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    credit card readers for cell phones - yes or no for shows

    Greetings all - new to this forum and wonder what the collective thoughts are about credit card readers/swipers <whatever> for cell phones for craft shows. Have been out of that scene for a few years and now have some shows coming up. I've been noticing that I hardly see anyone paying by check anymore and some folks don't like to carry cash. When I was doing shows a few years ago, there really were not many options, but now there are. Will it hurt sales if I can't take credit cards? Also , how did the August/September shows do this year? Thanks in advance for any replies
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    I got a Square at Starbucks for $10. They returned my $10 . I used it for a garage sale. It is AWESOME
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    We got the Paypal Here device but have not used it yet, except for an internal test. It quickly transferred $5 from one of my accounts to another, so it looks like it will work well at craft shows. Time to put it to the test soon.
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    I have used the Square account for my mom's wedding chapel, and also as a customer at a cafe. It is very easy to use both as the account holder and as a customer. It works amazing with Tablets too. In regards to whether it is neccessary at shows, I think the more options you offer, the better your chances at a sale, especially if the show location doesn't offer ATM's. Also, first-timer show shoppers don't always realize they need cash.
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    i think if you are going to sell things you should always have something to accept a CC...people now days feel safer putting things on cards then walking around with lots of cash
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    Yes definitely have a way to accept credit cards. I don't use the square. I have a credit card machine through my bank, and I think it increased my sells a lot at my craft show. People don't really carry cash around anymore and when they run out of cash they usually stop shopping.

    I'm a craft show beginner and I recently wrote a blog post on 5 Steps to Craft Show Success. It's just a few things that helped me have a great first craft show.

    Good luck with your next craft show
    Jessi
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    more options can't hinder you surely? We recently expanded from paypal to use cards direct (hosted form) and it really helped, so can't see why in real life people don't prefer the extra option too.
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    I am not sure you can go wrong with that. Everyone is on a budget and accepting c.c. you can stretch that budget. Good Luck!
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    I also can't imagine that something can go wrong, so definitely YES
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    I haven't used one just yet but I do plan on it. Good to hear these opinions in here


 
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