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What is a "trade reference"?

     
1:17 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm filling out a merchant account application and it asks for trade references? What does that mean exactly?

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1:27 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It means other businesses that you have credit or do business with.
5:36 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here are some more descriptions of 'trade reference' which you might find useful:

#...A trade reference is a business that extends credit or otherwise has a business relationship with the applicant.

#...Trade references are numismatic companies with whom you do business. Companies look for references, who can attest to an applicant's reliability and business ethics.

#...Trade references are used as a type of credit report to say. You would give them the name of other companies you currently do open business with as a source for them to verify your legit and not a scam artist to say. It also helps if you have good trade references as to the line of credit they will let you carry. This would allow you to send a P.O. to them for the items you are ordering and send payment within the time allotted by them. The trade references act as a credit rating so to speak.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:28 am (utc) on April 14, 2005]
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