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Credit Card Sales

edited April 2013 in The Toolbox
Credit card readers at comic conventions.  Anyone want to jump on that?
Square is the most popular, but the more I dig into this the deeper it goes.
What experiences have you had at conventions with credit card readers?
I got an ipad in may 2011 and started using a square that summer. I have had close to 800 in sales with the square, sales I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD if I was cash only.
It is a mandatory tool.
@RussellLissau is that money before Square's 2.75% per transaction fee?
Yes. That rate is negligible. Totally worth it.
On the "Square" thing — don't be dumb. Get a Square reader. (Or some way of reading cards at a con.) There's no sense in missing out on easy sales. (Plus, they're an easy way to get actual money from your credit cards. I've paid my rent repeatedly using money pulled off a card with my Square reader.)

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  • I already have a Square reader (had it for 2 years).

    But I couldn't use it because it only works with iPhones that are 4.0 and up (or current level Androids), neither of which I have.  But there are other readers that do work with other phone models / versions.  I'm tempted to go out and get a new smartphone *this week* -- however, I'm also reading that the next iPhone is coming out in August.  I could just wait for that.  It would suck to buy a phone now only to see it drop in value and price in a mere 3 months.

    So I take it nobody has used or seen other readers beyond Square?
  • Steve Horton has used the PayPal reader. I'm sure he'll chime in once he's back from vacation.
  • The last time I looked into Square it was only available in the States and there was a long comment thread with Canadians whining about not having access to it. Having just looked at the site this morning, it looks like not only is it now available in Canada, it is now more user-friendly than it was when it first came out.

    As a comic creator your goal should be to make your books as easy to access as possible. Square can give you that "one-up" and take away that excuse, "I don't have any cash on me otherwise I would...."

    Needless to say, I signed up.

    At the time I was initially looking into this, there was a company that was servicing Canada but it looks like it's since gone defunct.
  • I use both the Square reader and the PayPal reader, depending on which I can find at the momet (I have the PayPal one right next to me). Both are equivalent. The advantage of the PayPal one is that you can spend it with the PayPal debit card right away. The advantage of the Square one is that it auto-deposits into your checking account.
  • @SteveHorton - Nice info.  Thanks, bro.  Perhaps I'll get Paypal to go with my Square reader (which I already have).  Nothing wrong with giving customers a choice.
  • It shouldn't matter to the customer which you use.  To them it's just a credit card transaction, with either one, and asking them to choose would probably just confuse them.
  • Interesting -- anyone have experience using either in Canada?

    ~R
  • edited April 2013
    I'll let you know my experiences once I get my Square card reader. (I'll hopefully be getting the reader from Staples on Friday) I have a convention this weekend so I'll let you know how it goes.
  • Advice to Square users: get a second one, bring it along for backup. I always bring two.
  • The square site is sending me a free one for registering, so you might not have to pay the $10 for it (or a spare).

    That's really solid advice to get a second device for back-up, Russell.
  • Stores sell the Square devices for $10 (with a $10 credit when you use it) because stores don't like to stock things to give away for free. They're free directly from Square.
  • Another piece of Square advice: Get a latch or lanyard for it. I have mine on a lanyard I got from a casino, the kind you're supposed to hook yur players club card to. I clip it to a belt loop or to the back of my book rack for easy access and to prevent loss. I attatched it to the lanyard with velcro tape squares.
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