closely monitor chargeback rates so they quickly investigate when an uptick is discovered.

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