Though the majority of businesses that accept credit cards have switched to electronic systems that can process payments instantly, manual credit card machines aren't yet obsolete. Occasions may rise when you will need to either process the payments manually or choose not to accept credit cards at all until the electronic system can be fixed. If you want to make sure that you'll still be able to accept credit cards in the event that you can't connect to an electronic system, here is how to find the manual machines that you need.
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Contact the company that you received your electronic credit card machine from if they are within your local area. Many of the companies who process credit cards and provide electronic machines will give customers manual machines as well if they request them. Some of these companies may even provide these machines at no additional cost.
Visit local office supply stores to see if they have manual credit card machines. You may find manual machines that offer additional convenience features as well.
Check out restaurant supply stores that operate in your area for additional options. Many restaurant supply stores have both manual and electronic credit card machines for sale, often at reduced prices since they deal directly with businesses instead of the standard consumer market.
If price is an issue, explore several different options so that you can find the best price available in your area on manual credit card machines. Compare prices directly so that you can have the manual backup that you need without paying more than you have to for equipment you may not use often.
Tips and warnings
- Have a supply of manual credit card processing slips available so you can swipe credit cards with your manual machine whenever you need to.