# Credit Card Readers And Swipers (updated) (new location)
To save you time in having to type in credit card numbers, you can use credit card reader devices and certain USB credit card swipers for faster processing.
In our documentation a Credit Card Readers refers to a newer style of device that supports tap payments. These are available as devices used with a smart phone, or as standalone devices used alongside the webiste.
USB Credit Card Swipers refers to the older, but cheaper style of device that will work with desktop or laptop computers running Microsoft Windows or macOS. Swipers do not support tap and are simply a quicker way of entering a credit card number than typing it in. 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
There are three classes of device currently supported:
|Mobile Card Reader||$60||Mobile device (requires app)||Has Tap|
|Standalone Card Reader||$300||Laptop, no app needed||Has Tap|
|USB Card Swiper||$20||Laptop (USB port required)||Data entry only|
# Mobile Card Readers Beta Available
Currently Mobile Card Readers are only supported with a Stripe (opens new window) account.
These readers are currently supported for Checkout. We hope to add Bidder Check-in functionality in 2023.
Stripe currently offers two Mobile Card Readers: the
Stripe Reader M2 and
BBPos WisePad. These devices only work with Stripe (opens new window) in the US, Canada and parts of Europe. To use these devices will require the organizaiton use the new Auctria Admin application on a smartphone.
For more details on Stripe's readers see stripe.com/docs/terminal/choosing-reader-and-integration (opens new window)
# Stripe Reader M2
Stripe Reader M2 is available in the US from Stripe (opens new window).
# BBPos WisePad
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.
The Mobile Card Readers are used in conjunction with the mobile Auctria Admin app. Seefor more information.
# Standalone Card Readers Beta Available
Currently Standalone Card Readers are only supported with a Stripe (opens new window) account.
Stripe offers the WisePOS E (opens new window) which is available for the US, Canada and Europe.
This reader requires wifi access at your venue and works in conjunction with the standard Auctria Dashboard on a laptop or desktop computer.
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.
# USB Swipers
USB swipers are an older technology but are not appear standardized, so we can't guarantee a given brand 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 device:
- Computer Credit Card Reader for Auctria and Charity Auction Organizer (opens new window)
from USBSwiper.com (opens new window)
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.
See Credit Card Swipers for more on how to use credit card swipers.
Reviewed: October 2022