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RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 14 7:18 pm    Post subject: Taking card payments  Reply with quote    

What do you all use?

I have signed up to Izettle

They all seem to charge about the same transaction fees & this one had the cheapest card reader at £59 inc VAT.


If you use that link you will get your first transaction free.

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 14 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks good - simple to use. Transaction fees are competitive.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 14 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

www.worldpayzinc.com - excellent service so far (2 years).

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 14 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I looked at that one Rob as I used to use them with a proper merchant account.

The reader was £30 more & the charges the same.

Ok it does do mail order stuff too but we only need face to face as the other stuff can be done on the website.

Bodrighy



Joined: 15 Aug 2008
Posts: 2157
Location: Near Devizes
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 14 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have Izettle and have found that as often as not we can't get a good enough signal on our mobiles to use it. Problem with doing larger shows in the country.

Pete

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 14 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

LOL I guess that would be the same with any remote card device that used the same phone service.

Get a few diff PAYG sims & an unlocked phone. Switch em out till you get one that works. Luckily round here our phone has great coverage.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 10813

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would agree that the best one is the one you get signal on in most of the places you go. One reason we don't use a card reader is that some places round here have very poor coverage, even though it is in a fairly heavily populated area. Remember, it only needs one hill.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
I would agree that the best one is the one you get signal on in most of the places you go. One reason we don't use a card reader is that some places round here have very poor coverage, even though it is in a fairly heavily populated area. Remember, it only needs one hill.



That is not up to the device its up to the phone that you tether it too.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is, but if you have a lot of places with no signal, it does influence whether you bother with a card reader at all. I didn't realise that they were all connected through an ordinary mobile; I thought some at least were free standing as it were.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The bigger merchant account types have their own phone built in. The cheaper ones use your phone. With the ones that use your phone it would be simple to have more than one sim to increase your chance of getting a signal.

OK it might not be a 100% solution but having it available for even 50% of the time would be better than never being able to take cards.

I would think that craft traders would snap something like this up to increase sales at shows.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As a deal like this costs nothing when not in use it's so cost effective, even if you don't use it very often. Just the virtual terminal alone saves £20 per month on Paypal fees.

Melli-Jane



Joined: 09 Mar 2011
Posts: 272
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 14 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we have signed up to iZettle, unfortunately our first show was at Singleton which is a complete dead zone for mobile signals. We both have smart phones on EE and Three with no result on either. Sadly, Singleton's own wifi was also struggling to transmit any signal. on speaking to other regular traders they had mobile card readers with roaming sims so that they could pick up whatever signal was best (at that location it's vodaphone or nothing). we will be looking at getting an unlocked smartphone with roaming sim in future.
izettle seems easy to use and those transactions we have done have worked well and the reporting is clear and easy.
Maplin now sell iZettle card readers if you wanted to poke and prod first!

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 14 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps show organisers need to be pressured in offering decent WiFi facilities to stall holders. It's not difficult.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 14 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
Perhaps show organisers need to be pressured in offering decent WiFi facilities to stall holders. It's not difficult.


It could be done quite cheaply too.

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