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Question Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

Does anyone know if eBay will link/suspend a new account for using the same merchant api login for authorize.net as the old (suspended) account? I have obtained a new transaction key but you can't get a new API login without getting a new EIN.

I am aware that ideally I should use a different API but they are not as easy to set up as a paypal account; I would have to get a new EIN/LLC which is several hundred dollars.
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

I believe it would be a quick link if you put the same API key on two accounts.

Look into attaching a different payment gateway to your merchant account.
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IN most states EINS are free. For sure in Florida , I have three.
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

EIN's are free in any state. Registering LLC's is the part that costs varying amounts of $ by state.
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

I was under the impression that the IRS charged a fee for the EIN on top of the LLC fee (I already have a new LLC filed in Florida, which cost about $200.

Hmm I wonder if its too late for this account now that I linked my old merchant gateway. Should I try to switch in a new merchant account? Or should I save the new merhcant account for a fresh ebay account because switching it in now would taint the new merchant account (sorry if that was convoluted).
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I was under the impression that the IRS charged a fee for the EIN on top of the LLC fee (I already have a new LLC filed in Florida, which cost about $200.

Hmm I wonder if its too late for this account now that I linked my old merchant gateway. Should I try to switch in a new merchant account? Or should I save the new merhcant account for a fresh ebay account because switching it in now would taint the new merchant account (sorry if that was convoluted).
As long as you're applying for and obtaining EIN's directly from IRS.gov there's no fees involved for getting an EIN. If you use one of the hundreds of 3rd party websites to get an EIN then there's a fee. All those services do is take the information you provide and get a free EIN from IRS.gov.

It sounds like you've already linked your merchant account to a 2nd eBay account. If that's the case your days are probably numbered. It will only be a matter of time before the two eBay's are linked.

To use a merchant account on eBay you're required to have both a merchant account and an online payment gateway. You tell your payment gateway where to send payments by linking it to your merchant account. I was trying to say you might be able to safely use the same merchant account on two eBay's by using a different payment gateway on the 2nd eBay account.

To give you an example, my merchant account is with TSYS and I use Auth.net as my payment gateway. The API Key from my Auth.net account was entered into eBay for me to start accepting payments through my merchant account. So I gave eBay information about my payment gateway but they know nothing about my actual merchant account. I could possibly open an account with one of the other eBay-approved payment gateways (the 3 are Auth.net, Cybersource, and Payflow), link my merchant account to it, and then link the new gateway to a 2nd eBay.

So account 1 would be : Merchant account through TSYS linked to Auth.net payment gateway, with Auth.net being attached to eBay

And account 2 would be : Merchant account through TSYS linked to Cybersource payment gateway, with Cybersource being attached to eBay.

You would have two different API keys for the same EIN since you would be using two unique payment gateways, with payments from both being fed into your one merchant account.

I hope you're able to make sense of my idea. I believe it's even more convoluted than what you were saying, lol.
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

No I understand completely; the issue is that ebay only offers three choices for payment gateways:

The first is Payflow, which is actually just paypal, aka Lucifer.

Auth.net, which I have but my API is tainted from the old account.

The third is cyber source, which is actually the same company as authorize.net but for $3M+ businesses and I'm....not quite there yet lol.
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Welcome to the forum - all the best as you master stealth
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

why not start everything fresh? May take a little longer, but in the long run it'd be worth it
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

Well, in this particular situation I was in a bit of a rush and my existing authorize.net account is the only way I have of getting paid at the moment.

But its also not just a matter of time; unless anyone knows differently, I can't just keep getting authorize.net accounts and I can't change the API ID on the existing account. Every new auth.net account requires a new EIN. Also, if I keep getting new authorize.net accounts I assume they will get suspicious.

I plan to get a new auth.net account for my new llc, telling them the reason is that I wanted to transition to an LLC from my old sole prop.

I don't know if anyone has had any issues with multiple authorize accounts.
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Well, in this particular situation I was in a bit of a rush ....
Famous last words sadly for many linked accounts
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Default Re: Linked Through Merchant/Authorize.net Accounts?

Right but I understood I was probably sacrificing the account for a couple more sales. If it lasts any longer thats gravy.
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