The American Med Spa Association
(AmSpa) Announces Partnership with Merchant Advocate in an Effort to
Reduce Credit Card Processing Fees in the Med Spa Industry
The partnership provides AmSpa’s members with exclusive
access to Merchant Advocate’s expertise in navigating the complex world
of credit card processing fees.
The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) announced it has entered
into a strategic partnership with Merchant Advocate, the nation’s
premier advocate for businesses that accept credit cards, in an effort to reduce the unfair and deceptive practices rampant in the credit card industry.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership,” said Alex
Thiersch, Founder and Director of AmSpa. "Credit card processing is a
vital part of med spa owners’ businesses and a lot of our members are
losing revenue to credit card processors without even knowing it.
Merchant Advocate will help put an end to that.”
Merchant Advocate, founded in 2007, represents businesses in
negotiations with credit card processing companies and merchant banks.
These processing companies and banks often charge hidden fees that
businesses aren’t even aware of. By aggressively negotiating with
processors and sales reps, Merchant Advocate can eliminate these fees
and uncover hidden revenue. According to CEO Eric Cohen, Merchant
Advocate’s average client saves over 35% when they use Merchant Advocate
to negotiate their fees.
"Merchant Advocate was formed to help protect small businesses,” said
Cohen. "Through decades of experience and knowledge of the true cost of
a credit card transaction, we’ve saved our clients thousands of dollars
by stopping abuse from processors and unscrupulous sales
Merchant Advocate earns its fee only if money is saved for the
client, so the upfront cost to the client is zero. And businesses don’t
have to switch credit card processors, which can be a hassle, since
Merchant Advocate negotiates with businesses’ current processor on the
businesses’ behalf. According to Cohen, this model allows clients to
retain Merchant Advocate risk free and without disruption. "Merchant
Advocate’s service can be looked at as actually profit-making as they
recover revenue that was otherwise lost,” said Cohen.
As an added benefit, Merchant Advocate has offered to perform a free
audit to AmSpa’s members, including providing a summary of potential
cost savings. AmSpa, a national trade group that provides resources and
education to aesthetic medical professionals, now includes this benefit
in its basic membership package.
"AmSpa members now have premier access to Merchant Advocate, and all
new members will automatically be eligible for the free audit,” said
For more information on AmSpa, please contact Gina Shaffer, Director
Marketing and Business Development, at 312.981.0993, or via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Merchant Advocate,
please contact Allie Lubart at 917.957.9073, or via email at