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PayPal Here Credit Card Processing

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Micro merchants and businesses that need to accept credit card payments while on the go have several smartphone credit card processing options to choose from. In addition to Square and Clover Go, one of the big players is PayPal Here, a service that allows iPhone, iPad and Android users to accept credit card payments through their mobile device.

With the Here mobile option PayPal takes direct aim at Square — the market leader in the smartphone credit card processing space. Square has a few things to worry about, too, not the least of which is PayPal Here’s slightly lower pricing and the more accessible phone support for prospective and existing customers.


PayPal Here Pricing

Similar to Square, pricing for PayPal Here falls into two different categories: a swiped rate, and a keyed rate. You don’t need to choose one or the other; PayPal allows flexibility to swipe if you have the reader, but key cards if you misplace or forget your reader but still need to close a sale.

Swiped Rate

PayPal Here charges a flat 2.70% of the transaction volume for all swiped credit and debit cards, including the often more expensive American Express cards. PayPal Here does not have a credit card transaction fee like many other smartphone processing solutions that utilize a traditional merchant account.

Keyed Rate

The cost to manually enter a transaction by keying numbers or by using PayPal Here’s Scan Card feature increases to a flat 3.50% of volume plus a $0.15 transaction fee.

PayPal Here also offers check processing and settlement free of charge.

Reader Options

PayPal offers four readers, a basic headphone jack reader, three Bluetooth reader. The basic headphone reader (pictured below top right) only accepts traditional magnetic stripe credit and signature debit cards.

PayPal Here card readers

As of October 2015, if you accept a chip card and swipe it through a magstripe reader instead of “dipping” it into an EMV chip capable reader, you’re liable for fraudulent transactions. It’s worthwhile to consider purchasing an EMV capable reader instead.

The PayPal Here EMV chip with PIN reader (pictured above, bottom left) accepts multiple types of cards: traditional magnetic stripe, EMV chip, signature and PIN debit, and contactless payments like Apple Pay.

Note that the chip reader and PIN pad does not connect via headphone jack. You’ll need Bluetooth connectivity in order to use the reader on the go.

While the chip reader is more expensive than the traditional reader, the benefits of added security are worth the cost. As of 2018, the basic reader costs $14.99 while the chip reader comes in at $79. Both readers work with Android and Apple devices, but be sure to check for compatibility with your specific smartphone or tablet.

If you don’t need the PIN capabilities offered by the chip with PIN reader, PayPal also offers a two models (pictured above) that accept both magstripe cards and chip cards. One reader also accepts contactless payments.

Like the chip and PIN model, these readers connect via Bluetooth. As of 2018, the magstripe/chip combo reader costs $24.99 while the magstripe/chip/contactless combo reader costs $59.99. A “bundle” for the chip and tap reader is available for $79.99. It includes a charging stand that can be attached to a desk or counter.

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PayPal Here Features

Smartphone card readers aren’t known for being feature-rich, but for mobile needs, they can be quite beneficial. PayPal Here offers the ability to accept multiple types of payments, email receipts to customers, and more.

Multiple Payment Types

PayPal Here ups the stakes in the mobile market by allowing users to accept multiple types of payments including credit cards, debit cards, checks, and PayPal’s own electronic funds. If you use the more robust EMV and contactless PIN pad reader, you can accept EMV chip cards, PIN debit, and contactless mobile wallet transactions, like Apple Pay.

The PayPal Here app registers nearby customers that have active PayPal accounts without the customers needing to present their phone or electronic device. Vendors can charge customers through PayPal simply select the customer by name and picture to process a transaction.

Along with tracking credit card, debit card, check, and PayPal transactions, PayPal Here also tracks cash purchases and offers a handy automated change calculator.

Email Receipts

Like most other smartphone processing services, PayPal Here will send customer receipts via email or text message (SMS), eliminating the need to carry around a printer.

Immediate Funds Availability

As outlined in more detail below, a benefit to PayPal Here over other credit card processing services is the immediate access to funds. Granted, a PayPal debit card is required to withdraw funds immediately, but the option exists for users with tight cash flow.

Additional Features

PayPal Here offers a host of additional important features including multiple item checkout, multiple tax rates, discount support, and inventory item set up for popular items. Visit the PayPal web site for additional information on PayPal Here FAQs.

PayPal Here Deposit Time

Funds from sales are settled to a user’s PayPal account immediately. Users with a PayPal debit card will be able to use the card to access funds immediately either by using the card to make a purchase, or by using the card to withdraw money from an ATM.

However, users without a PayPal debit card still have access to funds immediately to make purchases from their PayPal account.

Users that would prefer to withdraw funds from their PayPal account can transfer funds to their bank account in about three business days.

PayPal Here Set Up

To get started with PayPal Here simply download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

PayPal will ship the card reader once you complete the account registration process and choose the reader you’d like to purchase, but you can process run transactions in the meantime by manually entering card numbers or by using the Scan Card feature. Some retailers (like Staples) carry the EMV/PIN reader in stores, so if you’d like to use that one and want it faster, be sure to check around locally.

Customers don’t need a PayPal account in order to make a purchase from a vendor using PayPal Here.

PayPal Here Customer Service

Poor customer service is a well know sticking point with other smartphone processing services such as Square. PayPal Here is positioning itself above the competition with expanded customer service contact options that include telephone support, e-mail support, and also an in-app help feature.

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BY Ben Dwyer

Ben Dwyer began his career in the processing industry in 2003 on the sales floor for a Connecticut‐based processor. As he learned more about the inner‐workings of the industry, rampant unethical practices, and lack of assistance available to businesses, he cut ties with his employer and started a blog where he could post accurate information about credit card processing.As the blog gained in popularity, Ben began directly assisting merchants in their search for a processor. Ben believes in empowering businesses by providing access to fair, competitive pricing, accurate information, and continued support. His dedication to transparency and education has made CardFellow a staunch small business advocate in the credit card processing industry.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. from Eddie Spear, on August 26, 2013 18:20:37

    I have been using Paypal for months on my Android. Both swipers they sent me do not work. Anyway, although I key in the charge, I appreciate the ability to see daily emails notices that money is in my account that same day. I also use the paypal debit card, which is a handy way to pay for things using money in my account. I just wish PayPal would get the swiper to work.

  2. from William, on March 25, 2013 18:57:26

    Does Paypal charge a fee to close a Paypal Here account? I didn’t see this information on the Paypal web site.

    I’m pretty sure Intuit charges $295 to close a GoPayment account in good standing, and $500 to close a problem account.

  3. from Jose Penichet, on March 2, 2013 19:08:40

    I just signed up for Paypal standard business. I have an Iphone and an Ipad. However, there is no Ipad app for Paypal. Also, I downloaded the Paypal mobile app on my Ipad but it does not work.

    Any suggestions? Thanks

    Jose

  4. from Debbie, on February 13, 2013 17:53:57

    The biggest problem is I want the funds deposited into my account. Not held until I request them.