America has a lot of bookstores and one made a recent substantial improvement when checking out in its stores.
Half Price Books has officially begun accepting Apple Pay in its retail stores.
It would appear as though some of the stores have upgraded their card readers to Ingenico Lane/5000 readers that do have the Near Field Communication (NFC) symbol on them, indicating that they do accept contactless payment methods such as Apple Pay. On the screen, it also gives you the option to “Tap” your payment when making a purchase too.
After personally testing it out myself, I can say that it does work. It also looks like the company has recently added these, as I was in its Des Moines, Iowa store a month or two ago, and the card readers, like the one above, were not there.
This also makes Half Price Books one of the last book retailers to begin accepting Apple Pay in its stores. Other stores such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and popular American retailer Target have already been accepting Apple Pay for years in their stores.
When it comes to Half Price Books’ website, it still does not have Apple Pay support as of this writing. However, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million do not accept it on their websites either.
For those looking to purchase new and used physical books online with Apple Pay, we recommend using apps and websites such as ThriftBooks and Target.
If you go to your local Half Price Books and it still has old card readers, have no worries. If it is not available at your store yet, this could simply be a gradual release and transition for the company right now and will get to all stores eventually.
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