iZettle card reader now £19+vat (£22.80) usually £59 @ iZettle
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iZettle card reader now £19+vat (£22.80) usually £59 @ iZettle

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Refreshed 29th Oct 2018 (Posted 17th Oct 2018)
Back down in price again to £19 plus vat making it £22.80 in total - usual price £59.
Great for small businesses as the fees are less than Paypal for small business / small transaction users and the app has a lot of functions to help you too.

If you take under £1500 in a month, Paypal fees for chip and pin and contactless are 2.75% per transaction and if you do over £1500 a month it drops to 1.75% but with iZettle, its a flat 1.75% on every transaction.
If your business takes Amex or takes non UK cards with magnetic strip, Paypal charges 3.4% plus a 20p fee and adds a cross boarder fee. If Amex is chip and pin or contactless, Paypal charges 2.75% so it all adds up and works out cheaper for a lot of users at a rate of 1.75%

You can use Apple Pay,Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay on this too and no contract or minimum term tie in either.
Payments reach your bank within 2-3 business days of transaction.
Meets the highest standard of industry security standards and requirements.
You can also track your stock levels and store all your sales data with the app and have it all to hand in one place.

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Seems a good deal! However I still don't understand how the processors can take even a 1.75% cut for basically doing nothing, just transferring money as a stream of 1's and 0's... Surely this payment form should be taking 0.50% at most in 2018 for such parasitic profit.
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I have one of these. Very good software and very good machine that is almost instant when it takes contactless.

Only downfall is upto 3 working days for payments to reach you.
Edited by: "artnada" 17th Oct 2018
£34.80 at checkout???
willllllllll48 m ago

£34.80 at checkout???


If you go through the link its £22.80 for me and got someone else to check as well?
Ordered at £22.80.
Seems a good deal! However I still don't understand how the processors can take even a 1.75% cut for basically doing nothing, just transferring money as a stream of 1's and 0's... Surely this payment form should be taking 0.50% at most in 2018 for such parasitic profit.
Lol. More often than not it's this price.
Very easy to use, works well.
Good system but you cannot take payments where card is not present i.e. over the phone unlike some of the other card readers out there.
iZettle is good and has a nice app.
Square is also charging about the same price for their card reader at the moment. Same 1.75% charge, but you can also take payments remotely over the phone (which is 2.5%).
Milki_bar_Kid6 m ago

Good system but you cannot take payments where card is not present i.e. …Good system but you cannot take payments where card is not present i.e. over the phone unlike some of the other card readers out there.


Can you please let me know if there is one you recommend as a better option. Thanks.
tygar26 m ago

Can you please let me know if there is one you recommend as a better …Can you please let me know if there is one you recommend as a better option. Thanks.


Square is good all round but the reader has no screen or display so customers have to input pin on your phone or tablet and that can put some people off. Pity iZettle does not have card not present payments as it would be perfect.
trd2 h, 39 m ago

Seems a good deal! However I still don't understand how the processors can …Seems a good deal! However I still don't understand how the processors can take even a 1.75% cut for basically doing nothing, just transferring money as a stream of 1's and 0's... Surely this payment form should be taking 0.50% at most in 2018 for such parasitic profit.


That fee is shared across multiple groups - the card issuer, the network, the merchant acquirer, etc. Plus there is the cost of insurance against stolen / fraudulent cards. iZettle probably keeps just around 0.25%.
Im confused on this one, I folowed the link, clicked on claim deal button, signed up, including giving bank details, and the deal dissapears, and the normal price is the only option available.

Ive tried different browsers in case it was cookie related, but same results.
AFAIK , I did evething correctly, and the deal dissapear, exept they now have my financial data.. not happy atm
Edited by: "Marksj" 17th Oct 2018
willllllllll7 h, 32 m ago

£34.80 at checkout???



Same for me too, It stated the offer for £22.80 but wants £34.80 @ Checkout.
I mailed them to ask why
What is the best alternative to these for a small business that can actually take orders over the phone etc? One of the more professional card readers.

Also showing for me as £29.99 and £34.80 at checkout...
What’s this like compared to SumUp. I think Ryman are selling their card readers for £14.50.
Just found this if anyone interested. Looks like SumUp can take payments over phone if granted and slightly lower % rate at 1.69 but other features put izettle slightly ahead if you will use them like accepting foreign cards.
mobiletransaction.org/ize…up/
jezzery1 h, 38 m ago

Just found this if anyone interested. Looks like SumUp can take payments …Just found this if anyone interested. Looks like SumUp can take payments over phone if granted and slightly lower % rate at 1.69 but other features put izettle slightly ahead if you will use them like accepting foreign cards. https://www.mobiletransaction.org/izettle-vs-sumup/



Customer not present charges are 2.95% + 25p for SumUp so quite high. Square is a flat 2.5%
Been looking to find a cheap(low rates) way of accepting card payment for small family business so this deal comes at a good time. Done a bit more research online and iZettle, Sumup, Square seems to be the 3 main(& cheapest) providers on the market.

rates, features like types of cards accepted etc are quite similar between all, based on comparison reviews so far iZettle seems to shade the features, but Sumup have cheapest rates, so personally for me it goes down to the actual Reader itself, Sqaure reader has no display or keypad so it's no good for me.

But both izettle & sumup readers need tethering via bluetooth constantly to your phone or tablet for internet connection (imaging if you forgot/lost/broken your phone/tablet, then card reader don't work), and also from videos I've seen you need to input the order/charges/sums using you phone/tablet before you can charge the customer, which to me seems quite a bit of hassle, especially with not very tech-minded staff, needs to operate 2 devices.

Then I found that Sumup just released a new reader, Sumup 3G reader, which has its own 3G internet connection so no need to tether to any phone or tablet, and the best of all Sumup says "Just enter an amount, tap the charge button and you're all set", and no data charges.

That's the simplicity that I really want, 1) type in the amount of money I want to charge into the reader, and 2) the customer insert card and accept the charge, no need to worry about tethering, using phone/tablet/app etc.

But the new 3G reader is quite pricey, rrp is £99, but couple of online reports(from 11th/12th Oct) says the 3G reader is launching soon and for the first few weeks it's for sale at promo price of £69, but the Sumup website still says £99

sumup.co.uk/3g-…K19
Edited by: "No1_Dave" 18th Oct 2018
No1_Dave18th Oct 2018

<snipt> the new 3G reader is quite pricey, rrp is £99, but couple of …<snipt> the new 3G reader is quite pricey, rrp is £99, but couple of online reports(from 11th/12th Oct) says the 3G reader is launching soon and for the first few weeks it's for sale at promo price of £69, but the Sumup website still says £99 https://sumup.co.uk/3g-credit-card-reader/?prc=UK19


The reader is £69 PLUS VAT so the offer price is actually (£82.80 inc VAT) I've just bought one (cus I'm a tech head)
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Edited by: "artnada" 18th Oct 2018
artnada23 m ago

The reader is £69 PLUS VAT so the offer price is actually (£82.80 inc VAT) …The reader is £69 PLUS VAT so the offer price is actually (£82.80 inc VAT) I've just bought one (cus I'm a tech head) [Image]



I thought you used izettle? anyways did you buy the sumup 3G reader for £69+vat on the website?

and it's an improvement on the original, obviously with 3G internet, and bigger screen, and proper keypad buttons.
No1_Dave17 m ago

I thought you used izettle? anyways did you buy the sumup 3G reader for …I thought you used izettle? anyways did you buy the sumup 3G reader for £69+vat on the website? and it's an improvement on the original, obviously with 3G internet, and bigger screen, and proper keypad buttons.


Having a frustratng time with "Connection error" at the moment. Waiting for online chat.
artnada4 m ago

Having a frustratng time with "Connection error" at the moment. Waiting …Having a frustratng time with "Connection error" at the moment. Waiting for online chat.



is the error about the reader, or ordering on the website?
No1_Dave3 m ago

is the error about the reader, or ordering on the website?


Error is on the reader.
The order on the website was fine and the price was the offer price of £82.80 inc VAT arrived in 3 working days via UPS
hope you get it sorted and please give feedback on the reader (once it connects )
No1_Dave29 m ago

hope you get it sorted and please give feedback on the reader (once it …hope you get it sorted and please give feedback on the reader (once it connects )


I will. Overall it's a nice reader...it just will NOT connect Online chat are as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Apprently you can't use another sim in it according to support...although I may try one. I just keep getting "Connection error..."
So frustrating.

Edit: Just tried another sim (Vodafone) and it just immediatly came up with "Connection error..." so it must be a proprietary sim.
Edited by: "artnada" 18th Oct 2018
I'm guessing you need a business account to use this or can you use it in a standard account
suleyman15 m ago

I'm guessing you need a business account to use this or can you use it in …I'm guessing you need a business account to use this or can you use it in a standard account


If you're on about bank account, you can choose any bank account you like to get the money paid in.
so have you managed to get it connected yet?

also what functions/features does this 3G reader have or not have compared to the original reader? e.g can I connect it to the mobile phone app to email or text receipt to customer?
No1_Dave8 m ago

so have you managed to get it connected yet?also what functions/features …so have you managed to get it connected yet?also what functions/features does this 3G reader have or not have compared to the original reader? e.g can I connect it to the mobile phone app to email or text receipt to customer?


Nope. Rang support after the online chat. They cannot understand why it isn't connecting. The sim is one of those that selects the nearest network, (multi network) but I've tried it literally dozens of times and it just keeps coming back with "connection error...". Even drove 2 miles to test it just in case it was a blackspot in my area.

They have escalated the case, they think it "may" possibly be faulty unit.

The reader itself is quite nice. The screen is "touch" for when you enter your email and pw. You cn change how you connect, via settings, either GSM or Bluetooth. Tomorrow I'm going to take it out and use it via BT. Hopefully SumUp will call me to let me know what will happen.

All in all, it is a piece of kit released, IMHO, too soon and hasn't been tested fully.

I'll post more updates as and when on the 3G thread HERE
Edited by: "artnada" 18th Oct 2018
artnada5 m ago

Nope. Rang support after the online chat. They cannot understand why it …Nope. Rang support after the online chat. They cannot understand why it isn't connecting. The sim is one of those that selects the nearest network, (multi network) but I've tried it literally dozens of times and it just keeps coming back with "connection error...". Even drove 2 miles to test it just in case it was a blackspot in my area.They have escalated the case, they think it "may" possibly be faulty unit. The reader itself is quite nice. The screen is "touch" for when you enter your email and pw. You cn change how you connect, via settings, either GSM or Bluetooth. Tomorrow I'm going to take it out and use it via BT. Hopefully SumUp will call me to let me know what will happen.All in all, it is a piece of kit released, IMHO, too soon and hasn't been tested fully. I'll post more updates as and when on the 3G thread HERE



thanks for the update, and yes I agree we should go back to the appropriate thread for future discussion, don't want to go off topic
bozo00717th Oct

That fee is shared across multiple groups - the card issuer, the network, …That fee is shared across multiple groups - the card issuer, the network, the merchant acquirer, etc. Plus there is the cost of insurance against stolen / fraudulent cards. iZettle probably keeps just around 0.25%.


Do you have any evidence for this 0.25% estimate, and how this 1.75% is actually split? I don't understand why there needs to be so many parties talking a cut!
The card issuer should get nothing, they (usually credit provider or bank) make their profit from charging interest on the transaction amount or by providing it as a debit card with current account which usually receive zero interest due to this benefit...

I assume that iZettle and others piggyback off either MasterCard/visa the main networks... but in this age, why do they need to use this cartel? With all the encryption security these days, we should have an open market for card processing networks... not a cartel mentality where the big two control most of the market. At least BACS or interbank payments are currently free lol...
Must you have a registered business to accept payments using this?
Turret13 m ago

Must you have a registered business to accept payments using this?


You can be a sole trader, e.g a self employed taxi driver, electrician etc. Just put your business name as your own name if you don't have a business name.
trd21st Oct

Do you have any evidence for this 0.25% estimate, and how this 1.75% is …Do you have any evidence for this 0.25% estimate, and how this 1.75% is actually split? I don't understand why there needs to be so many parties talking a cut! The card issuer should get nothing, they (usually credit provider or bank) make their profit from charging interest on the transaction amount or by providing it as a debit card with current account which usually receive zero interest due to this benefit...I assume that iZettle and others piggyback off either MasterCard/visa the main networks... but in this age, why do they need to use this cartel? With all the encryption security these days, we should have an open market for card processing networks... not a cartel mentality where the big two control most of the market. At least BACS or interbank payments are currently free lol...


The card issuer takes a cut to pay for any cashback / rewards on the card and not everyone pays interest on purchases. The network owner (Visa / Mastercard / Amex) take a cut for enabling all this. It is practically difficult to build a network that enables any card issued anywhere on the planet to be used anywhere and provide real time updates to the consumer (like Revolut does). The same networks enable a card to be blocked real time if lost or stolen. Plus the investments required to mitigate fraud. There is an element of profit and frankly, it is also because of a first mover advantage.

I don't have a problem with the 1.7% because there is a greater cost to using cash only which most of us don't realise - loss of business as online shopping becomes impossible, lower tax collection, significantly higher costs of just handling the cash, etc.
Surely Sumup is better deal. 1.69%
Good price - they do regular deals. We've been using now for over a year and it's been very reliable and cheaper then Zinc.

Sumup may be 0.06 less in fees, I've not used them. We have used iZettle and have had no issues with super prompt payments.

Another advantage of using one of these suppliers is not to bother with a PCI DSS annual cash generation scheme audit.required by the "big" providers, and largely unnecessary for a small trader taking face to face payments.
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