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The Best Credit Card Readers For Your Small Business

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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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    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?

      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.


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


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

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