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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Certain transactions traditionally thought to be reserved for cash only are now available on credit cards, thanks largely to technological advancements. Several companies, including Square, Intuit(INTU) and, most recently, PayPal, have introduced small credit card readers that attach to smartphones, then link to an app so small merchants or individuals can take credit and debit cards just like any other business.

“[These readers] are changing the landscape a bit,” says Ben Woolsey, director of marketing and consumer research with CreditCards.com. “It’s really lowering the barrier to entry.”

Politicians have long accepted credit card donations via their campaign Web site, but thanks to plastic card readers they can accept funds on the trail too.

Woolsey adds that electronic payments for public services can also save states and municipalities time a…………… continues on TheStreet.com

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