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I saw the information about a new paypal card reader pop up on paypal a few weeks ago, here is some background information about the card reader comparing it to the square card reader. I know that some of you are happy with their squares, so what do you think of this new reader, does it offer an advantage?
Today was PayPal’s chance to share with the world that it could provide some serious competition to the startup payment processor Square, with its own mobile-centric dongle for accepting credit card payments on the go.
We already knew the rough details of what it was announcing: that PayPal would come to market with a portable card reader for accepting credit card payments on the go. Today’s press conference was all about showing how PayPal, late to the game in some respects, would beat Square, the smaller but more nimble startup in the mobile payments space.
Did it succeed?
A lot of PayPal’s messaging was about its existing dominance in the merchant services business and in mobile payments. Prior to the start of the press conference, the company replayed an impressive array of stats over and over before the media audience. For instance:
But move past the numbers and the highlight of the presentation was the card reader and availability of mobile apps — one for businesses and one for consumers — that are designed to allow PayPal merchants to get payment for objects and service online and offline.
The card reader itself is about what you’d expect: It has a triangle shape (in contrast to the Square reader), and allows merchants to swipe and get payments immediately. But where PayPal’s pitch shines is in its ability to allow PayPal Here merchants to accept payments for goods whether the sale happens in person or from online inventory. Frankly, that gives a lot of flexibility that Square can’t offer today.
The PayPal Here app also looks pretty slick, and allows for transactions beyond just swiping a credit card. It also allows them to take a picture and scan a credit card when the reader isn’t available thanks to Card.io, or scan a check and receive instant credit. And finally, merchants can also keep track of cash transactions. They can charge instantly using the “Simple” interface, or can create an inventory of products and services to add to a transaction, and even send an invoice to customers.
Merchants will be charged a flat 2.7 percent fee for all transactions, which is slightly lower than Square’s 2.75 percent. But it’s trying to sweeten the deal for merchants by offering instant access to all funds and a debit card that will enable merchants to take cash out. Also, that debit card will offer 1 percent cash back on all purchases, which PayPal says can bring the effective rate to 1.7 percent for those who use PayPal’s merchant service and debit card.
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