I’ve been told that Mercury Payment Systems offers a gift card service basically for free for those processing through them. The cards lack imprinted numbers and as such are not very usable for a primarily delivery operation so I haven’t looked at the details/specifics of their program… but they might be a place to start looking.
I do not think there will be an issue whether or not a particular gift card will work with your POS system…For the most part the gift cards are pretty generic…But gift cards are usually processed through your credit card terminal and what may be an issue is whether or not your POS system can support the gift card function at all…
We have a Gift Card program. Probably won’t work with your POS though. We provide ALL the accounting, card holders can check their balance online or call an 800 number.
The Great thing about gift cards is, on average, a card holder will spend 35% more than is on the card and, conversely, the ones that don’t redeem them that is like Free Money. The last fact, known as “Breakage” will probably cover the cost of the program. In essence it becomes a Free Marketing campaign.
Gift Cards are Great for those of you around a College or HS Campus. Mom and Dad can put money on the Card for little Johnny/Janey to eat.
If you don’t mind swiping your gift cards through a separate terminal (the gift card company will sell or rent you one), you can go with just about any gift card provider. As long as your POS lets you add a “Gift Card” tender/payment type, you’re good to go.
But if you process credit cards directly through your POS (without a separate terminal) and want to handle gift cards the same way, then you will need to find out which specific gift card processors your POS integrates with. I would suggest that you call the POS company and ask the question again.
Although they’re probably not the cheapest, I’ve heard good things from customers about Givex, and I’ve also talked to some who opted to go with Valutec or ValueLink. The free gift card processing through Mercury sounds like a deal, but since it requires that you switch over your credit card processing too, make sure their cc rates are worth the switch before you decide.
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I like PCCharge. I have numerous customers using it as the Module in their software and not one of them have ever complained. If you use PCCharge via the Internet the transaction time is about 1 second, extremely fast.
I will have to verify whether our Gift Card program is compatible with PCCharge.
Why would the crowd fall silent? There are plenty of DiamondTouch users 'round here. If you have a sample of the gift cards you need with DiamondTouch you should be able to have them manufactured almost anywhere. They should cost you $1.25 to $1.50 to have them printed and you should be able to use them with your current gift card processor.