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Get to Know How a Credit Card Reader Works

Almost everybody nowadays has a credit card and related to this card is a credit card reader that we might not know its role. Whenever we use our credit cards in buying and paying the products, a credit card reader is the machine that completes the process in the transaction. In order therefore to accept your purchase, a credit card reader will use your card, and note that this machine can also read employee cards, customer cards and gift certificates.

Our business world has taken in the use credit cards in order to transact sales of products or services, and to complete the process, the credit card readers do the reading and processing of these credit cards so that the sale transaction is finished. The role of the credit card reader is to get the information from the credit card, pass the information, and make verification if the particular credit card has sufficient funds to support the purchase being done.

In order to understand more on how a credit card reader functions, let us briefly describe to you its features first.

When you use your credit card, you will notice at the back that it has a shiny black stripe. Upon swiping your credit card, the information contained in the shiny black stripe is read by the credit card reader and it will validate your credit card if it contains enough funds and allow transactions.

When your credit card is swiped in the credit card reader machine, the data embedded in the shiny black stripe will then be sent to the central tracking and billing system, and process the information sent to the company where the credit card belongs.

When the credit card company gets the information and has verified, it will then confirms to the issuing bank that the card is legitimate, and notify if the card has reached its spending limit or purchase is still acceptable.

A basic credit card reader is composed of a magnetic stripe reader, a keypad used to enter information, and a tiny display. A credit card reader can be attached through a keyboard wedge serial port or USB, and may have a built-in printer, or attached as a separate unit.

Reader’s display part comes in several kinds and the more favourable type is the bigger display because you can view more information at one glance. Having a backlit feature in a credit card reader is favourable also especially when the reader is used under low light surroundings.

With regards to the keypads feature, there are differences in the size and keys with the bigger keypads used more to enhance its use. The more keys available, the more preference given to the commonly used utilities to use their own key.