A Quick Guide to Credit Card Machines

By: Jake Atkinson

We've come a long way since the first credit card machine was launched in the market. Today there are different types of credit card machines, and you can choose the one that is best suited to your business needs.

The Wireless Credit Card Machine: For a mobile business, a wireless credit card machine is the best option. The wireless model is the most advanced credit card processing machine available today, and also the most expensive one. It is important to remember, however, that the area where you plan to use the machine should have sufficient cellular coverage if you decide to go the wireless route.

Credit Card Terminals That Can Handle Multiple Merchant Accounts: Your business needs may require you to maintain separate accounts for separate employees/service providers. For such businesses, the multiple merchant accounts option is a sensible one. The most commonly used credit card terminals that can handle multiple merchant accounts include Nurit 2085, Nurit 3020, Nurit 3010, Nurit 8000, Omni 3750, Omni 3740, and the Verifone Tranz 380x2.

The Terminal Without An Attached Printer: These machines (without printers) are commonly used when mail ordering or phone ordering is involved. When the business is run in a mobile environment, and the credit card number is called in to a central location where the number is keyed in, then too, machines without printers are often used. Also, when your business is a mobile one (landscaping, plumbing, locksmith), yet the wireless machine is not feasible for you, then this option is a very effective one. The printer-less credit card machines are very cost-effective - prices can range from $200.00 - $450.00 for a new machine, and $150.00 - $300.00 for a refurbished unit. The Verifone Tranz 330 and Verifone Tranz 380 are two of the most popular machines in this category.

The Terminal With An Attached Printer: For your retail business, this machine, which includes an integrated impact or thermal printer, lets you issue a receipt to the customer at the time of the sale. Also, in this category you can purchase machines that have built in pinpads. It makes sense to have this feature, because it lets you accept debit cards without purchasing a separate pinpad. Though machines with integrated printers are slightly more expensive that the credit card processing machines that don't have attached printers, they are priced reasonably. The price ranges from around $275 - $900, depending on the model and features. The most widely used terminals in this category include the Hypercom T7 Plus, the Nurit 2085, and the Verifone Omni 3200se. If you are looking for integrated pinpads in the machine (that let you process debit cards without purchasing separate pinpads), you can select from the Nurit 2085 Plus, Nurit 8320, and the Omni 3210se.

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