Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader

Amazon today launched the Amazon Local Register, a new iOS compatible card reader made to compete with Square's Square Reader and Paypal's Here card reader. Featuring an anti-swivel design and integration with Amazon payments, the Local Register accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover as Amazon is offering a special flat rate of just 1.75% per swipe until January 2016.


Amazon Local Register's companion app for iOS offers a number of features to manage payments, allowing users to add items and discounts as well as the ability to track cash transactions, add staff accounts, change tax rates, and more. The app and the card reader can also connect with a number of cases, stands, receipt printers, cash drawers, and more.

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The Amazon Local Register Secure Card Reader is available now for $10 through Amazon's website. The card reader's companion app can be downloaded through the App Store today. [Direct Link]

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19 weeks ago
I still can't believe the US hasn't adopted chip and pin. And they say y'all are ahead... :confused:
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19 weeks ago
Is it just me or does the UI design look kind of lazy in this?
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19 weeks ago
The way Amazon treats other companies (bullying Hatchet, Disney and many more), I wouldn't trust them to process my transactions.

Amazon previously has encouraged users to tell them the prices retailers were charging so they could undercut them just enough to put them out of business. I bet the hidden agenda of this app is getting the retailer to tell Amazon their prices directly.

Amazon is evil. Don't get involved with them or you'll regret it!
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19 weeks ago
and then Apple blows everyone away with a wrist band that replaces your wallet.
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19 weeks ago
I'm really shocked this doesn't support EMV when the liability switch is just over a year away.
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19 weeks ago

I still can't believe the US hasn't adopted chip and pin. And they say y'all are ahead... :confused:


Totally... LOL!

But, but, but... it features an anti-swivel design... :rolleyes:
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19 weeks ago

Problem with NFC cards is that thieves can walk up to you with a portable reader and grab your info, so you end up needing special faraday cage wallets and purses to stop that.

The forthcoming EMV, or what I call smart card, like Europe has had for years will solve a lot of that problem. It just takes awhile for a country like the US to switch over. I just got the notice from Square a couple weeks ago about the October 2015 deadline.


Agreed. NFC is more secure in a phone than on a card. At least on a phone the system isn't active until the app is running, vs. on a card where it's "always on"
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18 weeks ago
Square deposits my money the next day, without fail.
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18 weeks ago
I use square reader in my solo medical practice. The fees add up to thousands a year via Square Reader. So I am going to use the Amazon reader until 12/15 and will save a lot of money by doing so. I am hoping that by then a sort of price war will have brought the fees down to earth. I concur with some of the anti-amazon wrath, but please consider the gouging of small businesses and professional practices.
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19 weeks ago

Off topic, but I believe card readers in the US are much nicer than those in Europe, we have nice large color touch screens etc while Europe still has ancient looking terminals. Of course both types take chips just fine.


What I would like to see in the US: the ubiquitous wireless card readers (and keypad, and receipt printer) that I saw in Europe and Brazil:



They use the cell phone network. You don't have to hand your card to the waiter: they bring the entire device to your table.
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