Credit Card Readers And Swipers

To save you time typing in credit card numbers, you can use credit card reader devices and certain USB card swipers for faster processing.

In our documentation, a Credit Card Reader refers to a newer style of device that supports tap payments. These are available as devices used with a smartphone or as standalone devices used alongside the website.

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 a quicker way to enter 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 additional functions in Auctria.

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Credit Card Readers vs. Swiper

There are several classes of devices currently supported.

DeviceAdditional CostConnects to...Notes
Compatible iPhone--Requires appTap only
Mobile Card Reader$60Mobile device (requires app)Has Tap
Standalone Card Reader$300Laptop, no app neededHas Tap
USB Card Swiper$20Laptop (USB port required)Data entry only

Using Card Readers

  • If you are only using a laptop, the only option would be the "Standalone Card Reader" ($300), or you could use a "USB Card Swiper" ($20).

  • If you are using a laptop AND the Auctria Admin app on an iPhone, you can use the iPhone as a "tap" reader either directly or with a "Mobile Card Reader."

  • You would need one iPhone paired to each reader.

iPhone Tap To Pay


Transactions completed using the iPhone Tap To Pay functionality will not save the credit card details in Auctria.

Tap To Pay on iPhones lets you accept in-person contactless payments via your Stripe account with a compatible iPhone (iPhone XS or later, running iOS 16.0 or later). Tap To Pay supports Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover contactless cards, and NFC-based mobile wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay).

Suppose you have a compatible iPhone and are using Stripe. In that case, you do not need additional hardware to accept in-person tap payments at your event.

This feature is accessed through the mobile Auctria Admin app. See Auctria Admin App for more information.

The Admin App requires a location to be set for its functionality to work correctly.


An example taken from a demonstration event.

Apple Confirmation

Apple will send a confirmation of a "Tap-to-Pay" device being added to the AppleID; this is to be expected. However, the credit card charge runs through Stripe. It would look the same on a bidder's statement as any other payment (e.g., the bidder paying online).

Mobile Card Readers

Currently, Mobile Card Readers are only supported with a Stripeopen in new window account. These readers are presently 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 Stripeopen in new window in the US, Canada and parts of Europe. To use these devices will require the organization to use the new Auctria Admin application on a smartphone.

For more details on these readers, see - Compare readers and platforms at a glanceopen in new window.

Stripe Reader M2

The Stripe Reader M2 is available in the US from Stripeopen in new window.

BBPos WisePad

The BBPos WisePad is available in Canada from Stripeopen in 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 with the mobile Auctria Admin app.
See Auctria Admin App for more information.

Standalone Card Readers

Currently, Standalone Card Readers are only supported with a Stripeopen in new window account.


Advanced Feature - Support May Be Limited

Stripe offers the WisePOS-Eopen in new window available for the US, Canada and Europe.

This reader requires wifi access at your venue and works 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)open in 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 that is not standardized, so we can't guarantee that a given brand will work.

It is also possible that manufacturers may change the specs occasionally. Installing the swipers with enough time to perform a test and trial run before your event is good practice. Please let us know if you need any help with any issues.

Currently, we are only able to recommend the following devices:

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

Using a Card Swiper


You can use a USB Swiper to enter the credit card number on pages that accept a credit card number.

CVC Check

Only the credit card number and expiration date are read when using a credit card reader or swiper. 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 manually type the CVC security code in or set the appropriate Checkout Payment Options to make the CVC security code optional.

Last reviewed: July 2024
Credit Card Readers And Swipers
An overview and comparison of credit card readers and swipers that can be used with Auctria.