How to Compare Credit Card Machines

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Credit card machines can be very useful tools when used for a business. Depending on the type of business and how much volume is driven in, you need to choose the correct machine that will suit your company’s needs. Compare machines to get the right machine for the right cost.

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    Decide why you need a credit card machine. Is it going to be used for a home business or a corporate company? The type of business matters because in certain circumstances, you can easily use a simple machine if you are not processing many transactions or not using several different cards, or you might need something more high-tech because you are processing more than one type of card.

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    Consider the many types of credit card machines. The one you choose depends on what you are looking for and where you are going to use it. For example, a Verifone Tranz 460 Terminal/Printer delivers low-cost credit verification, while the Nurit 8320U Terminal is ideal for larger businesses and supports a range of different applications.

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    Look at the specific features of the machines, such as how they print out receipts. Is it manual, meaning you need to swipe the card and then punch in more information on the keypad? Does it physically print out the receipts without you having to write anything on it?

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    E-mail or call the customer service or retail number to get more feedback on the machine(s) you are considering. Compare their responsiveness to your questions. Should you need customer support after you buy the machine, you want a company that is there to help you.

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    Make sure that a warranty is offered, in case you have any problems with it in the future.

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