- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:28
- Written by Jim Boyd
At Crescent Moon Acupuncture in Grand Marais, Mona Abdel-Rahman has an intriguing way of collecting payment. It's called the Square, and it would seem an excellent fit for crafts folk, musicians hawking CDs – just about anyone selling anything, especially those who move. The Square can work over Internet or cell phone connections.
When payment is due, Abdel-Rahman inserts the Square into the headphones jack of her iPad. She swipes your card through the device, you sign with a special pen, a receipt is sent to your email address, and you are done. The Square, an inch tall, instantly encrypts credit information to ensure security. It also works with an iPhone or an Android phone. Setup is easy, according to Abdel-Rahman's husband, Tom Fiero. The software and the Square are free. For each sale, the seller pays one fee of 2.75 percent of the purchase price, which covers everything, including the credit-card fee.
"It has been reliable and simple to use," Fiero says. "Bank deposits are prompt. Their web site is well designed and it's easy to download all the transaction and bank deposit details as Excel files.... Overall, we're very happy with the system, and customers love it."
The Square, according to squareup.com, is compatible with Apple devices running iOS 4.1 and up, and with Android devices running Android 2.1 and up. You can sign up for the service at the website or, according to squareup.com, at Target, Best Buy and Office Max in Duluth.