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PayPal is looking to eliminate cash registers and wallets to create a digital payment ecosystem in retail

PayPal wants merchants to get rid of their traditional cash registers and opt for its new program: Cash for Registers. 

Cash for Registers will reward merchants who decide to trade in their cash register for a solution like PayPal Here -- which allows payments to be processed on-the-go via an iPad, iPhone or Android device. 

What will merchants receive for ditching their cash registers, exactly? PayPal will give them free credit, debit card, check, and PayPal processing for the remainder of the year (as long as they're a qualifying U.S. business). 

In addition to free processing, PayPal will spread the word about businesses who participate in Cash for Registers to its 55+ million U.S. (128 million worldwide) customers.

PayPal said it is partnering with ERPLY, ShopKeep, Vend and more in order to launch the service. 

While it doesn't launch til next month, businesses can sign up for it here

Source: PayPal

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By Nortel on 5/15/2013 2:56:00 PM , Rating: 1
Am I the only one who would never swipe my credit card onto somebody's phone? Brave new world?

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By VoodooChicken on 5/15/2013 3:04:10 PM , Rating: 5
How's that different than any other credit card transaction? The vendor's phone doesn't read your card, the card reader does. If you trust verifone or whomever at the grocery store, squareup does the same thing, pretty much the same way.

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By CZroe on 5/15/2013 10:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
Because a phone the clerk can treat like their own is a lot more easily compromised than a register. When I was at the Del Mar Fair in San Diego I immediately canceled my check card after an idiot at the very first booth I stopped at thought it would be a good idea to hold his phone under the counter and send a text message while holding my card in his hand. He may have just been texting his friend back but I wasn't taking that risk. You're taking that risk when you hand some clerk your card and let them swipe it into a phone. Even without unintentional malware or a compromised phone and even with locked-down "secure" devices, an intentionally malicious clerk can put the reader into their own personal phone or tablet and you'd have no idea.

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By Brandon Hill on 5/15/2013 3:40:15 PM , Rating: 3
There's a local snowball shop here in town that we LOVE going to. Their "cash register" is an iPad 3G with a Square dongle attached.

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By ipay on 5/15/2013 9:41:00 PM , Rating: 4
My wife and I go to some parties where the snowballing is free.

RE: payment method
By Brandon Hill on 5/16/2013 12:04:46 AM , Rating: 4
Just looked snowballing up on urban dictionary...


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By Strunf on 5/16/2013 7:34:32 AM , Rating: 2
What was seen cannot be unseen! :/

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By ven1ger on 5/16/2013 6:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
I just had to look it up...after the first sentence, I knew I didn't need to read more...

Never knew they had a term for that.

RE: payment method
By Motoman on 5/15/2013 3:48:44 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't if it was PayPal.

But I have a Square unit myself. Use it on occasion for my small business...or whatever. Very handy and way better than the old merchant account that I had to pay a significant amount of money to have every month...even though on some months I wouldn't even use it at all.

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By fic2 on 5/15/2013 3:56:19 PM , Rating: 4
I can't believe that merchants would trust paypal since they have a history of screwing both the buyer and the seller.

RE: payment method
By Motoman on 5/15/2013 8:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe that anybody, anywhere still trusts PayPal - or their inbred brother eBay.

RE: payment method
By ven1ger on 5/16/2013 6:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
Used to use Paypal for Ebay mostly years ago, but after all the problems people were reporting about Paypal, I decided that I didn't want to put my trust in them, so basically gave up on Paypal, though I'm not a seller, just a buyer.

RE: payment method
By artemicion on 5/15/2013 5:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I'm less concerned with credit card fraud from merchants using this kind of technology. Way too easy for the police to track down the funds and eventually the culprit. Granted, I'm not going to swipe my credit card to pay for something on craigslist.

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