Prompted by this question, I began looking for evidence that the Square credit card reader could be used for personal transactions (transactions outside of a business context).
Users of Square must agree to terms and conditions which, though overwhelmingly geared toward business use cases and is even called a Merchant Agreement, don't appear to expressly prohibit personal use. In fact, there are articles that seem to encourage the use "just because you want to accept credit cards":
- Fast Company: "The result was the Square reader, which launched a year ago and which allows just about anyone to set themselves up to take credit card payments. Even you. Planning a garage sale and want to enable people to pay for your gerbil cages and Shawn Cassidy LPs by credit card? No problem. Square's for you."
- NY Times: "So let’s say someone from Craigslist comes over to buy your old junk. You snap the Square reader into your phone or tablet. You tap in the amount of the purchase; it could be $1 for a yo-yo, $25 for a box of old records or $12,000 for a used car (there’s no maximum amount). You type a description if you like, and maybe even take a photo of what you’re selling."
These don't convince me. Taken in context, they're not Square policy, but part "gee this is neat" and part "imagine if you could do this." The website does not call out any of these use cases. They're all business cases.
It truly would be a game-changer if any Joe Schmo could accept credit cards for virtually anything they wanted to sell, but I don't think we're quite there yet. I sense that the person accepting payments through Square must be associated with a business entity.
My question: Can anyone confirm/deny whether Square can be used for personal transactions? Pointing to the rules governing the nature of the transactions would be ideal.