What Kinds of Electronic Check Conversion Exist?
There are two major types of electronic check conversion – electronic check conversion and electronic check conversion with check guarantee. Before jumping into the key difference though, it’s helpful to spend some time explaining electronic check conversion in general.
Electronic Check Conversion Explained Using Credit Cards
The best way to explain electronic check conversion (and even electronic check conversion with check guarantee) is to point to credit cards. Years ago, instead of swiping credit cards into an electronic reader, merchants had to physically place them into a metal contraption, along with a two-piece carbon form. A heavy roller created an imprint of the credit card. After signing the form, one copy stayed with the store and the other went to the purchaser.
But in the last twenty years shoppers and stores forego using extra paper since everything is stored electronically thanks to the electronic reader. With electronic check conversion an amount is entered and the check is scanned, much like credit cards today. When the transaction is complete the check is given back to the customer since everything is stored electronically. As with current credit card transactions, the business no longer needs to have an ‘extra paper trail’.