What’s the difference between a refund and a dispute?

A refund is when the merchant agrees to return an amount of funds back to the customer's credit card. This could happen when the customer has returned the goods, or is unhappy with their purchase and the merchant provides a partial or full refund.

A dispute occurs when the cardholder contacts their card issuing bank directly to challenge a charge on their credit card statement. Reasons for this could include:

  • The card details were used without their authority (i.e. fraud)
  • The cardholder contacted the merchant for a refund but didn’t get a response
  • The goods/service provided were not as described

View our product guide on how to manage and respond to disputes from your Pin Payments dashboard.

Read our blog post Understanding risk for small businesses accepting payments online for more information on disputes.

Unable to find the answer you need? Contact our team for assistance.
Pin Payments acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, water and community.
We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present.