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So far, I love EI for producing regular invoices and quotes, but I am looking for a way to integrate credit card processing. In my own software, I had a function that I wrote to read in CC info from a magnet stripe reader, parse it out and then I could easily copy and past this info into PayPal's credit card terminal for processing.

 

Now that I am no longer using that, I am looking for a way to do that through EI. Quickbooks has a similar add-on module that lets you do this. Is there any plans for EI to have a function like this? What would be the most likely credit card gateway? Authorize.net? Sagepayments.com?

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I can't be the only one looking for this feature.

 

I realize this is a primarily user-fueled forum, but some feedback from the developers would be nice. If there is no intentions of adding on features like credit card handling and barcoding, then I need to know before I really sink time into learning to use it. I can consider the $50 I spent on it an educational loss.

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Its nothing we have thought of at this stage, you can submit it as a suggestion through your help menu

 

 

Yep, I already did that. I did'nt get any response, so I figured I would ask here again.

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No you won't get a response immediately, it does get logged in our system however, and when your suggestion is reviewed you will get a response. It will then tell you if your suggestion has been implemented or not.

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No you won't get a response immediately, it does get logged in our system however, and when your suggestion is reviewed you will get a response. It will then tell you if your suggestion has been implemented or not.

 

I made the submission through the software it'self. Well, I'll cross my fingers hoping to see this. If it was to be added, I think it would be a great addition!

 

I guess I should explain that I am hoping to use Express Invoice both in-house when shipping orders and on-site at a trade show, convention, ect. This is why the CC function would be an excellent add-on. The software I have been using for invoicing and on-site POS was custom written by me and it worked very well for several years. Unfortunately, I had a fatal HDD crash and lost all of my source. Ever since then, I have been on the look out for commercial software that I could replace my software with. I managed to work in barcoding for both inventory and on-site sales. It really sped things up.

 

Its just some suggestions.

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Hey Jason,

 

Ive been talking to the boss and the developer and this is something they definitely want to include.

Seen as you have emailed the suggestion you will be notified when its been done. They are just negotiating its priority atm so I cannot give you an ETA at this stage.

 

cheers.

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Great! This is great to hear! I have to beleive there is a demand for this. If you get this added in, you will be one step closer to crushing the QuickBooks empire :) I refuse to buy their software after attempting a try with their demo a while back.

 

The closer you can get EI to a dual invoicing/POS program, the better off you will be and you can sell to a wider range of businesses. In my case, I have a use for both sides in what I do.

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This feature is going to be Awesome. Does anyone know the status on when this will be available?

 

I haven't heard anything further, but that doesn't mean that it isn't in the works. I am really looking forward to it because it will make my life much easier when I am at trade shows and conventions.

 

Ever since I had to dump my own POS software, I have been basically entering my customer's CC info into PayPal's online interface as though I was them. I created a subdomain on my website that I go to when at a show, there I have a buy button for $1. I just select this and change the quantity to the amount due. This makes the total what I need to charge to their card. This is very cumbersom because I am forced to sit there and enter everything, including their mailing address and phone number for the card. Oh and if there are ANY details that do not match the card's records, it rejects them. To make matters worse, if they have the card linked to their own PayPal account, it rejects it outright unless they log into their own PayPal account and send the payment that way.

 

My whole point is, with a simple interface with authorize.net as the backend, you can simply swipe the card and run it like a normal POS would. That brings up a gew suggestions...

 

1. Add provisions for any simple credit card swiper to be used. The nice thing is, these act like a keyboard input. When you swipe the card, the string is printed to wherever the cursor is. I can simply open Notepad, swipe a card and the string shows up in the window. I have some well working parsing code down in VB.net to read in this string and parse the CC info out. I am even willing to share this with the developers.

 

2. Add some kind of "payment type" option to the invoice window. I would like to see "Cash", "Credit" and "Check". When Credit is selected, have the printed invoice show the CC holder's first and last name, last four of the CC number (possibly with leading * signs) and a line for a signature.

 

Last week, I attended a large convention where I used EI for the first time live. It worked VERY well, but when I did a credit card, there was no way to reflect this on the printed invoice. I simply had the customer sign the bottom of the invoice and I kept it. I printed a second copy to give them as a receipt.

 

Another suggestion down the road would be support for continous paper printers for receipt printing, especially CC signing. I use the popular Dymo Turbo printers for printing labels and postage. They also have a tape roll and I have one, but I can't use it yet. Just another suggestion to make EI more POS like.

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Currently I am still using my free trial of EI. I would like it to have a paypal feature for credit cards. Something similar to Microsoft Accounting but not as complicated. In order for me to process credit cards in EI, I take the total amount of the Invoice and make it a line item in PayPal Invoicing with the description as my Invoice number. I like everything about EI except that it doesn't support credit cards. I will definitely buy the software if the features were added even if the price increased for these options. Hopefully EI will catch up in the race as I really like the simplicity of the software.

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Currently I am still using my free trial of EI. I would like it to have a paypal feature for credit cards. Something similar to Microsoft Accounting but not as complicated. In order for me to process credit cards in EI, I take the total amount of the Invoice and make it a line item in PayPal Invoicing with the description as my Invoice number. I like everything about EI except that it doesn't support credit cards. I will definitely buy the software if the features were added even if the price increased for these options. Hopefully EI will catch up in the race as I really like the simplicity of the software.

 

No doubt about it, as far as simple, low cost solutions, EI is the top of the list! I'm sure you saw my post above explaining my convoluting method for running credit cards. The real bitch is, PayPal has what they call Virtual Terminal. Its a web-based CC terminal thatw orks just like the real thing, but no BS to enter in like names and addresses. The catch is, you must have to have bullet proof credit or some kind of major income to qualify. I have been using PayPal for online business for 8 years and they rejected my request to use the service. I responded by coming up with the method I use. Its not the best, but it does work.

 

The funny side to that story is, after one show, I did close to $3000 is sales that day. PayPal contacted me and said "It looks like you are attempting to use our service to bill credit cards, we suggest you try out 'Virtual Termial'." I shot back and told them I already tried that and was rejected. I never got a response to that email.

 

I guess the other PayPal method is using their backend authorization through a program, like EI. Hopefully the developers will give us several choices. I would prefer Authorize.net (most popular and trusted) and PayPal for starters.

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Hopefully the developers will give us several choices. I would prefer Authorize.net (most popular and trusted) and PayPal for starters.

 

Authorize.net and PayPal are the two main gateways we are looking at as well as a few others

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A couple of additional questions:

 

1. When using a credit card, will there be some kind of "sign here" line indication and last four digits of the card on the invoice? I guess as youins work towards integrating POS-like functions, things like this will be added.

 

2. What will the card input interface be? Will it be all hand typed or will there be support for one of these low cost USB stripe readers? I think I mentioned before that I have one of these and they work great. They just spit out a string and the software just has to parse the information out.

 

3. Are there any talks about supporting a receipt printer of some kind? Not as much for the items sold but for the buyer to sign for a credit card transaction. I have a Dymo Turbo 400 and it works very well. You have the option of putting in a continous roll for receipts. Plus, its thermal, so no ribbons or ink to buy :lol:

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