There are a number of accessories available for credit card terminals which can improve the experience of your customer during the transaction. Other accessories are designed to offer enhanced security. Here is a brief selection of some of the most popular terminal accessories currently available in the US.
Swivel Stands for Terminals
These stands are designed to hold the credit card terminal at an angle that is more convenient for both your customer and your staff.
This is a 45 degree setting which allows for 360 degree rotation. The angled display makes the screen easier to read and therefore reduces the risk of transaction errors occurring.
Swivel stands can be attached to the counter top with secure screws and some offer quick release features giving you more flexibility when it comes to the location of your device.
There are stands designed for each brand of terminal and prices start at around $80 (for the Low Profile Equinox L5300 Swivel Stand) and can reach up to $120.
Pedestal Stands for Terminals
Pedestal stands typically come in three different forms; fixed height, telescoping and telescoping quick release. These stands have a number of important design features such as ergonomic tilt handles and patented friction pad design.
Most come with a five year guarantee and are tested through 250,000 cycles. Prices for pedestal stands typically range between $85 and $130 depending on which make and model you require.
PIN Pad Security Shield for Terminals
The use of PIN based cards has increased in recent years and the credit card terminal industry has responded swiftly to this change. Merchants are now able to purchase PIN shields to prevent others from seeing the customer's PIN number.
These robust powder coated steel devices are easily attached to PIN pads within minutes and will provide your customers with further peace of mind that their transaction is completely secure. Prices for these shields start from around $50.
Terminal receipts are either printed on thermal or carbonless paper rolls which are typically purchased in batches of 50.
You do not have to purchase the printer paper from the supplier of your device and shopping around can allow you to obtain a sizable discount as prices for a pack of 50 rolls can vary greatly, costing anything from $30 to $100.
Carrying Cases for Wireless Terminals
If your business conducts outside events, you may want to invest in a carrying case for your machine. These come with a long strap allowing the terminal to be carried securely on the waist.
This means that your employees' hands are left free to carry out their work but they can simply access the device when the customer needs to make a payment.
The padding in the case also ensures that your terminal remains safe even in challenging sales environments. Carrying cases vary in price but generally cost between $30 and $60 each.
Chargers for Wireless Terminals
For businesses that use wireless terminals at events such as fairs or markets, having a terminal lose power can be disastrous for the day's sales.
Thankfully, however, there are a number of portable chargers available which can be plugged into car charging points or that can provide power from a portable battery which means you will not run the risk of being unable to take payments.
Battery power supplies start from around $20, while in car chargers are closer to $60 each.
Terminal providers also supply a number of different cables allowing your terminal to connect to a wide variety of POS systems.