Credit Card Processing Fees

negotiating with your payment gatewayIf you’re selling online or selling in your store or farmer’s market stall you know about credit cards. But do you know all about the fees that credit card processing can cost you? We’ll break this down and make it simple to understand. Here are the basic fees.

Pass Through and Bundled Pricing

Your merchant services provider or payment gateway will charge you pass through or bundled pricing. What’s the difference? Pass through means that you have complete transparency into the detailed fees that you are being charged. Bundled means that you generally pay one price and you don’t see the details. Which is better? In most cases you will want pass through pricing.

Authorization, Capture, Refund and Void Fees

There are four basic components of a credit card transaction. We’ll explain each one of them below.

Authorization

When you send the customer’s payment to your merchant services provider you are sending an authorization. This is to check the credit card and see if a payment can be made. This stops bad credit cards or expired credit cards from being used. The authorization request also sets aside money on the customer’s credit card. Credit cards have dollar limits so this reserve needs to be booked.

Capture

When you receive an OK from the payment gateway on your authorization you are ready to ship the product to your customer. Before you ship the product you will send a capture request to the payment gateway. This capture request does the actual charging on the customer’s credit card. Some payment processors will do an automatic capture for you. Generally you will want to capture the authorization within 48 hours or less.

Refunds

Customers will be dissatisfied and ask for their money back. You will investigate the refund to be sure a purchase was made and then send the refund to the payment gateway.

Void

A Void is used to cancel an authorization. Suppose you are out of stock of the product that your customer purchased. You have no product so you need to void the authorization request.You should ask the payment gateway to give you a quote on each one of these items.

Interchange Fees

Interchange is the name of the fee paid to the credit card network. It’s a standard fee that is publicly available. Most payment gateways will want to pay this for you on your behalf. By doing this the payment gateway has more control over the money they make from you. You need to ask for a “pass through” rate. This is where you pay the interchange fees directly to the credit card companies and your fees to the payment gateway are separate. This can get difficult as the payment gateway will tell you that you’re not big enough to make this worthwhile. That can sometimes be true. But try asking all three of your payment gateways.

Gateway Fees

Gateway fees are monthly fees for using the gateway. These are not important fees and you normally can request that they be removed. Gateways will often charge a monthly maintenance fee. This fee goes straight into the payment gateway’s pocket and there is little value. You can negotiate removing this fee by telling the payment gateway provider that you believe in paying for work. Therefore, you want to pay them when there is a transaction.

Implementation Fees

Implementation can have a cost for the payment gateway. Most payment gateways will have people and processes ready to help you. So this is a fee that you should remove. In some cases you won’t be able to if you have a low volume or complicated integration that needs testing. However, there should not be much of a fee here as the payment gateway provider should make money from a steady flow of transactions and not one time fees.

Chargeback Fees

Chargeback fees have three components. Reciepts, representment one and representment two.
Receipts are when you the merchant request prove that the customer authorized the transaction. The payment processor pulls an electronic receipt for you. Representments are when you collect compelling evidence that the customer has made a purchase from you. There are two representments. These are known as representment 1 and representment 2. (Thank goodness the naming here is not complicated.) The payment gateway provider will charge you for each item.

Receipt: You request and receive a transaction record from your payment gateway provider. You will typically have your own records. But its good to get a price on this in case you need it.
Representment 1

Representment 1 is when the evidence you collected that shows you made a sale to the customer is passed to the customer’s bank. Why the bank? The bank is who sold or issued the credit card to the customer. There is a fee here for the payment gateway to help you through this process.

Representment 2

Representment 2 happens when the bank tells your payment gateway that they agree with their customer. In Representment 2 you have more opportunity to present your case. There is a fee for this service.

Other Fees

There are other fees that we will cover in the next installment of this series. But let’s first do a quick recap of the steps to negotiate with a payment processor.

Here is more information on merchant accounts, merchant services and payment gateways.

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@usascottwright – While we don’t currently support Epson printers, it’s definitely a popular feature request. I’ll update this thread if that changes in the future! Also, apologies for the delay in following up with you.
Many businesses understand the importance of offering promotions and discounts, so a receipt printer capable of printing coupons, too, is incredibly useful. Businesses that service a high volume of customers every day, and especially those that create long, itemized receipts should consider a model with a high paper-per-minute production rate. If the receipt printer is for a home office, where the user doesn’t want to disturb others, a person should look for a thermal printer; these are the quietest variety since they do not use any impact to create the font.
My first inclination, having just taken a class in C++ using pthreads, was to simply use locks. I created a shared NSLock through a class method and locked before listening and printing, as described in Apple’s Threading Programming Guide. I was excited when it accomplished the mutual exclusion I wanted, but my coworkers were less thrilled about using such a low-level solution given the higher level abstractions available in iOS. In search of a higher-level solution, I replaced the global concurrent queue on which I was running the printer code with a serial dispatch queue, allowing only one block to be run at once. I was getting warmer, but my new solution still raised some concerns.
Square is officially compatible with certain APG and Star Micronics brand printer driven cash drawers. Printer driven cash drawers must be hooked up to a receipt printer that is compatible with Square in order to work properly.
You can add your logo and text to your receipt. This is done with software that is included with the receipt printer. By adding your logo to your receipts you have a place to advertise your business. You can also put your phone number on your receipt or your website URL. This is a good thing to do if you’re selling at a craft show, fair, farmers market and etc. The customer may not remember your name and may not go online to search for your website. But if you put your website on the receipt you have a better chance of the customers visiting your website to make a purchase.
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An affordable option that operates quickly and efficiently, the Excelvan Thermal is able to download and print graphics without a problem. It is equipped with rubber feet that grip the surface it’s sitting on to prevent it from slipping and sliding around.
Square works with any printer driven cash drawer, as long as the cash drawer is compatible with the receipt printer you’re using. We successfully used Square with APG, MMF, and POS-X printer driven cash drawers (hooked up to our TSP100III Ethernet printer), but any printer driven cash drawer should work. If you’re looking for a cash drawer to use instead of the official cash drawers, we recommend:
Complete your countertop POS system with this Square register kit. Print paper receipts, daily sales reports and summaries right from your iPad. Includes, Square reader, Star Ethernet Printer, APG 13″ Vasario Cash Drawer, drawer cable, extra 2 rolls of thermal receipt paper and installation support.
I have a friend who runs a small shop and knew the Esky ES-CD01 Heavy Duty RJ-12 Key-Lock Cash Drawer would be perfect for his application. This drawer was a massive upgrade to the system he had been using. He had tried other drawers with different connections and designs, however this one was really the best.
First and foremost, a little background info: I own my own business and have been using the Square Register POS system for over four years. I have a different kit, but they’re all similar products. When my friends decided to open their restaurant, they went with an old school cash register and struggled at the end of the night with keeping track of taxes because it was not as intuitive to use. I convinced them to order this kit from Amazon and the other necessary items elsewhere and helped them set everything up in less than 30 minutes. This kit provided an excellent, trusted printer and an easy to connect cash drawer. Upon arrival, I had an issue with the cash drawer – it would not open. A quick email (on a Sunday) to the seller, and he gave me advice and a link to an explanation as to how to fix the stuck drawer. Using his explanation took me a couple of minutes to fix it. I am a realistic person, and I understand that things don’t always go as planned, so I was happy the seller worked with me fast to come to a solution. I gave this five stars because of the customer service – you can find similar products elsewhere and they all work the same way… but the customer service provided made this an excellent purchase! Thanks EOM-POS!
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Pay Pal says this is compatible, but the few reps I have spoken with are not really familiar enough to guide me through. My LG Optimus phone runs T-Mobile 4g. I connected stand alone router(LAN?) to printer. I am guessing there is a conflict and I need to disconnect 4g or whatever wifi is connected to phone in order to pick-up signal from LAN router, assuming I can’t receive two simultaneous signals. That would disconnect me from Pay Pal transaction. Don’t know what I missing,but so far it’s a lot of wasted time and money. There’s no customer service that I can find with printer and the user guide is scant. I’ll take another look at Star website, but don’t expect to find a solution there. A USB connection would have likely prevented many issues/
A simple print button on the tablet application would allow us to connect to a local or network printer and print the same form data. Why is this still impossible? Why can we still not utilize our desktop or local printers to print receipt data from the app?
If the email address entered for receipt delivery is no longer active or is incorrect, Square will need to unlink this information from your customer’s payment card. Have your customer contact us for help.
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The Star Micronics TSP143IIILAN works with Square Payments. Star Micronics is a well known manufacturer of receipt printers. They make many different models. You connect to a Square iPad stand with a USB cable. This receipt printer uses 80 mm width or 3 1/8 inch width thermal paper for the receipts. There is a roll of paper that ships with the receipt printer. An auto cutter mechanism cuts the receipt paper for you when you make a sale.
Please note, these printers can only be used with iOS devices at this time. I don’t have a timeline for when they’ll be supported with Android devices yet. But I’ll report back when I have an update! 😀
Designed to churn out more than 100 miles of printed receipts, the Pos-X Evo Green will help your business run smoothly and effectively for the long haul. It’s a powerful option, but at only six inches wide, it’s compact enough to fit on cluttered desks.
I’m a software engineering intern at Square and have been working on Bluetooth printer support for iPad. This feature was released in our latest Square Register build and brings physical receipt printing using Star printers to a mobile customer base. Before this version, Register for iPad supported printed receipts through Star printers connected by WiFi and USB. Adding support for a new type of printer was a great choice for an intern project as it was a combination of building off of an existing hardware integration layer and extending it to support new concurrency requirements. Integrating this new feature into Square’s codebase was a great lesson of how a well-designed code base can make writing new code easier.
With your choice of one or two under till media slots, the Series 4000 makes safely storing receipts, large bills, or other important media a snap. The spacious heavy duty till features coated bill stays and stronger than average dividers, so you can be sure your money stays put.
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I am sure that this has been asked and answered, but the search feature on this communities site is not very robust and the information I’ve been able to gather from square/communities is not entirely clear. So I am asking again (maybe).
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Note that you may connect a barcode scanner via USB cable to the Square Stand, but if you are using an iPad without Square Stand, the barcode scanner must be a bluetooth barcode scanner. For more information on the correct bluetooth scanner to use when connecting directly to an iPad, click here.
I don’t have any personal use of this but this item says it takes usb input and converts it to the connection that would come out of the printer from what I understand. It may work, it may not. There are no reviews that are helpful of the product.
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The Star Micronics TSP 143 prints in two colors and benefits from a sturdy build and a simple interface. It includes a convenient error reporting feature, which notifies you if the device loses Internet connectivity in the middle of a job.
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Can ayone tell me if you can connect two printers to Square as well as a bank POS system? I have a coffee shop in Canada and we are looking at installing Square next month but would like to have a printer connected wirelessly to our kitchen as well as a receipt printer at our front counter. In addition to that I also need to have a bank pin pad and printer connected as Square does not accept debit in Canada (been waiting for that for a long time Square people!). Thanks.
The Square Stand is one of the easiest ways to add a full featured POS for your business in minutes. Setting up your POS terminal has never been so easy. Simply select the USB components that you want for your register. Plug a receipt printer, cash drawer, and barcode scanner into the included USB hardware hub for instant setup. It’s plug & play easy. It’s just another way that Square Register is making commerce easy.
A monochrome model that’s easily set up on a desk, the Epson TM-T20II is ideal for small retail and specialty stores. The paper is simple to load and runs smoothly, so you won’t have to worry about struggling to feed it through rollers.
The Ethernet printers compatible with Square Point of Sale are thermal printers. They require heat-sensitive paper and won’t work with non-thermal receipt paper. These types of printers aren’t ideal for kitchens or high-temperature working areas.
2. USB Connection: If the cash drawer is connected via USB cable to the Square Stand: When you accept a cash payment, tap “Tender” from Square Register and your cash drawer will open automatically (If you’ve enabled PIN protection, you will need to provide the passcode).
If you accept credit card payments from your customers at your place of business, you’ll want a receipt printer. A receipt printer automatically prints a receipt for your customer when they make a purchase.
The following hardware accessories are compatible with Square Stand. All hardware connecting directly to the Square Stand but will connect to the stand via USB. Note that with Square Stand you can use either a cash drawer that plugs into the receipt printer or one that plugs into the USB block of the Square Stand. We recommend using the printer connection since the printer connected cash drawer is simpler and less expensive than the USB version.
Square is not interested in using anyone but Star. And their attitude is that they frankly don’t care. I know, I have emails from them about it. If I was to guess, I would bet they have a deal with Star that funds their (insert pizza parties, to silk pockets). But lets be realistic. I mean it has to be something viable, right? The fact that Star uses the same print protocals that Epson uses has no bearing on an Epson receipt printer not working. It goes in the same line as Android devices can’t use bluetooth devices… although that new chip reader is bluetooth. It is a lack of customer service and they need to step up to the plate, or someone is going to come along and take their business away from them.
Generally speaking, the Star printers will just show TSP100 on the front of the actual printer but those are the model numbers; it is kind of confusing. Feel free to share a link or two to the printers you’re viewing, I’d be happy to confirm.
In addition, there are a number of Bluetooth barcode scanners that can work with Square with limited functionality. These scanners can scan barcodes and look up products by SKU or product name, but they do not automatically add products to the current order. Bluetooth barcode scanners we tested include:
There are a number of accessories that work Square for iOS beyond what’s on their officially compatible list. Please keep in mind that although we have tested the following hardware and found that it works, Square will not support it should you run into difficulties.
This is an impact printer. So it makes a noise when it prints. Why would you want this? You might want it if you are in an area such as a kitchen where thermal paper receipts don’t print as well because of moisture in the area. You would not want this noise around customers. But if you have a moist area such as a busy kitchen this impact printer may be what you can use. Here is the user manual for the Star Micronics SP742ML.
To create your own bar codes and labels, you’ll need to use a third-party application. At the moment, we don’t support bar code and label printers and can’t guarantee compatibility, but many customers have success using the DYMO Label Writer 450 and labels with Square.
A one-stop-shop for taking orders, accepting various types of payment, and printing receipts, the Epsilont Square takes care of myriad needs at once. It’s stylish and professional in appearance, with a built-in cash drawer and a handy tablet stand on top.
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Square Point of Sale on an iPad is compatible with a wide variety of third-party hardware accessories. Below, you’ll find a list of supported accessories, where to purchase them, and information on getting set up.
Yes, this bundle includes the cash drawer, usb receipt printer and Square Stand. It does not include the iPad. It currently supports the following iPad versions: iPad (5th generation, 2017), iPad Pro 9.7”, iPad Air 2 and iPad Air.
When you connect to the USB Receipt Printer or Ethernet Receipt Printer with the included cable, the cash drawer will open every time you complete a cash sale. Or use the included keys to manually open.
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I have a friend who runs a small shop and knew the Esky ES-CD01 Heavy Duty RJ-12 Key-Lock Cash Drawer would be perfect for his application. This drawer was a massive upgrade to the system he had been using. He had tried other drawers with different connections and designs, however this one was really the best.
This video, from http://www.beaglehardware.com, describes how to connect the approved printer and cash drawer to Square Register. With Square Register, you can print receipts for your customers at the counter. Connect to a cash drawer to make change for customers and store cash. The cash drawer will automatically open when connected to a supported receipt printer for every cash transaction and refund on your iPad or Android device.
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I’d like to take a step back from discussing integration challenges to mention a few examples from the Square Register code base that made my life easier for this project. The code separates operations looking for connected peripherals and interacting with them and uses abstract superclasses to provide a consistent API to the rest of the app. Because the code was so robust, my new printer code fit well into the rest of the app, and existing code used by other printers fit well into my own new code. One good example is our receipt image renderer. The renderer works by putting data into an HTML document styled by CSS, rendering that HTML into an unseen web view and then rendering the view into PNG image data that can be sent to the printer. The HTML and CSS scale to fit different-sized windows and thus are a good generalizable solution for multiple print widths. All of the printers that we had previously supported (WiFi and USB printers) printed three-inch wide receipts. However most of the Bluetooth printers I worked with use two-inch wide paper. Thanks to the flexibility of our renderer, all I had to do was set the correct print width of a printer and voilà — the receipts were seamlessly resized and looked great.
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Implementing Bluetooth printing introduced new limitations in parallel processing and communication that required me to rethink how we manage concurrency in our printing system. If you’re familiar with multi-threaded code, you probably already realize that expensive operations, such as peripheral communication, downloading and uploading, and heavy computation, are best run asynchronously off the main UI thread. In our code for WiFi printing, this is done using the most basic functionality of Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), one of Apple’s built-in mechanisms for managing concurrent tasks. For more detailed info about GCD, read Apple’s documentation . Each print operation and printer discovery operation is added to a global concurrent queue that runs the code on a private thread, abstracting away the mechanics of threading. The result of this is that the different operations are allowed to run in parallel with no restraints and no control.
If you need a remote Kitchen Impact Order Printer, the Star SP742ML or SP742ME will work for all applications. It is a Dot Matrix Receipt Printer and uses a ribbon, so you can print on carbon copy paper rolls, or standard single ply :
Square for iPad is compatible with Bluetooth or Ethernet interface receipt printers, printer driven cash drawers (that are compatible with your receipt printer), and Bluetooth interface barcode scanners. For easy-to-use hardware kits, see our Square In-A-Box Basic Kit or Square In-A-Box Premium Kit. Below is the list of recommended hardware for Square for iPad. For more information on compatibility, please give us a call!
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To enable printing to your receipt printer from Square, you first need to connect your receipt printer to your iPad. In Square, go to Settings > Printers, tap “Create New Printer Station” and follow the instructions to connect your receipt printer. Once it’s connected, make sure “Receipts, Bills, and Reports” (under Print From This Device) is toggled on. This screen is also where you can enable printing kitchen tickets (if you have a kitchen printer).
The TSP143UII ECO thermal receipt printer is directly supported in Square Stand and is both fast and reliable. This receipt printer can print as many as 30 six inch receipts per minute. The Mean Cycles Before Failure (MCBF) is 60 million lines and the Guillotine Auto cutter of 1 Million cuts. It has a clamshell design that allows for very fast and easy paper loading. There is no need to download drivers or utilities – they’re all included in the box. The futurePRNT Receipt Redisign Software allows you to customize and brand receipts – to help you keep customers coming back time and time again with professional graphics (logos, coupons, and merge images), word-triggered advertising, and more! It is also included on installation CD and is free and simple to use. In fact, the TSP143UII ECO thermal receipt printer comes complete with everything you need including: printer, power supply, USB cable, wall bracket – even a sample (partial) roll of thermal paper to get you started.
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The Epsilont Star Bundle comes with a complete mounting kit for quick and easy installation. It uses heat to print on the paper, which eliminates the annoying need to change the cartridge and saves you a little bit of cash on ink.
Built to serve as a comprehensive solution that will perform well for a high volume of transactions, the Star Micronics TSP Eco is a nice option for establishments that are churning out a lot of sales. Plus, you can have it up and running in minutes.
Another nice touch is that they include a CD which allows you to customize the printer (add logos, sync with POS systems, custom data to add once the receipt is printed, etc). Keep in mind though, this customization works with certain POS systems, not all. On Square, I can’t tell the printer to print out all of the extra stuff since the POS for Square is very simplified.
Thermal printers use heat to create characters. Many people prefer them since they don’t require ink or toner, which can be quite costly to replace after years of doing business. In fact, thermal printers are one of the top money-saving tools used by companies who do a lot of shipping labels. Thermal printers use coated thermochromic paper, and the thermal head heats up the areas where it needs to create characters. The heat causes the coating on the paper to turn black, resulting in the desired content. Thermal printers are usually faster than Dot-matrix or Inkjet models since the characters are created in one movement.
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Everything you need to get started taking in orders and money (except the iPad and the cash for the till!). Includes, Square credit card reader, receipt printer with Ethernet interface, 2 rolls of receipt paper, 13″ wide cash drawer with till, and all cables for connecting the printer and cash drawer.
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Square for iOS is compatible with Ethernet or Bluetooth interface Star Micronics brand printers. They have also recently added compatibility with certain Epson receipt printers. There are both thermal and impact printers available. The following printers work with Square for iOS:
I don’t have any personal use of this but this item says it takes usb input and converts it to the connection that would come out of the printer from what I understand. It may work, it may not. There are no reviews that are helpful of the product.
If you accept credit card payments from your customers at your place of business, you’ll want a receipt printer. A receipt printer automatically prints a receipt for your customer when they make a purchase.
Many businesses understand the importance of offering promotions and discounts, so a receipt printer capable of printing coupons, too, is incredibly useful. Businesses that service a high volume of customers every day, and especially those that create long, itemized receipts should consider a model with a high paper-per-minute production rate. If the receipt printer is for a home office, where the user doesn’t want to disturb others, a person should look for a thermal printer; these are the quietest variety since they do not use any impact to create the font.
Had 3 of these in my place to on cash draws one in the kitchen they work well as long as there is no internet/WiFi drop off. Using it with couple IPad Airs and Square register app for several years. When I loose internet or sometimes they seem to disconnect from the register even when I don’t have internet problems and they usually have to powered off and on. Also in the mean time my cash draw wont open and I have to find the key. Being so annoyed I with connection issues I have since replaced them with the USB versions (except the kitchen one) and all my problems stopped.
I kept the static method I’d written for having a single, unique lock and changed it to create a single, unique dispatch queue. The static method, however, introduced a new issue I’d overlooked: upon logging out of the app, the queue would persist while the code blocks it ran tried to access deallocated data. This new issue finally pushed me to use an even higher level concurrency abstraction, NSOperationQueue (see Apple’s documenation for more details). NSOperationQueues are built on top of GCD but provide several extra features, including the ability to cancel operations. Moving printer communication code to an NSOperation subclass was a small amount of extra work that paid big dividends. By storing the operation queue as an instance variable on the print controller, I was able to cancel all waiting printing and printer discovery operations and deallocate the queue itself in just a few lines of code.
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Star Micronics TSP100 futurePRNT is the first all-in-one receipt printer. Yes, all the parts and software are included in one box. To get you setup quickly, we’ve included an internal power supply, interface cable, power cable, complete mounting kits and a paper roll. To bring you the future of receipt printing now, we’re also including a full set of software utilities. Redesign your receipt without modifying your application. Add your logo. Add coupons. Preview receipts and enhance bar codes. Included operating system drivers allow for ‘Plug & Play’ automatic installation.
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Please note, these printers can only be used with iOS devices at this time. I don’t have a timeline for when they’ll be supported with Android devices yet. But I’ll report back when I have an update! 😀
Did you just purchase a Square Stand or have the Square Register app running on your Android, iPhone or Tablet and need a Receipt Printer or Cash Drawer Hardware Bundle? There are a few different models and options for you to choose from when selecting a Thermal or Impact Receipt Printer and we will go over these here. We will cover other popular POS apps like Shopify, Breadcrumb, Shopkeep, PayPal Here and Clover in upcoming articles.
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If you want a small and easy to carry receipt printer, this may be it. It weighs less than half a pound. It is easy to carry around. For people who sell at craft shows, farmers markets and historical fairs this may be the receipt printer.
In addition, there are a number of Bluetooth barcode scanners that can work with Square with limited functionality. These scanners can scan barcodes and look up products by SKU or product name, but they do not automatically add products to the current order. Bluetooth barcode scanners we tested include:
You may plug a receipt printer into one of the three USB ports found on the Square Stand accessories hub, but kitchen printers are typically located some distance away from your checkout register – farther away than a USB cable will reach.
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The rest of the peripheral library code was also reusable. Admittedly, our deep class hierarchy was rather intimidating when I first came to Square, but it ended up being possibly my greatest resource in writing this feature. At the highest level, Register has a Peripheral class to model every hardware device we support. It includes common properties like manufacturer name, model name, and its connection state. At the next level down is the Printer class, which encapsulates printer-specific information like the kind of data it can print and its print width, as well as abstract methods for printing images and text. Having this infrastructure in place made the design of the Bluetooth printer class clearer, and provided a clean, generic API for the rest of the app to use to print images and text to any printer, leaving the low-level details of the printer communication to the subclasses.
Restaurant owners need receipt printers that are heat and humidity resistant as they will likely place them in the kitchen where their staff can quickly receive new orders. Busy businesses that have a lot of staff moving around should look for a receipt printer in a sturdy clamshell housing that can survive being knocked over. If someone needs their receipt printer to communicate with several computers, they should get one with Ethernet and local area network connectivity.
If you are buying this for the Amazon Local Register payment platform, be sure to get the Ethernet version (not the USB version). This one only connects to your network and not directly to a computer.
Everything we’ve read indicates that the device works with Square Payments. Businesses can add the receipt printer alongside the Square Stand. If you’re using IOS or Android with Square you can use this receipt printer.
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There are three main types of receipt printers: Inkjet, Dot-matrix, and Thermal. Dot-matrix printers have a small printing head that moves either in an up and down or side to side motion. Like a typewriter, this printer depends on the impact of the head against the paper to produce characters. The head hits a cloth ribbon that is covered in ink, and then impresses a character onto the paper. It creates characters through a series of thousands of tiny dots, which is how it gets its name. One concern with Dot-matrix printers is that the ribbon must frequently be replaced. Inkjet printers use tiny ink guns to create their characters, instead of impact. The guns shoot little dots of ink at the paper, but the dots are so minuscule that people cannot detect them inside of the characters.
Regarding the printers, several of our Square customers have had to return their TSP100iii bluetooth printers due to compatibility issues. Star’s TSP654II Bluetooth model is the best choice. They make a model specifically designed for either iOS or Windows/Android systems. Here is a link with information and the specific model numbers for each: http://www.posshopper.com/star-tsp654ii-bti-thermal-receipt-printer.html
The Square Stand is one of the easiest ways to add a full featured POS for your business in minutes. Setting up your POS terminal has never been so easy. Simply select the USB components that you want for your register. Plug a receipt printer, cash drawer, and barcode scanner into the included USB hardware hub for instant setup. It’s plug & play easy. It’s just another way that Square Register is making commerce easy.
The Epsilont Star Bundle comes with a complete mounting kit for quick and easy installation. It uses heat to print on the paper, which eliminates the annoying need to change the cartridge and saves you a little bit of cash on ink.
GOOJPRT PT – 210 58MM Bluetooth Thermal Printer Portable Wireless Receipt Machine for Windows Android iOS. – With Bluetooth 4.0 function, support Android, iOS and Windows, convenient for you to print …
Make sure not to send your customers’ receipts to yourself. You’ll receive a payment confirmation after every successful transaction, and you can view payment details from your online Square Dashboard.
Star Micronics TSP100 futurePRNT is the first all-in-one receipt printer. Yes, all the parts and software are included in one box. To get you setup quickly, we’ve included an internal power supply, interface cable, power cable, complete mounting kits and a paper roll. To bring you the future of receipt printing now, we’re also including a full set of software utilities. Redesign your receipt without modifying your application. Add your logo. Add coupons. Preview receipts and enhance bar codes. Included operating system drivers allow for ‘Plug & Play’ automatic installation.
@usascottwright – While we don’t currently support Epson printers, it’s definitely a popular feature request. I’ll update this thread if that changes in the future! Also, apologies for the delay in following up with you.

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Everything you need to get started taking in orders and money (except the iPad and the cash for the till!). Includes, Square credit card reader, receipt printer with Ethernet interface, 2 rolls of receipt paper, 13″ wide cash drawer with till, and all cables for connecting the printer and cash drawer.
Please help! I ordered a pos hardware bundle from Walmart.com and it’s not recognized by My square stand! Is there a way of “tricking” square stand into recognizing my usb receipt printer and cash drawer?
APG’s Stratis tablet holder is designed for mobile and tablet point of sale applications. The Stratis enables an iPad to seamlessly slide over to the customer facing side for signature approvals, while giving the cashier a firm base to work from during the transaction process. A magnetic connection between the Stratis holder and a cash drawer holds the tablet firmly in place. Available in black or white. $125.95 Black
I have a friend who runs a small shop and knew the Esky ES-CD01 Heavy Duty RJ-12 Key-Lock Cash Drawer would be perfect for his application. This drawer was a massive upgrade to the system he had been using. He had tried other drawers with different connections and designs, however this one was really the best.
Star TSP650II TSP654IIBTI Printer (Bluetooth Interface / Auto Cutter / Dark Gray). Learn more about theStar Micronics TSP654IIBI-24. Star Micronics. Thermal Printer. Direct Thermal. Printer Type. Aver…
Pick what works best for your business. All orders of $49-$5,000 are eligible for monthly payments; select at checkout. Contact Support here if you’d like to have the $5,000 limit waived for your business.
Bought this strictly to print receipts with the Amazon Local Register iPad App and card reader, as it is the only receipt printer supported at this time by that platform. (Bought it used via an Amazon re-seller; works perfectly. It was easy to set up on the network using the downloadable Windows software. Once set up, my iPad and the Amazon Local Register app found the printer and linked to it easily. I haven’t tried using any of the other options (like printing our logo or printing coupons), but for what I bought it for it works perfectly. It prints extremely fast and clearly. The cutter works well, too. It is nice that it can be mounted to a vertical surface if desired.
But my point is that an adding machine paper-receipt looks unprofessional in some businesses. An inexpensive ink jet or better, a multitasking network office printer that is already in use would make a LOT more sense for me. I’m sure they are robust and work fine, they just don’t suit my business and I don’t like being so limited in the TYPE of printer I can use.
A rapid print speed of 300 millimeters per second, an easy-to-use cutter and a simple installation process make the Munbyn POS a savvy choice. It contains a free roll of paper and has the ability to print your logo directly on receipts.
NOT FOR USE WITH SQUARE STAND! If using a Square Stand consider the Square Stand Starter kit which has a printer that plugs into the stand. The printer in this kit must be plugged into your router.
The Ethernet printers compatible with Square Point of Sale are thermal printers. They require heat-sensitive paper and won’t work with non-thermal receipt paper. These types of printers aren’t ideal for kitchens or high-temperature working areas.
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Using a Receipt Printer with Square for Android

Today we’re going to be talking about receipt printers you can use with Square for Android. So the receipt printers you can use are Star Micronics USB interface receipt printers, and Star Micronics Ethernet interface receipt printers. The one we have here is the TSP100, it’s been replaced by the TSP100III, and we have the USB interface version. To use it with your tablet or phone with Square, all you need to do is use a micro USB to USB adapter, you plug that in to the micro USB port on your tablet, and then you take the USB cable from your printer and you’ll plug it in to the adapter, and then Square will recognize it and it will say “Star printer has been connected” and then when you’re in Square and you have an order and you want to check out and charge the customer, you can go ahead and charge them, and if you want to print a receipt, it’ll go ahead and print a receipt for you.

Star Micronics TSP100/143 Receipt Printer Review

We’re doing a presentation on the Star TSP100 series thermal receipt printer. This is actually the Star TSP143, and this is a USB one that we have right here. It’s also available in Ethernet and other interfaces, wireless as well. The nice thing about this receipt printer is it’s actually one of the fastest thermal receipt printers on the market today. It’s 250 millimeters/second print speed, which is very fast indeed.

In addition to that, it comes with a four year warranty and it also comes with a very innovative utility that comes standard with it at no additional charge that allows you to compress the font size on the receipts. This will actually over time save on paper and of course your costs for receipts over a period of a year or more. It also allows you to add logos and other designs to the receipt. This is nice to have in case your point of sale software program is inadequate in these areas to be able to allow you to do a customized receipt. As you can see here with the receipt printer, we have a standard feed button and you have your error light and of course your power on and off indicator as well. So one other thing too about the receipt printer is that the interface type is hot swappable, so that means that this particular printer is USB…

But let’s just say later on down the road you may need to have an Ethernet interface for this printer and have it be a network printer; you can easily purchase an Ethernet card, take out the USB one that’s in there now and upgrade your printer to an Ethernet interface at nominal cost. So we’re just going to do a quick transaction here so you can see the speed of this Star TSP100 series printer. Let’s put this in here… so as you can see here… it also has an auto cutter feature in there as well. By the way ,so I think you probably saw that where the paper was cut, it cuts it up to about here in the corner, and you can just easily remove it.

This is your receipt right here. As you can see here you can also print barcodes, and as I mentioned earlier with the standard utility that comes with this if you wanted to save on paper you can compress the size of the font smaller so your receipt will be less, thus, saving paper over a period of time. This receipt printer is economically priced in regards to other printers that are on the market that are direct competitors, so we highly recommend this printer for the overall value functionality and also the 4-year warranty, which is also pretty much unheard of. Most thermal receipt printers are only about one or two years, so four years is outstanding.

Receipt Printer Basics – A Quick Lesson On Receipt Printer Basics

There are two main types of receipt printers. There is the older impact receipt printer which uses ribbon and the newer high speed thermal receipt printers that uses thermal transfer instead of using ribbon. Both of these can do duel colors though thermal is primarily just a single color black. You need a very special paper to do duel colors and you also need a printer capable of doing duel colors. This is the impact receipt printer. This was your older type of receipt printer. These two are older receipt printers themselves. Instead of using the more common drop in loading it uses a take-up section so you actually have to mount the paper into this holder and then feed it into the printer. This is set up in the same way. Newer receipt printers use drop in loading, you pop in the top, drop in the receipt paper, close it and you are ready to go. Ribbons come in a few different colors.

This is the red black option. There are also straight black and straight purple depending on your color needs. The disadvantage to impact printers is the sound on it. They are quite loud. If I run a print test on this guy. Um so they make a lot of noise but these are still the most common printers in the kitchen as that the paper isn’t affected by heat.

If you put a thermal paper under a heat lamp sometimes it can turn black making it a little hard to read. This won’t be affected in the same way. Here are thermal receipt printers. This is the budget Epson TM-T20 ReadyPrint. It prints at 6 inches per second and has an auto cut. This is the faster Epson TM-T88V. It prints at about 12 inches per second and again has an auto cut. A couple other models. This is the POS-X HiSpeed and this is the Seiko Qaliber. The Seiko Qaliber is a bit smaller than the other models.

It’s five inch square. This is your more traditional sized printer. The speed on the Qaliber is comparable to the 88V or the POS-X HiSpeed, it’s just a smaller shell. Looking at the interface for printers the budget receipt printers tend to be wired in. So, like this is a serial printer and all it can be is a serial printer, there is the serial port and that’s how it is. If you look at the 88V or the POS-X HiSpeed the interface card is mounted by a couple of screws. This card can pop out and then you can switch from being in this case a USB interface to being a serial or a parallel. The POS-X is the same way. This card can be replaced so you can switch it to a different interface.

Additionally there is a USB port built into both the POS-X HiSpeed and the 88V so even if you bought a parallel today and you want to go to USB you don’t have to change out the card you can just plug in a USB cable. So these are the two most common types of receipt printers. Your impact receipt printer which uses ribbon and your thermal receipt printer which uses thermal paper. They’re available in USB, Serial and Parallel. Impact receipt printers are normally available with an Ethernet interface as well if you’re going to be using it in your kitchen that will give you a longer range and you can put it away from your point of sale system. USB is typically the most common in thermal since it is right next to your point of sale system.

Square Virtual Terminal

With Virtual Terminal, you can key in card payments right from your computer. Just head to your Square Dashboard and charge your customers in seconds. No extra hardware, reader, or app required. You pay three point five percent plus fifteen cents per transaction, the same rate as other manually keyed-in transactions. And just like other standard Square payments, you get your funds in one to two business days. To take a payment with Virtual Terminal, log in to your Square Dashboard.

In the left-side panel, click Virtual Terminal, then Take a Payment. Enter the payment amount followed by your customer’s card number, expiration date, CVV, and billing ZIP code. Add a note for your customer, or describe the purchase. Then, click Charge. You can send an email receipt to your customer, or print one out for your records. Once you see Payment Successful on screen, you’re all set. Payments you take with Virtual Terminal appear as card transactions in your Sales reports. In your Transaction Status Report, the source appears as Virtual Terminal. You can edit your Employee Management settings to grant employees access to Virtual Terminal. Start by clicking Employees, located in the left-side panel of your Square Dashboard. You need at least one employee in your employee list. To give an employee access to Virtual Terminal, click the name of the employee whose permissions you’d like to update.

Then, click Edit Role. If it has not been checked off already, toggle on Access Employee Dashboard. Check Take Payments with Virtual Terminal. Then, click Save. After you grant an employee access to Virtual Terminal, they receive an email with instructions on how to use it. Employees can only see account information that you have granted them access to. Whether it’s you or your employees taking payments, Virtual Terminal helps your business get paid fast—no matter where your customers are..

 

How Square Works

You probably know Square as the little white reader that lets you accept payments anywhere. But there’s so much more Square can do to help you work smarter and save time. It all starts with our Point of Sale app. The Point of Sale app is simple, powerful and highly customizable. It works in all kinds of setups, including Square’s beautiful hardware, but right now, we’re going to focus on the apps. First off, you can name and organize your products and you can take pictures of them for faster checkout and less employee training. Which means you or your employees can easily take a payment for, say, a pizza. Just tap the item, add some toppings, then bingo – you’re ready for them to swipe, dip or tap.

A tip window pops up, customers can then sign and you’re all set. It works perfectly, whether you’re selling clothes, coffee or cradles. But the point of sale app does more than just take orders. It lets you add employees so they can clock in and out, and give them secure permissions to keep control of what they can see and do. You can also create and manage your customer directory, right in the app. You can keep a card on file for regulars, which is great for recurring charges. And through digital receipts, your customers can send you feedback directly, which shows up right in your Dashboard. What’s your Dashboard you ask? Dashboard is a free resource from Square that’s built to help you make better business decisions. When you open it up, you’ll see this main page with high level metrics, and then you can click to see your sales summary, best selling items, and over here, a comparison to previous performance. With real time information, you can keep track of your business constantly…

..from anywhere. You can access your Dashboard with the mobile app, whether you’re at another location, or a beach vacation. You can manage multiple locations all from the same app. You can click here to see sales from different locations and see which employees have sold what. You can also integrate 3rd party software seamlessly through Square Dashboard. You can sync with apps for bookkeeping, tax prep, e-commerce and more. All to help you save time, work smarter and make more. With the Point of Sale and Dashboard apps, it’s easy to get started, train employees, and manage items, inventory and locations – all through your Square account.

Learn more about what else Square can do for your business at Square.com today..

 

How to accept credit card payments anywhere using your mobile phone

Square reader and Square was the very first reader to enter the space and you can see if you look at the picture here, itís a little dongle basically that plugs into your iPhone earbud port and you can swipe a credit card right through there and it will come up with an app on your phone. You can type in the amount of the transaction and process a transaction right then and there. So Square kind of launched this space about a year, year and a half ago. Since that time, a couple of competitors have come out. Intuit has come out with a service called GoPayment. You can see their dongle also fits right into the headphone jack of a mobile phone and you can see the app, how that works and they can even sign it right on the phone. Then a third one has come out called Pay Anywhere. The exact same philosophy that you can run a credit card transaction right from your mobile phone. So the three service providers are Squre, Go Payment and Pay Anywhere.

Now another cool feature about these is that you donít have to have the credit card with you or that your customer doesnít have to have a credit card with them. If they know the number or if you happen to be ñ letís say youíre writing in your vehicle. Not driving. Very important. Youíre writing in your vehicle and you get a phone call from somebody and they want to buy a product or service from you right then and there. Great! Get their credit card number and you can key in their credit card information right there on your mobile phone and boom, their card is charged.

Transaction is processed and you can provide the product or service that they are looking to buy. So these are very, very cool solutions. If you go to a retail store, youíre used to running your card through a slot. Usually itís kind of a big machine and it has a printer attached to it. This is just basically the same thing, only itís very small. You can see with the Square, itís kind of a sexy-looking little square. The GoPayment is kind of a curved model. Itís very small, very lightweight. You can keep it in your briefcase, keep it in your glove box, whatever, and process credit cards that way. Now, of the three options, which one is best for you? Well, thatís a really, really good question. So what I did is I broke down the three options so that you can take a look at the differences on the two from a pricing standpoint mostly but also just a little bit from a services standpoint.

So letís just take a look at the screen real quick. You can see that Square has a no monthly fee and itís a percent charge if you swipe the card. If you key in the card, itís a percent transaction fee plus 15 cents. Now one thing about the Square is that it only works on iPhones, iPads and Androids. No monthly fee. GoPayment has two different options for your use. If youíre low volume and youíre doing less than $1000 a month, then they have a percent transaction fee for swiped payments and a percent transaction fee for keyed payments but they donít have that little 15 cents onto it and no monthly fee or if you know youíre going to be doing more than $1,000 a month on a regular basis, then it might make sense for you to go with their high volume account and that is a $a month fee but it lowers your transaction fees substantially by a whole point. percent for swiped and percent for non-swiped. So that might be pretty helpful for you if youíre doing some decent volumes. The other thing about the GoPayment is that it does work on BlackBerry so itís the only one of the three that does work on BlackBerry at this time.

So if you use a BlackBerry and youíre planning on using a BlackBerry for some time, GoPayment is probably your only option. If youíre on an iPhone, you can use any of them. The last one is Pay Anywhere and Pay Anywhere is also a no-monthly fee. Theyíre at percent of the transaction plus 19-cent transaction fee and percent if itís keyed in plus 19-cent transaction fee. So, mathematically, theyíre kind of close on the swiped with Square, actually with both of them. Theyíre very, very close. So what you want to look at, something else thatís very interesting on GoPayment is that if you use QuickBooks, GoPayment is actually built by Intuit and they have very good QuickBooks integration. So when you do your transaction, you can hit a button and it automatically integrates that transaction right into your QuickBooks which can be very, very helpful if you use that particular accounting platform to keep track of all your transactions. So there you have it. Those are the three main mobile payment providers, Square, GoPayment and Pay Anywhere. Iíve got my GoPayment unit on its way.

It should be here in the next couple of days and I will never again miss out on collecting a transaction immediately when Iíve got a customer standing there wanting to give me money. Now if you have used any of these payment providers and you have a story you would like to tell us, I would love for you to raise your hand and come on the line and tell us or if you have any questions about these payment providers, please let me know.

 

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