Amazon Local Register Review
Amazon Local Register (localregister.amazon.com) is a mobile payment solution from Amazon that was launched in August 2014 to compete with existing mobile processing apps like Square, GoPayment, and PayPal Here. Technically an extension of the company’s “Amazon Local” small business program, Amazon Local Register enables merchants to accept transactions using a free mobile app and a card swiper that plugs into a mobile device’s headphone jack. The service is compatible with all iPhone models after the iPhone 4, all Samsung Galaxy phones after the S3, iPad, iPad Mini, and Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets. It is designed to be used in conjunction with an Amazon Payments account, so merchants will be required to create one if they do not have one already. Jeff Bezos is the CEO of Amazon.
Amazon Local Register Customer Reviews
Here's What Their Clients Say
|Total Online Complaints||200+|
|Live Customer Support||Yes|
|Most Common Complaint||Fund Holds|
We are currently able to locate hundreds of negative Amazon Local Register reviews. Most of the available complaints can be found on the Amazon card swiper product page, where it has a 3.1 out of 5 rating, and on the Google Play store, where it has a 2.4 out of 5 rating. Complainants typically cite the withholding of large amounts, the inconvenience of upgrading a personal Amazon account to a business account, limited device compatibility, and a fairly basic interface that can’t be navigated as swiftly as those found with the service’s competitors.
Amazon Local Register support is available by phone seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PST and the company also offers email support. This may prove to be a significant advantage for the company over Square, which offers no phone support, and PayPal Here, which generally receives mixed reviews for its customer service. Current reviews do mention that customer service reps can be reached fairly easily, which is a positive sign.
Amazon Local Register Online Ratings
Here's How They Rate Online
Amazon Local Register does not have a dedicated Better Business Bureau profile, but the BBB does maintain a profile for Amazon as a whole. Amazon’s profile currently has a “B+” rating with the BBB and over 6,400 complaints. We will not factor this BBB report into the overall grade for Amazon Local Register because it includes complaints related to all of Amazon’s products and services.
Amazon Local Register Fees, Rates & Costs
A Closer Look at The Contract
|Early Termination Fee||None|
|PCI Compliance Fee||None|
|Equipment Lease Terms||None|
Amazon Local Register advertises that it charges only two rates: 2.5% for swiped payments and 2.99% for keyed-in payments. These rates are significantly lower than those offered by Amazon’s primary competitors, Square and PayPal Here. Amazon Local Register also advertises no monthly fees, no long-term contracts, no chargeback fees, no refund fees, and no additional fees for international cards. Amazon’s card reader costs $10 and does not appear to be reimbursed via account credit at this time.
At first glance, this pricing appears to be highly competitive and ideal for most small retailers. However, it is worth noting that Amazon has a similar policy to other mobile processors regarding cash reserves and fund holds. Merchants should be sure to read two sections of the company’s user agreement in particular:
We may require that you maintain a minimum balance in your Payment Account or establish a separate reserve account Reserve to secure the performance of your payment obligations under this Agreement. The Reserve will be in an amount we determine to cover our risk from providing the Services to you (including without limitation anticipated Chargebacks or credit risk) or the amount designated by our Processor. The Reserve may be raised, lowered or removed from time to time. You agree that we may fund the Reserve from your Balance, funds sent by you upon our request, or funds due to you under this Agreement. You grant us a security interest in and lien on all funds held in any Reserve, and you also authorize us to make any withdrawals or debits from the Reserve, without prior notice to you, to collect amounts that you owe us, our Affiliates, your customers or Other Users.
Your Payment Account may be subject to certain limits, which may affect your ability to send, receive, or withdraw funds. Any limits may be modified at any time. These limits may be affected by several factors, including without limitation our assessment of the risk associated with your Payment Account, the amount of pending or potential Chargebacks, the information you provide, our ability to verify your account information, and requirements of law. In addition to account limits, we may restrict transactions to or from your Payment Account or limit access to funds in your Payment Account in an amount and for a period of time we deem necessary to protect us, your customers, or Other Users including without limitation if: (a) we are subject to financial risk, (b) you have violated any term of this Agreement, (c) you have pending Chargebacks or we believe you may have Chargebacks, (d) any dispute exists involving your Payment Account or transaction conducted in connection with your Payment Account, (e) needed to protect the security of our systems, or (f) required by law or court order or if otherwise requested by law enforcement or any governmental entity. We may inspect your Payment Account for any reason.
We have found a handful of Amazon Local Register complaints that specifically mention account freezes or withheld funds. At least one of these merchants charged a very high amount on a keyed-in transaction immediately after opening the account, which is a behavior that is likely to result in a hold. Given the low number of complaints about this issue, we will award Amazon Local Register an “A-” rating in this category for the time being.
Amazon Local Register Employee Reviews & Sales Tacitcs
Should You Work For Them?
|Employs Independent Resellers||No|
|Advertises Deceptive Rates||No|
|Discloses All Important Terms||Yes|
Amazon appears to primarily market its Local Register service through its existing customer outreach channels. As the world’s largest online retailer and a globally recognized brand, the company does not need to employ a team of sales agents to pitch a new service. As of this review’s publication, Amazon is promoting a limited-time offer of a $25 credit for all new merchants who sign up for Local Register before August 31, 2015. There appears to be nothing misleading about this promotion. In fact, there is no indication at this time that Amazon is engaging in misleading rate promotion or nondisclosure of fees, so we will award the service an “A+” in this section for now.
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