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For the first time, I've actually seen the Square and Intuit in use. I'm a techie. I love gadgets, but I also like to do my homework. There are actually a whole bunch of theses processors, not just these 2. Here is a link to a website that reviews and compares each one. It's very interesting. Hmmmm... Intersting. I want one. I just don't know which one.
Many of the apps in the comparison are software only. Which means you key the card in manually. Square and Intuit both offer card readers which speeds the transaction up considerably.
Neither offers store and forward, as I understand it. If you don't have cel service, or it's spotty, you'll have trouble passing data. My wireless credit card machine doesn't work well in several venues, notably:
Cain Park, Louisville, and sometimes, Crosby Gardens in Toledo, although this year it was fine.
With your Intuit's app, can you take a picture of the item sold, as part of the receipt, strictly for your reference when you get back to the studio. I can do that with the Square iphone app, but not on the Square ipad app.
I am using intuit gopayment. I have only had great experiences with it. I get my money deposited into my account fast. One advantage to Gopayment is that you can assure your customers that their credit card information is encrypted and their credit card info is secure. I was able to set up my e-mailed receipts with my own logo and they are very professional looking. Yes, curiosity on what my customers received got the best of me and I sold my self a pair of earrings. I was really impressed with the e-mailed receipt. Of course it also gave me the opportunity to figure out how to void a transaction - which was easy to do as well.
I am currently using the free reader that came with my merchant account, but thinking about upgrading to the Morphie. Just need to look into it a little more before I order.
Hi to all of you. All I can say is, 4+ brains are better than one, and certainly better than mine all by itself. I need all of you. I love all your advice. Everyone reads/sees/experiences something different which might make a difference to my situation.
Even tho the E-Pay originally looked good, it's defintely out. It's between the Intuit and the Square.
I think I'll get one. Try it out before I cancel my service using my VeriFone-610. Glad to read I can get the Intuit reader free. I thought I had to buy something extra.
The other thing I learned , that I was concerned about. On the iphone, sometimes, someplace, I'll see an "E" on the top of the toolbar. It showed maybe 1-2 bars of cell service. I thought the "E" meant error, and that there was no data service. That is not true. The the "E" stands for EDGE....meaning you are on the edge of a service area. You may have a weak signal, but you still have data service.
BTW, regarding my lights, all the advice you'll gave me was excellent. At BostonMills/DesMoines, I was told my lights looked great. I think they did. Thanks again.
Bingo! I think that's the one thing I really do like about the square...you can take a picture of what you just sold. Now that being said, we could all, if we were so well organized take a pix with our camera...well, we won't. Why? We're not that organized. But with the square, it's easy because it's part of the transaction screen.
I'll be real interested to hear what you have to say after using both. There's nothing like a real life comparison using each service the way we do. Keep us informed. Thanks!
I can't wait to read about your comparison between the two.
Anyway, today I downloaded the Square App to both my iphone and ipad. The one thing I really like, is that I can take an image of my painting. So far so good. That feature comes up on the iphone app, but when I look at the ipad app, that feature is missing. You would think the ipad app would have more features, not less.
Do you have any idea why, or what can I do to get that feature on the ipad. I've got the ipad2 Thanks.
They sure are different. I would have thought the ipad would have had more features, not less.
I guess then, if I want to be able to take an image of what I just sold, it's better to use the iphone...not the ipad. Oh well.... on the bright side. the phone is smaller to carry around.
It still doesn't make sense, but it is what it is.