# Credit Card Readers And Swipers (updated)

To save you time in having to type credit card numbers into a payment system, you can use certain USB credit card swipers and credit card reader devices to swipe the guest's credit card.

Credit Card Readers can expand on the swiper functionality by providing more opportunities for these devices to be used, such as a "Standalone" device.

USB Credit Card Swipers will work with desktop or laptop computers running Microsoft Windows or macOS. USB credit card swipers are not compatible with tablets or mobile phones. Credit Card Swipers will only fill in the credit card number and expiration date, they will not trigger any additional functions in Auctria.

Credit Card Readers And Swipers - Table Of Contents

# Credit Card Reader Versus Swiper

Device Cost Connects to... Notes
USB Card Swiper $20 Laptop (USB port required) Data entry only
Mobile Card Reader $60 Mobile device (requires app) Has Tap
Standalone Card Reader $300 Laptop, no app needed Has Tap

# Stripe Credit Card Readers

For those organizations working with Stripe (opens new window), you may have the option to use a Credit Card Reader versus the older Credit Card Swiper devices. These readers will be supported for Checkout and Bidder Check-in (current projections for 4th quarter 2022).

# Mobile Card Readers Coming Soon!!

There are Mobile Card Readers available, such as the BBPos WisePad or Stripe Reader M2. These devices only work with Stripe (opens new window) in the US or Canada. To use these types of devies will require the organizaiton use the new Auctria Mobile Event application on a smartphone.

# Stripe Reader M2

The Stripe Reader M2 is available in the US from Stripe (opens new window).

# BBPos WisePad

The BBPos WisePad is availabble in Canada from Stripe (opens new window).

The cost per device is expected to be approximately $60 with each reader dedicated to a single device only.

# Standalone Card Readers Coming Soon!!

The Standalone Card Readers, for example, the WisePOS E, only works with Stripe in the US or Canada. This reader works in conjunction with the Auctria Dashboard on a laptop or desktop computer.

# WisePOS E (from Stripe)

The WisePOS E (from Stripe) (opens new window) is available for the US and Canada.

The device will require a direct connection to the WIFI/hotspot and does not work with captive portals (Wikipedia) (opens new window). There is an ethernet option available.

The cost per device is expected to be approximately $300 with each reader dedicated to a single device only.

# Compatible USB Swipers

USB swipers do not appear to be standardized, so we can't guarantee certain brands will work.

It is also possible that manufacturers may change the specs from time to time. It's good practice to install the swipers with enough time to perform a test and trial run before your event. Please let us know if you run into any issues.

Currently, we are only able to recommend the following:

There is also a rental option (opens new window) available.

You only need the Credit Card Swiper hardware, no other hardware or software is needed to use these swipers to enter the credit card number and expiration date with Auctria.

# Using a Card Swiper

On pages that accept a credit card number you will see a Swipe card button.

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A popup Swipe credit card window will appear prompting you to swipe the card through the reader.

Swipe the card through the reader.


If the swipe is successful, then the window will close, and the card number and expiration date will appear.

# CVC Check

When using a credit card reader or swiper, only the credit card number and expiration date are read. The Card Verification Code (CVC, or CCV), found on the back of most credit cards, is not present on the magnetic strip, so it is not available by swiping the card.

You can either type the CVC security code in manually or you can Checkout Payment Options to make the CVC security code optional.


Reviewed: October 2022
Last Updated: 10/3/2022, 2:49:26 PM