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The Best Credit Card Readers For Your Small Business 2019

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Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson has been writing about payment processing and mobile payments since 2014, and has been quoted in articles for Credit Karma and The Next Web, among others. She graduated from The University of Kansas in 2010 with bachelor's degrees in English and journalism.
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    Lollipop

    Do you know of any POS systems similar to SQUARE that can be built inside a device as permanent hardware. > EXTERNAL pos readers like SQUARE and PAYPAL are not aesthetically convenient for our devices design . Thanks.

      Emily Hale

      Hi and thanks for your question!

      If you’re concerned about the aesthetics and do not want any sort of hardware, I suggest looking into taking the payment on your existing device through a virtual terminal. You can take payments like this with most credit card processors, including Square. Check out What Is a Virtual Terminal for more information on how it works. Best of luck!

        Judith Brandman

        I will be closing a brick and mortar store to do business online and over the phone.
        Since no actual cards will be present, what is the best way to go?
        Thanks!

          Dakota Fillet

          Hi Judith, I would suggest visiting our Online Payment Processing Comparison page for a quick look into your options. Additionally, you may want to visit our article on The Best Online Credit Card Payment Processing Companies for a deeper look into those options. Best of luck!

            Bill Baumgarten

            I spend 5 months in Brazil every year. This year I noticed several places including Taxis are using yellow credit card readers. They advertize that thay take VISA, but as of yet I have not found one that will take mine from CapitalOne with a chip. Initially I was embarassed when the machine rejected my card, and fortunateky had cash with me to pay…..however I prefer to pay by card, because of the exchange rate, and understand why small businesses are using them, but isn’t it possible to make changes so they do accept International cards?

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              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi there Bill,

              We aren’t too sure how to answer this question, but our guess is that it probably has something to do with how the card readers are set up to verify the cardholder’s identity (chip + PIN vs chip + signature). Brazil has had EMV since 1999, though EMV cards are frequently compromised there. In our opinion, you’re probably better off paying cash, even if the exchange rate isn’t so good.

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                Jeaneen

                Thank you so much for this article! I learned so much!

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                  David

                  I am surprised that you have not reviewed “Dream Payments” as they take both credit and debit cards.

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