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PayPal Credit Card Reader to Take Payments Offline

Discussion in 'Payment Processing' started by malcsimm, Nov 5, 2013.

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    PayPal Offline Card Reader + Phone = Money Taken

    This looks interesting – and potentially very useful. Is it new? I've certainly not heard about it – but received an email from PayPal this morning.

    You buy a card reader from them for $99 then hook it up to your mobile phone which does the authorisation. 2.75% commission. Well, that's not much more than my merchant account commission.

    The use I'm thinking of is if you are giving a seminar and want to take payment for something you are selling, it sounds like a quick and easy method to get set up to take payment – either by PayPal or credit card.

    Obviously, you have to justify $99 cost – but then there is no monthly rental or anything like that.

    It definitely sounds useful to me. Has anyone used it?

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    Any feedback?

    Would it be useful to you?

    Malc
    malcsimm, Nov 5, 2013 IP
  2. Rishit Shah

    Rishit Shah Active Member

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    I think it will save costs if we compare it with what the banks are offering.
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    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Yeah - I'm checking what I pay now. I believe it's around 2% for Mastercard/Visa.

    But it could be very convenient having a mobile-linked way of authorising payments so worth the extra .75%.

    Malc
    malcsimm, Nov 5, 2013 IP
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    Rishit Shah Active Member

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    I think banks charge something like yearly fees and as against PayPal will charge you only one time fee of $99.
    Rishit Shah, Nov 6, 2013 IP
  5. malcsimm

    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Well, my bank charges a percentage - but you need to give them a certain amount of biz b4 they'll take you on.

    From memory I am paying 1.8% on most transactions.

    Malc
    malcsimm, Nov 6, 2013 IP
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    Rishit Shah Active Member

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    As I am from India the banks charge a % of amount and a certain yearly fees as well. My friend in a cloth shop has card swipe so I know a bit of it.
    Rishit Shah, Nov 6, 2013 IP
  7. malcsimm

    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Cool mate. One thing is sure: the banks will get their cut somewhere along the line!

    Cheers

    Malc
    malcsimm, Nov 6, 2013 IP
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    Rishit Shah Active Member

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    Completely true!:)
    Rishit Shah, Nov 6, 2013 IP
  9. WebRun

    WebRun Peon

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    malcsimm, from which country you are from?
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    long offered that kind of product. They give away the reader for free. Works on ios or android as well.
    WebRun, Nov 7, 2013 IP
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    So, here there is a long discussion about the reader for cards. Most of the customers will have doubts in using this because of the fraud possibility. I'm sure that is a good asset if you do have something to sell and you need to charge the money from a customer. I'm using their Debit Card tho and is a very useful one with a good commission in Spain for cash retrieving and shop purchasing.
    I still have doubts about this reader if will have an impact on the market but is a good tool to be taken in consideration :)
    RosuC, Nov 7, 2013 IP
  11. malcsimm

    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Mate- PP are the "fraud meisters"!

    They are paranoid about fraud.

    I don't think that's a worry for this machine.

    :|

    Malc
    malcsimm, Nov 7, 2013 IP
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    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    I am in the UK

    A PP approved machine has authority...

    M

    :)
    malcsimm, Nov 7, 2013 IP
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    Malc,
    I'm not talking about the PP strictness regarding the fraud, I'm talking about the fact that the customers will not accept so easy to insert their CC into such a machine because of the lack of information regarding it. Is like you're inserting your card into a black hole :D my 2 cents tho :D
    RosuC, Nov 8, 2013 IP
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    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Cool mate. In my experience a bunch of customers trust PayPal. When I added it to my herbal site our sales went up. So it's good to offer as an option. :)
    malcsimm, Nov 8, 2013 IP
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    I'm using PayPal from their beginnings, with their up and down as well. I have even their last Debit Card that is working so well, but to see a customer that will pass his Credit Card into your reading machine will be a bit difficult. In this moment I use 2checkout, PayPal and PayPro as payment for our websites and each of them have plus/minus, is good to have more operators because they may fail you from time to time :D
    RosuC, Nov 8, 2013 IP
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    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Yeah - it's only if you have the customer on site, as I'm sure you appreciate. So, if you were running a seminar, for example, and selling your course to visitors.

    :)

    Malc
    malcsimm, Nov 9, 2013 IP
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    Yes but if I want to sell beer - as I do have now in my mind :) I'll not be able to use the online platform :) I'll have to stick with the POS :)
    RosuC, Nov 9, 2013 IP
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    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Cool, then the PP would be perfect! :cool:
    malcsimm, Nov 9, 2013 IP