Thank you Stephen!
This is very helpful.

I do have a PayPal account, but not really satisfied with it, with my 
latest sales. Two customer service reps cannot give me the same answer 
to questions, and they just re-organized their FAQs, which is not as 
user-friendly as I would assume.

Your experience in all retail conditions has been very helpful. What 
about the signal, what if the card won't "tap" (that happened in OZ) not 
all cards tap, but swiping is the option, but one loses "benefits".

I would prefer to know in advance of all the "likely" charges that I 
would receive, for I know the customer is A-OK with the price. .  Plus 
the overseas phone charges by using the phone comes in to play.

Again, thank you for your thoughts,
Linda M. Feltner Artist LLC
P.O. Box 325, Hereford, AZ 85615
On 2/12/20 9:57 AM, Stephen DiCerbo wrote:
> Hi  Linda
>    I use both, but paypal mostly for purchasing.. it is pretty 
> universally available at sites online, and offers some purchase 
> protection when the "goods and services" option is chosen.  This 
> results in a small fee to the seller, not the buyer.
> If you are the buyer using paypal , you have this option sending 
> money, buying goods and services.  Sending money to friends does not 
> incur fees. The choice belongs to the sender/buyer.
> <>
> You can also send invoices via email with paypal.   I do not know 
> about any remote functionality for for accepting charges.
> I use Square (Up)  primarily for sales.  The remote functions work 
> very well,  but will also need to rely on your phone signal for 
> iPhone/smart phone   or iPad  at the Farmer's Market out in an 
> airfield somewhere.
> I am just amazed that this can be done at all... !
> You can accept credit cards, including Amex and Discover (in case you 
> were wondering)  ,  and for the customer it functions as just a normal 
> card transactions.  Receipts are offered and sent via email to 
> customer. The Customer doesn't have the added layer of buyer 
> protection offered with a paypal transaction, but protection from 
> their card companies are ample.
> There are 3 ways to accept payment with Square..  the chip reader, the 
> swiper, and direct number entry.   The chip reader offers protection 
> for card fraud. You can still use the other methods, but in the way 
> out chance of card fraud...   you will lose that money from that 
> transaction if you use a chip card in a swiper. This comes from the 
> card companies, and so, naturally, is part of square's processing 
> Requirements...    With the advent of new, more secure chips on cards, 
> the Card companies set a date like a year ago or so , after which they 
> would  not to protect Card Fraud from swiped transactions on chip cards.
> As for the swipe readers, the original ones were fitted with audio 
> plug access to your phone, which is non existent in the newer phones . 
> Then they came out with one that connects with the lightning charger 
> of you iPhone .  I do not know if any swipe mechanisms ever existed  
> for iPads, as I am new to them.
> But the chip reader is the way to go, which works with all phones and 
> iPad via bluetooth.  Mostly for fraud protection. But keep the swiper 
> and number entry in your back pocket for just in cases.  Successful 
> field sales will depend on  (and I have had some incidents to learn 
> this) The charge on your phone or iPad. The cell phone signal signal 
> strength to those devices.  The charge on your chip reader.  The 
> bluetooth connection between the reader and the device. And ,lastly 
> updated software...
> But this is all manageable just stay on top of charging everything , 
> and being in a strong cell signal area...     In the very rare chance 
> that you might accept a sale with no cell signal, to enter as soon as 
> you get within range of one...   ask to shoot a photo of the customers 
> card, front and back, and drivers license ...   you can enter that 
> charge after the fact with a direct number entry. You won't have a 
> signature,  but if you pack along and old school swiping machine with 
> carbon copy receipts , you can capture a signature.. ( I am not sure 
> of the amount of protection this would offer when not dealing directly 
> with a bank, but it should)
> There is an acceptable fee for transactions, much less than dealing 
> directly with banks and CC companies, and it is a little more for a 
> swipe than a chip read, I believe, and maybe a little more for a 
> number entry.  Another reason to do all possible to rely on the chip 
> reader...
> In the end,  all very reasonable route to be able to accommodate 
> customers in what most times is an impulse buy,  and sell your goods 
> or services.
> Heres what the Square swipe readers look like and the base model chip 
> reader.. (there are fancier models , some that print receipts.
> <>
> a bit of info from Square about the chip reader....   of course the 
> "audio plug" swiper  is likely not applicable, as I assume you have an 
> iPhone, you would need the one for lighting charger connection. A 
> contactless + chip reader would allow you to accept charges from not 
> only inserted chip cards, but a "touch charge" from a customers phone 
> such as Applepay , etc.
> What is the difference between the chip card reader and the 
> contactless + chip reader?
> Great Question. Here are the key differences:
> *Square chip card reader*
>   * Accepts both magstripe and chip cards
>   * Does not accept contactless (NFC) payments like Apple Pay
>   * Plugs into the headset jack of your mobile device to accept payments
> *Square contactless and chip reader*
>   * Costs $49
>   * Accepts chip cards and contactless (NFC) payments like Apple Pay
>   * Works with the magstripe reader (included in your order) to accept
>     magstripe cards
>   * Works with Square Stand – plug it into the USB hardware hub for
>     instant setup
>   * Connects to your supported device wirelessly with Bluetooth LE
>     read more here
>     <>
>     I probably rambled off course , but I hoped some of that helped...
>     P.S.  I would set up a paypay account in addition to Square,
>     neither costs just to have, and paypal may come in handy depending
>     on your customer's needs and type of transactions. Also for yout
>     purchasing needs.
>      Cheers form hopelessly mired in chasing retail,  Stephen, !!!
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