How to connect Chip & Swipe card reader

ūüĎčūüŹĺ there, Sanjay and Natasha here.¬†

With¬†Canada¬†and the world opening back up slowly from the COVID pandemic, in-person vendor events are sought after more than ever. As a result, the question has been coming up a lot lately, " How to use the free¬†square magstripe reader¬†with a Shopify¬†online business¬†or¬†side hustle?".¬†The best part is that with¬†chip readers,¬†you can remain contactless at in-person merchant events ūüėĀ.

What are Shopify Payments?

Shopify Payments is considered among many payment gateway options available to Shopify users. It works with any Shopify online store plan to offer you a low-cost way to accept payments in person.

With Shopify POS reader, you can accept:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • more

What is Square Payment?

Square Payment is a POS that makes the process to accept in-person payments and online. Square provides you with a free card reader and apps for Android devices and the iPad without a month-to-month fee. Instead, square Payments earns cash with the processing rate it fees (Any transactions which are tapped or dipped are charged at 2.75%. If payments need to be keyed in or charged to cards stored on file, they're charged at 3.5% and 15 cents, just a heads up.) for every fee transaction you accept.

Can I use my Square card reader with Shopify?

Many e-commerce online small businesses would like to know: can you operate Square with Shopify? Yes, however, now no longer natively. Instead, you'll want to apply a third-party app to make it work.

How easy is it to sync Square with Shopify?

AutoSync helps you to effortlessly sync your inventory throughout Shopify and Square - in case you sell one product through Square, the inventory count will routinely be up to date in Shopify, and the other way around as well.

In-Person guide (using Shopify, with just Square card reader jump to Step 7).

Once you've sold the customer on their purchases, cash them out using the Shopify app (and take payments in the square app if a credit card or debit-tap):

  1. Open the Shopify POS app.
  2. Find the products they're purchasing by either scrolling through the list or searching via the name/SKU.
  3. Tap on the product and select the size
  4. Repeat the last step until all products added to the cart
  5. Tap on "Subtotal" to see the total cart (if they're purchasing more than 1 of that item, adjust the quantity) *if you need to add more items, tap on the checkout again
  6. Once verified everything the customer is purchasing is accurate in the cart, tap on "Charge."
  7. Tell the customer the total and ask how they're paying.
    1. * Cash: Tap "Cash" and enter the amount the customer gave you, and return any change. 
    2. * Credit/Debit (*Has to be tapped and can't be TD ‚ÄĒ for whatever reason, it doesn't work): Open the square app, enter the amount and tap "Charge," then tap the card on the reader (make sure it's on) > ensure it goes through and then tap "new sale." Go back to the Shopify POS app and tap "Square" as the payment type.
  8. Ask the customer if they'd like a receipt.
    1. * Yes: give the customer your phone and let them enter their phone number or email.
    2. * No: complete & start a new sale.

And repeat those checkout steps for each customer and get that money! ūüĎĆūüŹĹ

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There is nothing like when merchants make a lasting connection with a customer; in-person events do that.