Make a magnetic stripe sale on a Barclaycard Desktop card machine

A magnetic stripe sale, also called a swipe sale, means your customer needs to sign for their purchase instead of entering a PIN.

1. Key in the sale amount

Key the sale amount into the card machine, and press ENTER.

2. Swipe the stripe

Swipe your customer’s payment card from top to bottom along the slot on the right side of your card machine. 

3. Get a signature

Print merchant receipt with signature line from card machine
If your customer’s card is set up for signature sales, your card machine prints a receipt labelled MERCHANT COPY with a signature line.

Tear it off and ask your customer to sign along the signature line.

4. Compare signatures

Compare your customer’s signature with the one on the back of their payment card.

On screen, you’ll see Signature OK?

If the signatures match, press ENTER.

5. Wait for authorisation

Your card machine contacts Barclaycard to authorise the payment and prints a receipt labelled CARDHOLDER COPY

6. Give your customer their receipt

Tear off the cardholder receipt and give it to your customer, along with their payment card.  Then press ENTER.

7. Keep your copy of the receipt

Your card machine prints a receipt labelled MERCHANT COPY. Tear it off and keep it somewhere secure.

And you’re done

Just press ENTER to get back to the READY screen.  

If the signatures don’t match, press CLEAR to decline the sale and ask your customer for another form of payment.