Credit Card Paper

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Although ordering printer paper for credit card machines may seem like a minute detail, some companies would find themselves in very unenviable situations if they ever ran out. In order to process transactions, businesses need to provide their customers with receipts; signatures must accompany all credit transactions. These actions are impossible without the right paper.

When ordering paper rolls, people have to make sure they order to right size, ply, and type of paper. Not all paper will work with all printers. Thermal printers, which use no ink, cannot print on standard paper. In some instances, the wrong paper will work, but the print quality will be poor. It may smudge or appear too light or too dark. Of course, paper of the wrong size will not even fit into a printer. Ordering the wrong paper is a waste of money.

Different Paper Products for Credit Card Transactions

Retailers choose between three-ply, two-ply, and one-ply paper. Three-ply is the thickest and sturdiest, while one-ply is the thinnest and most inexpensive. Three-ply paper sells for as much double the amount someone would pay for one-ply. Some businesspeople pay the extra money for higher-grade paper to project more professional images. Regardless of the paper they buy, businesses save considerable money per roll by ordering in bulk.

Instead of printing receipts off rolls, retailers have the option of using imprinter slips. These slips utilize carbon paper. Customers receive one copy, and merchants retain another. Imprinter slips show customers' names and full credit card numbers as they appear on their cards, which could pose security risks.

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