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Good but Prefer Amazon Register Over Square and this is why...
on August 19, 2014
Updated Review - Amazon Register has been discontinued so Square is now the default choice.
Updated Review as of January 2016 - Amazon Register is being Discontinued as of Feb 1, 2016 and no longer accepting new clients making Square the default choice.
First I will review Square itself and then compare Square versus the new Amazon Register which is the Amazon.com version of this same type of device, app and system.
What you are buying in this package...
1. Square device - card reader that plugs into your phone. You will still need to download the app and set up an account.
2. $10 credit via an enclosed redemption code supplied in the documents
3.A nice little Square sticker showing that you can take all major credit cards (nice touch for small biz owners)
What it is...this small device has three parts. The first is this small device that is roughly 1x1 inch and plugs into your phone in order to allow users to swipe a credit card. There is also an app and website services that go along with the device to allow reports, custom tracking of orders and other nifty features. This device is available for free on the Square.com website however, by purchasing here you actually get a small credit.
$10 rebate - As of this writing (8/19/14) the $10 rebate is still available and comes in the form of a redemption code entered into the appropriate online form. Contrary to other reviews, the website is still functional and fully available meaning that Square is basically paying you to try their service.
Combined, the device plus application and other services basically allow almost anyone to receive payment via credit card. Unlike traditional credit card services there are no monthly fees, only a per usage fee of 2.75 percent at the time of payment. No monthly maintenance, nothing.
I've used Square for about 9 months and really like it...until now. It's recently seemed a bit buggy and in fact, opted to obtain a new device as recent one seemed to have 'gone bad'. When I went to search for it, I realized Amazon.com had just come out with a similar service and device called a Register. So, I also purchased that device for the sake of comparison.
The Amazon Register
Although Square is probably the most popular and first to market (maybe not first but currently the most used here in the USA), Amazon is a lot bigger and sure to put some serious pressure on Square. First, for those who might have an account set up with Amazon, using Register is so much more simple as you are already half done. Next, Amazon is providing a special discount promotion of just 1.75 percent until 2016 - and as of this writing, they are also including a $10 credit when purchasing essentially matching Square's current purchase promotion....while 1% might not sound like a lot, it's about what most people are making on their savings returns! Seriously though, Register works very similar to Square, the devices look very similar and set-up is even easier if you are already affiliated with Amazon sales. Last but certainly not least, Amazon has multiple methods of contacting customer support when needed and similar to their phone/fire and other "on demand" live help, service is what really sets the new Amazon product/service and app apart from Square.
Overall, both are excellent choices for small business owners, flea or farmers market vendors, craft show sales and so much more. Convenient and cost effective!