Square Rates Have Changed
Many troop leaders and cookie moms use Square to process credit card payments at their troop’s Girl Scout Cookie Booth. Hopefully you’re receiving FREE credit card processing using their referral incentives. If you’re not receiving FREE processing from Square, here’s a summary of the costs you will incur while using Square to take credit cards at your cookie booth.
As of September 2019, Square has changed from it’s flat rate (2.75%) to a more complex fee structure. While still competitive, the new fee structure will cause a fee increase if you process many small payments.
Square Fees Depend on the Transaction Type at Cookie Booth
There are mainly two types of credit card transactions you will encounter at a Girl Scout Cookie booth; card present transactions (swiping, dipping, or tapping a credit card) or manual transactions. The fees charged will vary depending on the transaction type.
- Card Present Fees – 2.6% of the total transaction plus 10¢
- Manually Entered Fees – 3.5% of the total transaction plus .15¢
Card Present Payments
Card present payments includes when credit card information is entered into the Square app by swiping, tapping, or dipping a chip card. This will be the cheapest way to process the transaction.
Card Present Fees – 2.6% of the total transaction plus 10¢
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