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Credit card phone swiper for business? Have you used it?

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I rent a kitchen when i have cake orders. So I thought it would be good to offer a credit card option since as of now i will only take cash. has anyone used it?
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post #2 of 28
I have. Mine is called 'the square'. There is a thread on it if you do a search.

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post #3 of 28
I use square as well.
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post #4 of 28
I use Square as well, and I love it. I just noticed the other day, though, that Paypal has come out with something similar and has similar fees to what Square charges. Just something to think about if you already have a Paypal account.
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Originally Posted by sweetflowers

I have. Mine is called 'the square'. There is a thread on it if you do a search.



I am horrible when it come to wording for searches. what did you type to get the thread???
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Thanks Jason. The thread on CC was titled something with 'Square Up'.

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Yes, Square Up is the name of the company, but everyone just calls it square. I have it and love it. I saw something about Paypal having something similar, but couldn't find anything on the website. I've been using Paypal for years.
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post #9 of 28
I use paypal and square, and they both have their place. Square has been great for having a clinet at tastings say "can I put a deposit down now?" while they hand you their credit card. You can just run the card right away without having to send them to the paypal website.
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can you use either Paypal or Square to accept credit cards over the phone and process?
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post #11 of 28
My site is set up as an e-commerce site. This is another option if you don't see the person face-to-face. They can purchase from the site or I can make them a custom invoice. Over the phone, I can type in the information. If you are with the customer, a quick invoice can be paid immediately.

I use square only for my corporate and national accounts. These are the only clients that don't have to prepay. I have had two occasions where the client's credit card wouldn't work on Paypal. For those people I have used square.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by CakeInfatuation

can you use either Paypal or Square to accept credit cards over the phone and process?



Paypal no, square yes.
post #13 of 28
I use PayPal for Cakes Divine and on my website and in my store front Cupcakes Divine I use the square register app on my iPad. Absolutely love the square register and the detailed analysis reports that come with it are perfect! It turns your iPad into a POS system. We found a stand at office depot and attached an iPad snap case to it. It gives us the ability to flip the iPad so the customer can sign. It is so cool!
post #14 of 28
Actually paypal now has a credit card scanner device too, like Square. It's demo'd in the 'Merchant Services' tab. I haven't used it, the Square is perfect for me. I use paypal for online business, Square for in person credit cards.

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post #15 of 28
Besides portability, is there any other advantage to having Square over having a regular terminal in your store? What happens if you are in a poor cell spot (say at a rural farmer's market or something)...you are purely relying on your cell service to process the transactions via Square, right?
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