I’m sorry to hear of your frustrations. My understanding is that you’re particularly unhappy regarding the transition to EMV credit card processing – specifically, the need to purchase an upgrade from the version you’re currently using. I would like to address the subject of transitioning to EMV processing and the need to upgrade in particular, as well as several inaccuracies contained in your review.
Our customer base has come to expect us to release major upgrades, containing many new enhancements, at least once per year. We close off major branches of our software once they’ve been released for a sufficient period of time and only after we’ve made every effort to address any bugs/unintended behavior in that particular branch – this is a necessity in order to move forward. Continuing to develop for older versions of our software, as Microsoft does, would be a major undertaking for us – one that would require a much larger development staff, which would in turn drive up our pricing. The version of Liberty that you’re currently running was released in 2011. Payment processors only begun to support EMV transactions in 2015, and EMV standards & requirements continued to be revised and refined through last year. There was certainly no way to anticipate the requirements of EMV processing back in 2011, and we simply do not maintain source code for versions of the software that old.
The changes that we did have to make on our end to earn EMV certification for the payment processor you use centered around card issuer requirements for receipts. We had to alter our database structure to store EMV data, and we had to alter our receipt printing logic to pull in and output this data. I personally lobbied that processor to certify older versions of Liberty for EMV processing on the grounds that they have their own internal transaction database, and their software is capable of printing/reprinting receipts without directly involving Liberty. I was unsuccessful in my attempts to persuade them, which is regrettable, as I feel that much of your angst towards us is centered around this particular issue.
The list of compatible hardware for our payment processing integrations comes directly from the payment processors, not from Resaleworld. The nature of the transition to EMV has resulted in limited options – payment processors have had to focus their efforts on specific devices to achieve their own certification, and have at times run into bottlenecks outside of their own ability to control. When we first reached out to your payment processor about EMV Certification for their solution, we were informed that a specific would be the first device certified on their end. Several months later, we were informed that they were still waiting on firmware changes from that device’s manufacturer before they could certify it, but they had certified a completely different device in the meantime. Keep in mind that a lack of current options doesn’t mean that more won’t become available down the road. I also see where you’ve been made aware of other payment processors integrate with Liberty, which have different hardware to choose from – although an upgrade to a newer version of our software is still required for this option. Please understand that there’s nothing we can do on our end if the payment processors themselves don’t support other hardware.
The transition to EMV processing is the single most significant change to the credit card processing industry in the past thirty years. Many in the industry share the opinion that last October’s liability shift came far too early, and the entire industry – from the hardware suppliers to the card processors to the software vendors all the way down to merchants – wasn’t adequately prepared. From my perspective, I can assure you though that the transition has been a frustrating period for all involved. I can also tell you that we at Resaleworld did everything we could to make EMV processing available to our customers in a timely fashion, and to make the transition as smooth as possible. I honestly feel that your review is unfairly lashing out at us over factors outside of our control, and when we’ve taken reasonable steps to meet our customers’ needs.
I feel it is worth pointing out that your statement implying Liberty 4 doesn’t adhere to Federal Guidelines is incorrect. I can certainly understand your frustrations regarding the transition to EMV, however supporting EMV is not a mandate from either the federal government or from card issuers. Making the switch is generally accepted to be a good idea, and failure to support EMV does place you at a greater liability risk in the case of fraudulent transactions. That said, many national chains have elected not to make the transition as they feel the liability risk is outweighed by the cost of updating their software & hardware – and they’re well within their rights to do so.
I feel that your comments on the reporting features of Liberty are very misrepresentative of this area of our software. Liberty 4’s reporting is far and away the best in the consignment industry, and is extremely comprehensive. The software includes over 120 unique reports, some of which have thirty of more filters to allow for our customers to drill down to the level of detail they need. In fairness, reporting is an area where we have focused a great deal of our attention over the past five years. Since the 2011 release of the version of Liberty that you’re using, we have added over 400 different enhancements to our reporting system. I encourage you to upgrade in order to take advantage of all of the improvements that have been made over the past five years.
You state in two different areas that there is no technical support on Saturdays. Resaleworld offers Technical Support on Saturdays from 10:00am through 2:00pm est. We have offered this service for nearly six years. While we do not have a full staff available on Saturdays, we’re certainly able to handle any sort of technical emergency that prevents our customers from conducting business normally. Saturday support calls pertaining to non-emergency issues that cannot be quickly resolved are rescheduled for the following week, in order to ensure that the limited staff on duty has the availability to handle emergency issues.
We certainly do appreciate your business, and I wish that we could offer a solution that didn’t require an additional expenditure on your part. Keeping a comprehensive software package such as Liberty up-to-date is a significant undertaking, especially when it involves incorporating new technologies such as EMV card processing. Staying current does require a significant investment of resources on our part, which of course plays a major role in our upgrade pricing structure.