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    I usually don't take credit cards and when I do I have people use PayPal but some older people don't know about PayPal or trust it. I know about merchant fees and machine rentals and I don't think I will use it that much so I am looking for any other ideas that others are using. Thanks in advance.
    Bryce
    Seattle Drain Service

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    Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

    Do you have a PDA phone or a Nextel?

    If you do, there are several options for this. You can teather a small swiper that can be carried in your pocket to your phone and get an approval number right on the spot.

    I use a Blackberry to do this. There are a number of options at this site:

    http://www.merchantanywhere.com/

    I hope this helps. I am curious what others do too.
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    • #3
      Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

      I also usually use Paypal. I have found most older people prefer to pay via cash or check anyways. There is one lady whom I always have to drive to the bank (about 1/2 mile round trip) after finishing work because she does not carry much cash or a checkbook on her. Merchant anywhere looks nice, but I don't know if I can justify the $25 monthly fee. I usually add a small premium on to the bill anyway to cover the 3 percent fees if I know in advance they want to pay by credit card.
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      • #4
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        I use the old "knuckle cruncher." My merchant rep sold it to me for $25. Included were a 100 slips, $16 a month in fees. All I do is call a sale in. Takes about 5 minutes, and is batched and deposited in the account within two days. The % for transactions are the going rate, but the approval is about 60 cents. For my volume this is the way to go.

        Intially, I looked into the Nuit or something, lease, fees, etc. $80 a month Plus transaction fees.

        PM me, I can give the reps phone. I am sure they have someone in your area if you are interested.

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        • #5
          Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

          we do all hvac commercial work and send out a bill for the work done

          is it typical to get payment right away for residential work
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          • #6
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            typically when the customer is there, i expect to get paid.

            i've never tanken a credit card. sure i get asked, but it's always for the customer to get points. checks are held for the time if they need to.
            i've only had a few checks that .

            2 were lawyers and 1 a doctor

            commercial accounts are 30 days or sooner.

            at any given time i have 15-25 invoices due. sort of nice when i go out of town and get home to open the mail. kind of feel like i have paid vacations

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            • #7
              Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

              I have never taken a credit card. I have the ability to take Visa and Mastercard. I have the swipe machine, but it's only so I can generate a slip for the customer. I can call in the card using a touch-tone phone.

              I pay about $18.99 per month for the service. I would rather have it than not be able to take cards and lose a sizeable sale.

              The company is Thompson Merchant Service.

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              • #8
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                I use a satellite phone with a card slider on the side. I take all forms of payment.

                Credit cards was a great move for me. Customers like getting the rewards or miles. They tend to do the bigger jobs when paying with credit cards to.

                My phone i use is called a WAY phone. Fees are good prices too.
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                • #9
                  Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                  Originally posted by Drain Medic View Post
                  I use a satellite phone with a card slider on the side. I take all forms of payment.

                  Credit cards was a great move for me. Customers like getting the rewards or miles. They tend to do the bigger jobs when paying with credit cards to.

                  My phone i use is called a WAY phone. Fees are good prices too.



                  Greg, PM me the info of your company and the equipment info if you don't mind.

                  I am looking into taking the cards, visa and master card only, I figure it is just another happy service I can provide.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                    The guy named above's website has that phone and the service. At
                    http://www.thompsonmerchant.com/
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                    • #11
                      Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                      CC sales have worked for us too. We just call the sale in, it's an automated system and an approval code is given immediately. No costly mobile swiper for our guys to break or lose. It's even a toll free telephone number.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                        Originally posted by jrsaltz View Post
                        Do you have a PDA phone or a Nextel?

                        If you do, there are several options for this. You can teather a small swiper that can be carried in your pocket to your phone and get an approval number right on the spot.

                        I use a Blackberry to do this. There are a number of options at this site:

                        http://www.merchantanywhere.com/

                        I hope this helps. I am curious what others do too.
                        Is this company legit??

                        I'm looking for a company to use and have heard horror stories online about money being frozen if you go over your projected limit (not sure how if it goes to your bank account).

                        Anyways, I am looking for a mobile credit card system so if anyone else has any comments on places, I'd appreciate it!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                          Originally posted by HouseOfAtlas View Post
                          Is this company legit??

                          I'm looking for a company to use and have heard horror stories online about money being frozen if you go over your projected limit (not sure how if it goes to your bank account).

                          Anyways, I am looking for a mobile credit card system so if anyone else has any comments on places, I'd appreciate it!

                          Call your local bank and see who they recommend. The bank should be using a reputable merchant. The company I use is Metavante. I dont do a lot in CC business, but it does not hurt to check them out.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                            Originally posted by Drain Medic View Post
                            I use a satellite phone with a card slider on the side. I take all forms of payment.

                            Credit cards was a great move for me. Customers like getting the rewards or miles. They tend to do the bigger jobs when paying with credit cards to.

                            My phone i use is called a WAY phone. Fees are good prices too.
                            how long does the total transaction take?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Best Mobile Credit Card System

                              Originally posted by se215 View Post
                              how long does the total transaction take?

                              It takes a total of about 5 mins on the phone to reconcile the days pay. It shows up in my account either the next day or the day after....depending on what time i do it. If its on a Friday, it will be in there on Tuesday.
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