Point of Sale (POS) Glossary
A card signature threshold is an amount a transaction must exceed to trigger requiring a customer to sign for a transaction. Amounts under the threshold would not need a signature. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express all ended their requirements for signatures at point of sale terminals in the United States in 2018.
Customers appreciate checking out more quickly without a signature, and it also helps to reduce contact that could spread disease. Since many cards are now NFC (near-field communication) enabled, requiring a signature would reduce that technology’s convenience.
Outside of the U.S., there are still some requirements for signatures, and a U.S. merchant may also decide to require signatures at their business. If a merchant chooses to enable a card signature threshold in their POS system, they may set it at whatever amount they want.
An eCommerce website is open 24/7 and accessible from all over the world. Being online and having physical store opens your business to a global market.
You’ve probably been at the register at the grocery store and asked if you wanted to contribute money to a charity as you checked out. Maybe you donated, or perhaps you found it was annoying. It might have depended on your mood that day, or possibly the charity was a deciding factor.