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Post by TheGildedCat on Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:57 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/technology/personaltech/30pogue.html
https://squareup.com/

I'm sold! The first link is to the New York Times article about the unit. It's very small and plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android. It allows you to swipe a credit card, have the user sign the screen with their finger and voila, you're in the money. It even allows you to accept tips!

"The Square plug is free. In other words, not only are you spared the contracts, the minimums and the monthly fees, but your equipment cost is zero. For all Square cares, you can keep your reader in a drawer somewhere and use it once a year.

For each transaction, Square charges you 2.75 percent of the total, plus 15 cents. Thatís a lot simpler, and usually cheaper, than actual merchant accounts, where you might pay 3 or 4 percent, depending on the kind of card, plus 30 cents a transaction.

So letís say someone from Craigslist comes over to buy your old junk. You snap the Square reader into your phone or tablet. You tap in the amount of the purchase; it could be $1 for a yo-yo, $25 for a box of old records or $12,000 for a used car (thereís no maximum amount). You type a description if you like, and maybe even take a photo of what youíre selling.

Now you swipe the customerís card, which may take you a couple of tries. Your happy customer signs the phoneís touch screen with a finger (a coming software revision will make this step optional). If you like, you can tap in the customerís e-mail address; the receipt is then sent automatically, complete with a little map showing exactly where the transaction took place. "


Sooo, I think this present a much more professional image than PayPal, and allows the flexibility of knowing that your transaction when through right there and then. Plus, you could potentially accept this at a PPF event.

What do you think?
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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:09 pm

Huh? scratch
I swear am not not in this century geek ....

Paying with a credit card over a phone?

While I have a cell phone I don't use it... it sits in the car, hidden, plugged into the charger. I only use it in emergencies (like... my tranny falling out on the Coqihalla Hwy, my rear tire shredding on the range road miles from home and calling the insurance company when I got side-swiped....)

The phone is a new one as the phone company made me change to digital... no idea how to use the functions and don't really want to. I miss my StarTac.... whaaaaaaa Crying or Very sad

Why can't a cellphone be more like a phone? to paraphrase Henry Higgins!!

However .... it does sound handy for PPF painters! Very Happy

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Post by TheGildedCat on Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:15 pm

Shannon, not calling in to pay with a phone, but actually using a small swipe reader that fits into your phone. It's like having a credit card machine anywhere you have a phone. No need for a phone line or an electric outlet. It sounds handy, but I get that not everyone is as thrilled with the whiz-bang phones coming out recently. =)
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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:33 pm

Very Happy I'm a neo-Luddite I think... or aspire to be (I'm not giving up my computer, microwave, car, washer/dryer, fridge, freezer etc etc.)

I had to watch co-workers going nutso on Thursday... one of them got the new Blackberry thingy... even the GM was over ooohing and ahhhing over the thing like it was a baby! Rolling Eyes

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Post by Perry Noia on Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:27 pm

if you have an iphone, it sounds good, if you don't that's a huge expense just for that. .... it's about the same though as the credit card things with the paper and they had to call in to get it approved over the phone, although I don't know if anyone remembers the carbon copy credit card slips anymore.
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Post by Fabtastic on Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:44 pm

Ohhh... too bad it is available only in the U.S.! It would be such a perfect solution for the office where I work. We don't accept credit cards because we get asked for it so seldom and the monthly fee makes it not worthwhile. And yeah, they already have a company iPhone so it wouldn't have been anything extra.
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Post by AngieAnders on Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:38 pm

Wow this sounds awesome, and I already have an iphone. Will have to check into this. Only thing is that I don't really have that many requests to use a credit card. Maybe because it isn't a listed form of payment?
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Post by Mirandas on Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:35 am

All these tech is crazy! Chase Bank claims that you can make check deposits by taking a pic on your Iphone..Suspect
It will be cool for people that owns a Iphone already..I'm curious about how much will cost you to be able to do that..
The only applications I use on my phone are; alarm, e-mail and GPS... Pretty useful so far!! geek
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Post by BarbieSmith on Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:36 pm

OMG, if the NYT hadn't written about this, I would think this was a scam. It just sounds too good to be true. I am off to download it... I have an Android already, sounds perfect for me. I use my phone at events (to look up team mascots, etc.) anyway!

Thanks for posting this!!!
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Post by TheGildedCat on Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:51 am

Transforming Business with Mobile Payments
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222459

And there's more in it for business owners than increased sales, notes Greg Hammermaster, president of McLean, Va.-based Sage Payment Solutions, which recently added a mobile acceptance device to its suite of services. (A pilot program with the Girl Scouts has yielded "incredible" results, he says, with customers buying three to four boxes of cookies instead of just one.) Hammermaster believes the real opportunity lies in innovations that improve business processes. "Think about invoicing, remittances--anything where there is a payment transaction at its core," he says. "All these are mobile apps waiting to happen and will bring so much more value to business owners."

Read more:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222459
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Post by KaraMundy on Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:34 am

Our company uses these. I really enjoy it. Simple, relatively fast. This sort of thing isn't too common yet, but soon people will know. My Square swiper came with stickers that is a list of all the kinds of cards we accept. I put them near prices and on my tip jar!! Lol
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Post by Doe on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:01 am

I've used this for 2.5 years now - it is *so* easy and the money hits your account very quickly. The fees are extremely reasonable. I had been using the PayPal Virtual Terminal at $36 per month plus fees and it was ridiculous.

Square ROCKS!

My Step-mom uses it for all of her trade shows/festivals/markets (she is a jewelry designer).
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Post by TheGildedCat on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:57 am

I've been using mine for over a year now and it's great. I sell a lot of faces I might not ordinarily
"sorry honey, we're out of cash, no face painting today" turns into another sale with the Square.

I ordered a 2nd in case the first stops working and I've ordered a stylus which appears more professional than signing with a finger, though that works just as well.
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Post by Tash on Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:05 am

Anyone know if you can use this in Australia?
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Post by Perry Noia on Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:03 am

there is a new one that is JUST being released in Canada that is finally affordable for small businesses!! getpayd.com is sending out applications if you contact them now. intuit is promising one coming soon but hasn't given any release dates yet. I'm waiting for my application email right now from payd, but my friend got her application and said she's already been approved and her reader is on the way. I am really looking forward to it for this summer.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:02 am

I have used SquareUp (my best friend has it, and we always set up our booths next to each other) and it's awesome! She let me use hers and just gave me the cash. I actually just got me a droid and my own Square is on it's way.
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Post by anniel on Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:08 am

Just ordered--for FREE--oh yay!-- thanks for the info!
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Post by MelodyFPL on Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:53 am

If anyone doesn't want to wait for them to ship, you can buy the Square for $10 at Radio Shack and there is a $10 rebate, so it's still free!
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Post by rthling on Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:30 am

I am SO going to get this! Thanks for the heads up!
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Post by Doe on Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:37 am

It's really a fabulous tool. And the little Square dongle is cute, too. Your customers sign using their finger right on your touch screen.

Totally rocks. I love using it - especially seeing how surprised people are! LOL
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Post by TheGildedCat on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:40 pm

There's a new kid on the block: http://gopayment.com/
It's just like the Square. Free reader, needs a smart phone, slightly less at 2.7% for transactions, but they do charge a little more for AmEx cards. I haven't tried it yet, but it might be nice to have both Square AND the Intuit as a backup.

I also ordered a stylus for clients to sign my iPhone with. It's a little more intuitive than signing with their finger. The stylus are super cheap here:
http://www.tmart.com/
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Post by Perry Noia on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:27 pm

did they finally start that one? I never got the email... I asked them to notify me when they finally got it going. Maybe it's just in Canada that they haven't gotten it going yet.

I have one from PAYD right now, it's through Moneris in Canada.
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Post by TheGildedCat on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:32 pm

Sweet! I'm glad Canadian banks finally got on board. =)
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Post by Kristal on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:48 am

Erin, how's the Moneris one? I was looking into that.

Intuit is NOT in Canada yet. I've been checking their FB page and making a fuss, haha. They just keep telling me the same thing Square did - that they can't say when it's being released but "soon"...
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Post by Perry Noia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:45 am

I like it, easy and fast. Very Happy
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