That little device right there, the one you see above, has made a HUGE difference in my life. It’s the PayPal Here app and credit card reader. As a blogger there are times I get a pre-paid gift card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.) as part of a campaign. Whether that’s how payment is made or it’s a small gift card to use to grab supplies needed for some posts they come here and there. I used to have to keep up with the amounts on the gift cards which could get quite annoying if there was only .17 left on one…and yes I used every cent. Thanks to PayPal Here there is no more keeping up of gift cards.
What is PayPal Here? Glad you asked…
PayPal Here is a way you can add all those random gift cards to your PayPal account so there is no more keeping track of them. The little device above plugs into your iPhone or Android phone and with the PayPal Here app the magic begins. For instance, I had a $25.00 American Express gift card so I went in and made a new “sale” for $25.00, swiped the car, signed and voila…the money went straight to my PayPal account. It’s so much easier for me to do it that way and use my PayPal debit card instead of carrying around lots of gift cards. The funds are instantly added to my account and I can get rid of the gift cards.
There is a small 2.7% fee for card swipes (a bit more for entering payments in other ways), but to me it’s worth it. It’s so easy to do, check out the simple steps…
Step 1: Log in to the PayPal Here app (same as your PayPal login)
Step 2: Enter amount and tap charge.
Step 3: Pick how the customer (or you if you are using it for yourself) wants to pay. You have PayPal, Cash, Check, Card, or Invoice.
Step 4: Swipe card (you can also choose to scan it in or manually enter the information)
Step 5: Allow customer to sign signature screen, then hit complete purchase.
Step 6: Choose your receipt option: Send to E-mail, Mobile, or No Thanks.
Finally you will see a summary of time, date, amount, and location of “sale”.
I LOVE using this because even though they do charge the fee I also get 1% cash back when I use my PayPal debit card so really it’s like I am only paying 1.7% and I will gladly do so for the convenience. There are other things out there like this of course but according to this chart PayPal here reigns supreme for the time being:
This is definitely a much needed added addition to my blogging life. In fact it really came in handy when I went to Brandcation and 4 other girls went in with me on renting a card, all I had to do was type in the amount, scan the card they wanted to use, and after they signed the money was right back in my PayPal.
I’m telling you whether you are a blogger who gets paid in gift cards, if you get gift cards for holidays, or if you are a business owner who needs an easy way to take payments you want to check out PayPal Here. It’s definitely made my life easier and a little more organized since I don’t have to carry around all those gift cards…..and that is exactly why it rocks!!!